Bauer had recommended Cupola Pizzeria, and Yelpers seemed generally positive, so I put aside my skepticism and we headed there. It is located inside the Westfield Mall, up on the top floor as part of the restaurants under the dome. It looks fairly nice, for a mall restaurant.
There were lots of little things that immediately reminded me that I was dining in a more casual place. My knife was covered in smudges. The water had a funny taste. There weren't even shakers of parmesan cheese, chili flakes, oregano, etc available. But there was an open kitchen in the back, with a giant pizza oven. It looked possibly promising! Unfortunately, it wasn't good.
|Margherita Extra - buffalo mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, pecorino, basil. $14.50.|
The sauce had a very strange tang to it and was pretty sweet. San Marzano tomatoes should be better than this! The cheese didn't have a particularly strong flavor, it definitely didn't steal the show as a good buffalo mozzarella should on a margherita pizza. And there was something really strange going on with salt on one piece I had. I'm not sure what it came from, as it didn't seem to be in the sauce or evenly distributed anywhere else in the pizza. Perhaps it was in the cheese? Or maybe they salted it? Whatever the case, I had a few bites that were just ridiculously salty and pretty disgusting. The crust was thin and decent, but could have been crispier. The basil was the tastiest thing on this pizza.
|Arrabiata – pancetta, chili peppers, San Marzano tomatoes, oregano. $15.50.|
Do not recommend.