A new venue has popped up like a beautiful flower after much-needed rain. It’s a new specialised pizza bar on Pirie Street. When passing by, you might see a glimpse of a wood oven and people enjoying their meals. This first impression of cosiness is replaced by a surprising spacious feel, and grand European cuisine.
The menu is short and sweet, but it’s still hard to choose whether you want to try hand crafted pizzas or some other speciality from the mains menu. Maybe you fancy a mozzarella plate? Welcome to your Italian cousins’ home. They have a selection of great wine from France and Italy, with the knowledge of what will suit your meal. The Swiss waiter, maintaining his ingrained diplomacy, slowly becomes friendly with you, neutrally smiling at the end. Sitting like a mannequin in a shop window at my bench seat, made me want to sit and smile at people the whole day, everyday.
The wait of 30 minutes is worth the culinary experience of their food. Every pizza is asymmetrically unique, with sunny tomato sauce. Mine was decorated with genuine prosciutto and traditional mozzeralla. Accompanied by a French Riesling, the meal was a celebration of life.
If EST, a favourite for pizza, didn’t only open evenings, Pizza e Mozzarella Bar would mean a serious threat to my dinner choices. Luckily I can be faithful to both.
On less sunny side, get your wallet ready to pay the price for good and ethical meal. Even tap water has a price tag* (During my second visit to this food loving institution our Swiss friend informed me that the charge for water goes to a children’s charity every week to provide clean water. Now it becomes ethical without any irony attached) .