|Sicilian Salami Platter, Mosaico - Whitton|
UPDATE: Since writing this blog Mosaico have updated their pizza menu and unfortunately the size of their pizzas have now halved without a price reduction. I'm not sure if this is a mistake but I will be trying to contact them to find out more and if what we experienced was just a once off error.
I've been popping in to Mosaico for sometime now, an Italian cafe/restaurant located across from the station on Whitton High Street, and while I enjoy their food, it appears to be taking sometime for the Whitton folk to appreciate how good and genuinely Italian the food is at Mosaico. Despite this, they are now gaining more adopters and hopefully more momentum because as I have discovered, the food is different and worth checking out.
At Mosaico, you can get Sicilian salami served simply, with olive oil, a few cherry tomatoes, a few greens and a delicious pizza bread. They have a nice beetroot salad - also quite simple, and if I'm honest its a little dated in the presentation but adequate given that it is in Whitton and not some trendy eatery in central Soho. Mosaico attempts to present well, but the decor is slightly passe (its a little heavy/dark inside), and although many of their dishes lack true refinement, they do have some outstanding plates of food and an outdoor eating area in which to enjoy it in.
|Obsession with their secret pizza, Mosaico - Whitton|
As far as food goes, if you're lucky, they may have their clam linguine on the specials boards (although I have not seen it for sometime or even attempted to look because I am obsessed with their 'special' pizza) it is a very good dish. In addition to this, they do a solid gorgonzola ravioli that is rich, creamy and fabulously indulgent. I think it necessary to point out that the wine per bottle is reasonable at around 20 pounds, but more importantly - it is actually very good, unpretentious wine.
|Spicy Sicilian Sausage, Pizza, Mosacio - Whitton|
As I mentioned before, what I have been attempting to do, and failing every time, was document how good a particular pizza they serve at Mosaico is. (Food blogger phenomenon called *FJA). So the pizza is not actually listed on their menu apart from saying something like the special pizza or pizza of the day. It is not widely known about and pretty much still secret today. It is a flat, white based pizza covered with spicy Sicilian sausage and a wild, almost thistle like plant that is found in the Italian mountains. We have a similar plant in New Zealand called Puha that is close in flavour and it is an acquired taste. If you want genuine Italian then you can't get better than this pizza. Incidentally I still maintain Croatia, not Italy, actually do the best pizza's (if you check out my trip to Hvar you will see) but I may need to 'revisit' that soon.... Stay tuned.
Mosaico is a nice little unassuming eatery that has more genuine Italian food than most similar style restaurants, but its their special pizza that makes it a staple for me.
*FJA - - 'food joy amnesia'. You're presented with an incredibly good dish, usually a star dish. Its just you and the food everything else disappears, and sometime later you 'come round' and you're halfway through eating the dish/drink and have missed that pre-eat photo opportunity to document the food/drink, for the blog post. You have to return to the restaurant again at a later date. You could end up in an infinite loop if it happens on each subsequent visit.