Restaurant :Pizzeria Moretti
Event: Turquoise Blog’s Foodies & Bloggers Girls Night Out
Restaurant type: Italian, pizza, pasta, 5@7, fancy
Prices: $15-$22 entrées, $16-$48 mains
Date: Friday June 22nd 2018
Table of: 8
My favorite dishes: the truffle mac n cheese
Back in June, I had the pleasure of organizing yet another Foodies & Bloggers dinner, but this time, featuring an all female crew! Yes, ladies’ night! Present at the dinner were all familiar faces I’ve had the pleasure of meeting over the last few months: myself @elisebgravel, Julie @julie_missjolie, Sarah @redlipstalk, Sabrina @hangryinmtl, Bri @foodiebri, Alex @jellybeaneats, Rola @montrealesque, Rachel @greedyinmontreal and GK @spoonfulof.chic!
Moretti is a beautiful Italian restaurant, located in the nicer part of Griffintown, corner Peel and Wellington. Although I didn’t really get a chance to fully explore the restaurant, the decor was stunning; a perfect mix between industrial, modern and chic.
Once everyone arrived, we mostly opted to order our own dishes, rather than share everything. I did however end up sharing with Julie and thus being able to fully test out two dishes: the truffle mac n cheese and the burrata pizza.
The truffle mac n cheese with mimolette, fontina, aged cheddar, parmigiano reggiano, black truffles and pangrattato was simply amazing; one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever eaten (and trust me, I’ve eaten a lot). Everything was so perfect and well executed; the pasta was a perfect al dente, the sauce was creamy, cheesy and generous, you could taste the delicious cheeses and the amazing truffles in every bite. There was even a bit of crunch from the nice little bread crumble. 10/10!
The burrata pizza with San Marzano tomatoes, wild mushrooms, burrata and black truffles was very good, but not cheesy enough for me. There was only burrata and no melted cheese on the pizza. The burrata portion was very generous but in retrospect, burrata is something that needs to be savoured on its own, not added to a pizza. The pizza itself was very good though, the dough and sauce were perfect and you could definitely taste the truffles. The mushrooms however were pretty inexistent.
In terms of the other dishes ordered, there was: pomodoro gnocchi, squid ink seafood pasta, fried calamari, arancini and a couple other pizzas. Everyone enjoyed their meal, but I feel like the pasta dishes were a bigger hit than the pizzas.
To accompany my meal, I chose a glass of Pinot Grigio was very good too; I would drink it again. Some of the other girls chose either cocktails or a bottle of red wine to share, which they all enjoyed as well.
Overall, the meal was excellent, the food was near close to perfect and the company was top. The service however was quite poor, in comparison to other Montreal establishments. It felt very rough around the edges (even when I called to make a reservation, I felt like I was bothering them and the guy on the other end was quite literally yelling at me through the phone, not sure if that’s just how he normally talks but someone please give him a customer service/hospitality 101 course please) and they were definitely in a hurry to get rid of us in order to turn over our table and pass it on to the next customers. I didn’t particularly enjoy the vibes/ambiance of the restaurant either, it was very posh and “look at me” ; not my scene. I just wanted some good Italian food. The dessert menu also needs a bit of love, as it was a very boring selection, so I didn’t get any, even though I still had some room left.
I have my own criteria when it comes to reviewing restaurants, which I also use on my Instagram account (@elisebgravel). It’s very simple, there are only three points: the quality of the food (on 10), the price (from $ to $$$$$) and the following question: would I go back?
So, here is my review of Pizzeria Moretti:
Would I go back?: Only because they have the greatest truffle mac n cheese. Otherwise no, because I didn’t enjoy the ambiance and felt like I was a bother to them.
UP NEXT: my restaurant review of Yokato Yokabai Ramen House (multi story Japanese restaurant in the Plateau!)
*All photos and opinions are mine