Following extensive refurbishments, the venue formerly known as Tony Macaroni has reopened under a new name and mission: Mozza, where pizza takes centre stage. The menu is comprised of thirteen pizzas, each more decadent than the last. From the classic tomato and mozzarella to the more experimental BBQ sauce and pancetta, every pizza is baked in the restaurant’s primary selling point – Marana wood burning ovens, allegedly the finest pizza ovens on the market. Mozza further promises top tier ingredients, down to the flour used in their sour dough.
Having now sampled the fare, we can confirm that Mozza manages to live up to its own hype. The pizzas deliver more than enough bang for their buck: Priced between £6 and £8, every pie comes fully loaded with a unique assortment of toppings, framed by a perfectly charred crust.
Despite its substantial size, I found the pizza to be lightweight, thanks to the aforementioned sour dough base. The dough achieves a flawless harmony of a thin centre, allowing the toppings to take priority, and a thick, chewy exterior. The meal satisfied us without bloating or weighing us down, leaving just enough room for dessert.
In addition to a small selection of soft serve ice cream, Mozza has two noteworthy desserts on offer. The “birramisu,” a tiramisu made with beer instead of coffee, and a mozzarella-based strawberry and white chocolate cheesecake. Both were absolutely delicious – particularly the birramisu, which impressed even this non-beer loving reviewer.
On the subject of beer, Mozza offers a variety of craft beers. Although pricey at first glance (the cheapest bottled beer is £14), the beverages deliver on size: Equivalent to a bottle of wine, this is not your standard Peroni.
For those watching their booze intake, a gently matured Menabrea is also available on draught.
Overall, we feel that Mozza makes a fine addition to Bell Street. The restaurant’s strong central identity should allow it to excel in its chosen field. Aside from Dominoes, St Andrews sorely lacks a proper pizza joint. And let’s be honest, Dominoes isn’t really “pizza.” It’s just… Dominoes.
Mozza’s pizza ovens will be put to the test during Freshers’ Week 2017, during which pizzas will be £1 for students. With proceeds going to a local charity, we’ll finally have an excuse to eat pizza once (or twice) a day – for the good of St Andrews.