Thursday, October 24, 2013


Ahh...the Metreon. It's been under a makeover for the past couple years and they seem to be nearing the end of it's latest transformation. Included in that is a selection of new places to eat either before or after shopping at Target or seeing a movie. Once such place just opened a couple weeks ago called Via Moto Italian. (no website yet) The specialize in quick Italian--salads, pressed sandwiches and pizzas which come in 2 sizes--a 5 inch and a 10 inch. The 5 inch is like a personal pizza and well, it seemed just the right size that I could actually try two of them and not feel too much like a glutton. Okay, so maybe a little glutton. I got the Umbrian and the Livia.


Each one was made by hand to order and took about 7 minutes total time to make and bake in a brick oven, which in the grand scheme of things wasn't so bad. The Umbrian is tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, roasted chicken, ricotta, roasted garlic and basil. The Livia was tomato sauce, smoke mozzarella, sliced meatballs, fennel sausage, ricotta, purple onions and basil. These were thin crust pizzas, which I liked. The dough was appropriately crispy in all the right places and didn't get soft like and greasy from the toppings like some pizzas can. The mozzarella was very creamy like a burrata and added some fresh flavor to the pies. The chicken was juicy and tasty also. I enjoyed the full pieces of roasted garlic and crisped leaves of basil. The meatballs were actually slices of a meatball and I won't say they were my favorite thing, I think it was the texture and some sort of seasoning, it just tasted a little off and mushy. I did like the sausage and purple onion combo and again with the crispy basil leaves. Beyond the meatball these were tasty little pizzas with some fresh toppings. It's not the best pizza in San Francisco but they are still good and a decent alternative to some of the other food choices in the Metreon. 

Next time we are seeing a movie and have a hankering for a snack between our double features I'd be more than willing to try them again especially since they have the small sizes.  They also do a meal deal of pizza, side salad and drink for $12. Did I mention the 5 inch pizzas are $7? Either way, they are bigger than a sandwich and worth the price of admission. 

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