While driving along Rt. 35 in Wall, I had noticed a sign at the entrance to Perkins that says “Pizza – Bar” above the Perkins sign. I had passed it countless times and never gave it much notice. One day a friend said she was meeting someone for lunch at Mossuto’s Market. She said it was a deli that has a restaurant. When I asked where it was, I learned that that it was where that sign was. Pizza – Bar – Deli – Restaurant – Market? What is this place? A few weeks later the same friend raved about a wood fired pizza the she shared with her husband at the same location. She also mentioned that she brought home fresh homemade ravioli that were the best ever.
A short time later my wife and I went there with our friend and her husband. It was all true. You walk in and there are a few tables and a counter. Behind that is a market with a deli counter and display case of aged steaks and Berkshire Pork and a refrigerator with homemade pasta. There is an adjacent bar and a good size rectangular bar it is. Past the bar there is a dining room with a wall full of wine bottles. The host and hostess who greeted us at the entry were very friendly. We were shown to our table. The vibe in this place is family friendly, upbeat and lively. The menu is Italian traditional and the specials which were read to us showed creativity on the part of the chef. However, we were there for the pizza.
The pizza is cooked at 700 degrees in a wood fired oven. The crust is surprisingly light and airy around the edges and has a nice charred quality. We tried the Margherita and also the zucca, which is a combination of zucchini, caramelized onions, ricotta salata and fresh mozzarella drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Both were exceptional.
There is almost nothing on the menu that I would not hesitate to order. The pork chop Milanese has brought many raves as have the aged steaks. The pasta dishes are all good choices too. One special that was offered on a second visit was squid ink pasta served with swordfish and other seafood – perfect for the adventuresome palate.
Mossuto’s Market is the name on the façade of the building. If you enjoyed your steak or chop, you can get one to bring home to grill yourself. The homemade raviolis are the best I have found in the area. They are round and full of creamy ricotta with no thick doughy edges. The bar is abuzz with a local crowd that comes for the craft beers on tap, a nice selection of wines by the glass as well as cocktails. There is plenty of parking in the rear as well as the front.
Mossuto’s Market – restaurant – bar – deli – pizza and catering, despite it’s multi-monikers, does not seem to suffer one bit from identity crisis. In fact it creates an eclectic experience that draws people in to the family friendly atmosphere. It is living proof of the value of word of mouth advertising. How else would anyone know that a hidden gem exists within a place called Pizza – Bar on the outside?