Pizza Moto Has a Permanent Home; Pete Wells Approves


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Pizza Moto, the popular mobile pizzeria in Brooklyn has opened a brick and mortar location, called Pizza Moto @ John Grace Bakery. It’s located on the border of Carroll Gardens and Red Hook and Brooklyn, and has been a long time coming. David Sclarow and his business partner Anna Viertel first found the space for the restaurant more than two years before it opened. Pete Wells reviewed it this week, gave it one star and recommends that you check it out for yourself.

Menu highlights include the clam pizza, which is “something like a flat clam chowder: It’s topped with sliced potatoes and profoundly smoky bacon. But what makes it hard to put down is the flavor of clams cooked in cream and white wine that suffuses the whole thing.” He also enjoyed some of the pies with tomato sauce, including “the very good pepperoni pizza (it’s actually chorizo, slightly hotter, and tangy) and the “eggs in hell” pizza, which has bacon and mozzarella arrayed around the cyclopean eye of a single sous-vide egg.”

It wasn’t all perfect. The carbonara pizza was uninteresting, and a “a fried lasagna noodle coated with powdered cheese, tomatoes and pizza seasonings,” a complimentary appetizer from the kitchen was something Wells didn’t need.

Other appetizers were better. He especially recommends getting over your “narrow-minded hangups about eating two courses of pizza” and ordering a pie with bacon fat, rosemary, salt, and black pepper to start.

He enjoyed the cocktails and beer, but felt that the wine list could be better. He described the atmosphere as “a small, warmly lit dining room with hand-built furniture, pinball playfields on the walls and a turn-of-the-century oven on display in the back.” Sounds like our kind of place.


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