Word of Mouth: Pizza Mezzaluna

June 10th, 2011 by Vanilla Ice



We’re actually getting kinda sick of new restaurants; it’s a bit tedious pointing out the same types of flaws over and over and over again and ultimately being disappointed more often than impressed. (Here’s a novel idea: why don’t you try working to improve the shitty restaurant you already have, rather than opening a new one every nine months, you greedy egomaniacal bastard?) But hey, maybe that’s just us.
Anyhoo! It’s so nice to see you! We hadn’t planned on visiting your place, probably like— ever— but the "word of mouth" on this joint has been pretty outstanding. So, ya know— we’re intrigued. We’re hoping that good "word of mouth" is all genuine, and we can get us some of that good in our mouth. Word.
What’s that? You’d love to take advantage of all our vast experience, knowledge, insight, and expertise as long as we’re already here? Because you’re hoping we’ll like it and help spread the news, since you fired your publicist long ago for not doing jack shit for you?
Of course, we’d be honored. Oh ha, yesss, we’ll be honest— brutally honest even, ha ha! After all, that’s what obnoxious opinionated food-bloggers are for!
No no please, don’t send anything more, we’re stuffed, we can’t breathe, you’ll have to roll us out of here, ha ha ha… !


Mezzaluna (Greenwich Village)

What exactly made you choose our restaurant?
It was recommended by a friend whose opinion I value highly.

What was your first impression?
Oh wow, it really is tiny!

Please rate the Bar:
N/A. This place could very well be classified as a glorified takeout joint. There are maybe 18 or 19 seats in the whole place, which is actually kind of astounding considering how very small it is.

Please rate the drinks/ cocktails/ wine:
They only have a few wine selections and not much else. They’re not bad— decent, drinkable and reasonably priced.

Please rate the Dining Room:
Like I said, impressive for what it is. But be prepared to share your conversation with your neighbors. Better yet, see if you can score the lone outdoor deuce; the view up and down Houston St can be pretty entertaining in that fishbowl kind of way.

Please rate the BOH:
Solid. Pizza, some pasta, a few salads and a random special entree here and there. Nothing too fancy, but it’s certainly no Famiglia’s, ha ha ha.

How was the staff?
She’s great. She works really hard.

What did you eat?/ How was the food?
Tricolore salad : Nice. Simple but fresh and flavorful.
Pollanca salad : Wow, a meal in itself. The white raisins add a touch of sweetness, but it’s pretty hearty nonetheless. Great summer dish.
Squid ink linguine with shrimp :
Very good. Just a touch of spice. So piping hot, the pasta is cooking the shrimp in front of me; next time I’ll ask for the shrimp very rare.
Homemade spaghetti with bolognese sauce : Good! Straightforward and artless, but tasty and perfectly stick-to-your-ribs satisfying.
Piccante pizza : Ohhh yeah, that’s the stuff right there. Great crisp and thin but bubbly crust. Quality ingredients— just plain yummy.

What did you like?
I admire the lack of pretension despite all its charm.

What did you dislike?
Nothing really. Oh OK, the bathroom is claustrophobic.

What was your last impression?
Sooo… Houston St is the new restaurant row?

Would you come back?
Actually, I already have.

Thank you, and hope to see you soon!
Thanks, it’s a pleasure.



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