Pizza Moto, the mobile pizza operation that first made waves at Brooklyn Flea and its sister food market Smorgasburg, has finally put down roots. Three years after they found a hidden coal oven in an old bakery on the border of Red Hook and Carroll Gardens, partners Anna Viertel and Dave Sclarow, the man behind the pies, have finished work on their first restaurant. There is seating for 46 people total, with 6 at the bar as well as at the chef’s table in the large open kitchen, which Viertel says will be used more for hosting guests while they wait for tables than actual meals.
All that extra space — and the luxury of, you know, an actual kitchen of their own — means that Sclarow and sous-chef Joe Bliffen will be able to flex their muscles and cook a lot more than just pizza. So, along with pies featuring greens-and-pistachio pesto, or deconstructed clam chowder, there will be small and large plates like fresh rye pasta with country ham, and a whole fish with salsa verde. If an early visit from Grub is any indication, you won’t want to skip those dishes — especially the fried broccoli with yuzu-koshu lemon curd. Sclarow also plans to switch things up every other week and to revamp the menu once a season. They’ve also got a full liquor license, so there are also a few cocktails (all $12) like the Harry’s Bouquet (gin, Pernod rinse, celery soda, aperol, lemon bitters) and after-dinner drinks. Here’s a look at the space and some of the food:
Pizza Moto @ John Grace Bakery, 338 Hamilton Ave.