I heard that this place is owned by the same people as Senso. I've actually spied this place for a long time, but today, I finally managed to get the opportunity to give it a go. This place was packed to the brim at about 7.30pm with a short queue forming at the door. Business does look quite good on a holiday eve and the staff seemed so caught up with their errants, only an occasion person popped out to check on the queue, enquiring the seating requirements of the waiting groups outside.
We started dinner with some antipasti call Nerone and the Suberbo salad.
The Suberbo is actually a very simple salad. And frankly, I'm quite disappointed that the effort did not go beyond anything more exciting than a small mound of shredded lettuce for greens. In the dainty portions, I counted 3 average sized mussels and a couple of shrimps. Though acceptably fresh ingredients were used, I think they could have done a lot better with the seafood portions. Having mention prawns should mean that there should be real prawns and not just small shrimps. On the plus side, this salad was really delightfully appetising. The dressing consist of just some coarse grained black pepper and lemons. It's simple, refreshing and it really makes you more hungry while going through the 20 minute wait for the pizza. I don't know if that's good or bad for you.
Shrimp No.1 and No.2
The Nerone is simply mixed grilled vegetables and mozzarella cheese with some Parma ham as described in the menu. The resultss of the cooked vegetables here are leaps below that of Riciotti. I'm honestly quite disappointed again by this show of poor offerings. The vegetables that are actually grilled lack aroma from the grill. I mean, it says grilled vegetables on the menu. Fool me once. If I had known that half of it isn't what I was wanting, I probably would not have ordered this. The salvation of this dish for me was actually the sun dried tomatoes and the mozarella cheese. The dressing for this dish was likewise simple with just olive oil and a dash of coarse grained pepper.
The highlight of dinner which was what we really came for was the pizza. And this is Isabella.
I must say that I am very relieved that Spizza actually did pizza right. All the way from the crispy thin crust to the tasty salty cheese. What the menu described as rucola salad is actually just some leaves layered on top of the pizza. The whole is complete by the sprinkle of coarse grained black pepper. This one is actually the large sized pizza at $19.00. I think I could have finished it all by myself. It's that good and like I've always thought, these thin crust pizzas are how they'r supposed to be unlike the pretenders Pizza Hut that try to fill you up with their thick oily crust. And I think I just might be back for Spizza's other.
Dessert was a tiramisu. I think I've mentioned a couple of times that they're very variable and tends to be disappointing. But occasionally, I place blind faith in the dessert for Italian based restaurants.
In comparison to Menotti, this one has a larger cream to cake ratio. The cake wasn't not as liquor soaked, but it was quite decent the same. Enjoyable, but nothing really beyond the norm.