WHEN THE MOON HITS YOUR EYE AND IT’S NOT AMORE…

Moonlight Pizza Company

I’m not in love.  Even though it was a beautiful night, and I had the privilege of sharing a meal with three of my most favorite dinner companions, I was just…underwhelmed.  Not to say the pizza was bad.  It just wasn’t…what I had hoped.

http://www.moonlightpizza.com

Overall: 2.8 out of 5

Food/Beverage:  2.5 out of 5

Ambiance: 2.5 out of 5

Value: 2.5 out of 5

Service: 4 out of 5

I would imagine on a different night, the ambiance would be better.  This particular night, the place was crawling with children.  At any other restaurant, it wouldn’t be such a big deal.  This particular pizza joint had a terrible echo.  The amount of children…the sheer volume…it was too much.  So we sat outside.  On a night that looked a little stormy and had a nice breeze and a bit of a chill in the air.  The patio outside is nice. There are lights strung between the trees, a comfortable amount of space between tables, but it’s situated on a busy corner so be prepared for traffic.  Nice and loud.

Our waitress was fast, sweet and didn’t chit chat too much with our party.  She had a good sense of humor and was able to fake enjoyment at ours (dropped a few things by one of my companions then proceeded to laugh at our jokes about the Raleigh Triangle…).

The food:  We started with the calamari ($8.5).  It was great! Brought the rating on food/beverage up from a 2 to a 3.

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Nice and crispy.  Served with a garlic lemon aioli and a tomato sauce.  There was a great peppery kick to the breading, which went very well with the aioli.

For dinner we chose two pies.  The Cow Over the Moon pizza (meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, onions, mozzarella and cheddar cheese and of course sauce at $21 for a large) and the Greenhouse Effect (garlic, basil, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes,  spinach, lemon zest and mozzarella cheese at $16.5 for a medium).  The meat pizza was good…sausage had enough spice to carry the rest of the pizza.  Still, for $21 I expected more.

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The greenhouse effect was…bland.  They used frozen spinach, and it gathered in piles on top of the pizza creating a wet, soggy flavorless blob.

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The crust was the best part of the pizza.  Days later one of my dinner companions said “I really did like the crust” as if he had been pondering the pizza, contemplating whether or not he really enjoyed it and came to this conclusion in that particular moment.  It was cooked well, nice and crispy, and even held up to the weight of the soggy spinach.

The specialty pies all sounded interesting.  May be we just chose wrong on the veggie.  And the drinks were good.  They had an alright wine selection, good prices on this particular night, some specialty cocktails and a good selection of local craft beers.

I’d go back, build my own pizza without spinach…may be with more garlic and ask for some pepper flakes or something to give it a little more something.

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