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Stopped in at Mozza tonight

UnConundrum | Nov 23, 200906:14 PM

We went exploring in Laval today and stopped in at Mozza for dinner. The restaurant was dead so we picked a seat with a terrific view of the wood fired oven. Overall, our reaction was... eh!

We started out with the calamari and what I believe they called a "pizza fresca" which was a salad served on a flatbread. The calamari was excellent. Served with both a marinara sauce and aioli, both in ample quantities. The calamari was quite tender... very well done :) The pasta fresca was OK too, but launched a warning shot. As our order went in, I saw dough sheeter off to the side of the oven. Sure enough, the flatbread went right into the sheeter. A show was made of throwing the dough in the air after the sheeter, but I wasn't impressed. When served, to no surprise, it was quite thin and none of the great dough taste I was hoping for. The salad and toppings were fine, so I figured... ok... it's a flatbread. As we were finishing our meal, someone ordered a pizza, and sure enough the dough went through the sheeter again. I got up to look at it when it came out and there was hardly any cornicone, surely not the type of product their oven is capable of producing.

They served some warm rolls with a nice crust, but both my wife and I felt the bread had no taste. She finished up with the 4 cheese ziti which she thought was ok, but it had no sauce to speak of. The pasta itself seemed to be of decent quality, and the cheese was fine, but we had expected a bit of sauce of some sort, probably gorgonzola since that was one of the cheeses, but no such luck. I ordered the Chicken parm which was quite tender, but left me with a feeling that the breast was dry... My wife didn't agree, and I have problems describing the mouth feel I was left with... dry is the best I can do. Once again, the platter was under sauced. There was indeed some tomato based sauce on the chicken, under the cheese, but not a drop on the plate; almost like the sauce was painted onto the chicken. Same with the cheese, just enough to cover the chicken. I also thought it was somewhat strange that the default side for chicken parm was french fries. The fries were fine, but in my neck of the woods chicken parm is usually served with a side of some kind of pasta. There were also some grilled veggies included that I enjoyed.

Bottom line is that the meal was OK, and I'd surely go back for the calamari, but don't know what else I'd order.

On a side note, I noticed that Sami's Fruits was across the street. We stopped in an picked up some fruit for our hotel room. Sure wish I had that kind of selection somewhere near my home. Of course, you guys have Jean Talon, not much more is needed.

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