B.R.S. (Bear Rating System)
(they only have the menu in Russian on their website)
Let's get this started off right! I decided, since I am from New York, the very first restaurant review should be a totally unbiased and honest review of pizza NOT from New York. Just kidding, it will probably be absolutely biased but, anyway, Here It Is!
The name of this restaurant is called Zotman Pizza Pie. It is located across the street from ITAR TASS, the Moscow-based news agency. The restaurant is conveniently located in the center of Moscow. It’s about a 10 minute walk from Tverskaya and Pushinskaya metro stations (HINT: It’s better to exit on the side of McDonalds and Benetton).
It doesn't matter if you're heading to the restaurant or just ate at Zotman - the walk is nice. It will make you hungry or it can help you walk off the "Food Coma" your about to experience. Now, I have been to this restaurant a few times and each time the food and service have both been really good. If I were to try and describe the cuisine offered, I think I would like to say that it is in the genre of maybe hippie pizza or pizza fusion. Both those descriptions are in fact, my own! They do offer menus in both Russian and English and there is usually at least one person on the waitstaff that can speak English. The prices are average to slightly below average - and that’s a good thing! You know, I was talking with a friend the other day and he said to me,"You know, I never want to walk out of a restaurant and feel like 'ooo' I paid too much or that wasn't worth the money I paid." You won’t feel like that at Zotman - PROMISE!
So, let’s get back to the restaurant.The decor is inviting with lots of brick, wood and steel. To be honest, it sort of does put me in a pizza joint back home but it has a bit more flare. Maybe a bit more upscale but I’m not complaining. For me, it’s all about the food, the freshness and the service. I don’t like having the experience of, 'I got a bad meal but hey, these seats are comfy' - you know what I mean!?!?
The Pizza: It's a thin crust pie, definitely not New York style...moving on... the concept of the restaurant is brick oven pizza with a twist. On some pizza you'll have rugelach or spinach or anchovies. Actually speaking of anchovies they have a sauce for their Pizza which has ground-up anchovies in it and it’s amazing! My favorite pizzas so far, have been:
- The salsicha, mushrooms, potatoes, and rosemary
- The chicken, broccoli, cream cheese, and jalapeno
Something cool about the restaurant:
I had the opportunity to speak with the manager and we had a great conversation. Almost the entire staff that works at the Bolshaya Nikitskaya location has been there since the beginning. This tells me that everyone knows the menu and they are very willing to help with recommendations or substitutions. I was told that they wouldn't have a problem letting you know if certain foods and/or drinks pair well. That's a plus on my end.
Wrapping this post up - I'd like to say that Zotman has my recommendation and I highly suggest for you to give it a try. If you already have, please leave a comment about your experience. This website is about sharing information and building a community.
Until next time, here's a quote by Yogi Berra: