They're Mad For Pizza
You may or may not have noticed, but there's a new pizzeria in town. Mozza, a Neapolitan pizza chain has recently opened its doors in Union Square, Aberdeen. With three other restaurants in Scotland (Dundee, St. Andrews & Glasgow), Mozza promises to bring an authentic taste of Naples to the city. Part of the Tony Macaroni brand, it is the first of two of his restaurants coming to Aberdeen, with another set to open in Marischal Square later in the year.
I'm going to be honest and say that when I heard a new Italian restaurant opening in Union Square, I was a bit sceptical as there is an abundance of Italian chains in there. However when I found out exactly who Mozza were and what they were offering - authentic style Neapolitan pizza, my view somewhat changed as Aberdeen is crying out for quality pizzerias as it's something we really don't have enough of. Pizza is without doubt my favourite food, so I was especially happy when I was lucky enough to be invited along to a "Pizza Masterclass" at Mozza.
On arrival we were greeted by Steph, who organised the evening and Ricardo, the area manager who showed us to our seats at a very well presented table featuring individual name cards of everyone attending. After some friendly introductions before and ordering our drinks, we were ready to start the evening.
Before ordering our pizzas, Ricardo took the time to go through the menu and explain the story behind each pizza; the inspiration for it, the ingredients, the recipe & how they differ to other similar pizzas. The menu contains 13 different pizzas; 12 of them being described on the menu and "lucky 13" which is a pizza where the chef will create whatever he fancies at that time - a nice twist.
The pizzas all sounded great & it was so hard to choose! In the end it came down to pizzas 5 & 10, with me finally opting for pizza number 5 - the spicy 'nduja sauce being the deciding factor.
Ricardo then took us into the kitchen to show us how the number 2 pizza (margherita) was made. He took the time to explain the entire process from the dough to the finished article as the pizza was made by the chef in real time. It was extremely interesting & the fact these pizzas only took 90 seconds to cook (60 in the oven & 30 seconds in the "sky") blew my mind!
Before our orders arrived, the margherita that we watched get made in the kitchen earlier was brought over to the table for us to try. After hearing so much about pizza and watching pizza get made I was more than happy to tuck right into a slice & it was definitely worth the wait. It tasted great, and a perfect teaser for what was to come next.
When our main pizzas finally arrived, they certainly did not disappoint - they looked absolutely fantastic! The pizza itself was excellent, the base was cooked to perfection; thin, soft & spongy - just like Ricardo described beforehand, and the toppings brought it all together perfectly. The combination of the meat & spicy sauce worked together perfectly with the mozzarella & ricotta cheeses. For being such a thin based pizza, it was surprisingly filling - I was stuffed by the time I finished the last bite, but I enjoyed every second of it.
For dessert, there was only really one option - the aptly named Birramisu that added a beer inspired twist to the classic Italian dessert, replacing the coffee with beer. And wow, what a tasty dessert! It was sweet, creamy & with the slightest hint of beer throughout the sauce for it to live up to its name.
Overall I had a fantastic evening at Mozza & I can't thank Steph, Ricardo & the Mozza team enough for having me. Not only was it a highly interesting experience, I met some great people, enjoyed some drinks & of course sampled some excellent pizza. I will definitely be back to Mozza (the gold card I was kindly gifted will make sure of that) as it is easily some of the best pizza I have tasted in the city - Aberdeen is crying out for more quality pizzerias like this & I encourage you all to get along to Mozza and experience it for yourselves.