Enoteca Mozza Montreal
By Jennifer HoOct 08 2011 · 0 comments · Dining Out
One of the snazzier restaurants the West Island has to offer, Enoteca Mozza has a full bar as well as a separate dining area, both of which were incidentally humming as we stopped by for Friday night dinner. Boasting wood-fire ovens, an authentic selection of Italian eats and a penchant for simple, fresh cooking, Enoteca seems to be doing things right. Tailored to the suburban clientele, the place is accommodating to families (almost every dish on the menu is offered in ‘family size’, reinforcing this idea), larger groups and sports fans (large TVs broadcasting sporting events are strategically placed by the bar and in key spots in the dining room). In the course of ten minutes, we heard three “Happy Birthdays” sung around us.
The portions here are extremely generous. A small is enough to feed two people – I shared the Hazel salad with another and the portions worked out just about right. The salad was indeed quite fresh and flavorful: the caramelized pears gave it a hint of sweetness, the hazelnuts some crunch and the gorgonzola a kick of crumbly salty goodness. Taking advantage of the family size deal value, we ordered the wood-fired Pizza Rapini and the Spaghetti Pollo e Rucola. The pizza was served on a huge platter, thankfully pre-cut. Topped with rapini, crumbled sausage, roasted red peppers and provolone, each slice was chock full of tasty ingredients . The pasta came in a large bowl, full of grilled chicken, baby arugula, semi-dried cherry tomatoes and roasted garlic. Not bad at all! We actually had trouble finishing this dish so we ended up taking what was left to go.
With the establishment of Mozza, West Islanders now have a new and exciting Italian option for dinner. For something a little more traditional, check out La Serenata.
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