I have to admit I was leery of going to a shopping mall for the sole purpose of having dinner, and I'm
no a fan of restaurant chains either, but I'm a sucker for true Neopolitan style pizza so I had to give it a shot.
It turned out to be a huge disappointment. My husband and I started off with the fresh pulled to order mozzarella. When it was delivered it looked more like burrata, there was no real structure to it at all,
Just a glop of white swimming in olive oil. It had a funky "chew" to it, almost like a wad of gum.
At $11 it was a pretty meager portion too.
We then had two pizza's. The Margarita and the Arabiata. Both came to the table pale and limp, with no char or crunch to them at all. Their only saving grace were the toppings. The sauce was fresh and bright tasting and the pancetta was of good quality.
After dinner my husband went to talk to one of the cooks manning the impressive pizza oven. He asked how hot the oven was and the cook took a look at the thermometer which was attached to the side of the over and said it was almost 700 degrees. Now I'm no pizza oven expert but I do know that these oven's usually cook at a much higher temperature. Why invest so much money on such a beautiful oven and not use it to it's most potential? I just don't get it. There is no excuse for making such a lackluster pie when you have the benefit of an oven like that.
The only saving grace of the evening was that the wine was half off (a special for the month of July)
All in all I don't think I'll be heading to the mall for dinner anytime soon.