Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Day 9, 2016: Moustache Pitza (W. Village, NYC)


DAY 9: OCTOBER 9th, 2016

LOCATION: Moustache Pitza (90 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014)

GUEST(S): Robin Rothman, Jeff Greenspan

ORDER: 2 slices of Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Pitza, 2 slices of Chicken Pitza (lemon, garlic, red bell pepper, scallion, parsley), 1 slice of Lahambajin Pitza (Ground lamb, onions, tomatoes, parsley and spices.)

A Middle Eastern piece of pitza. There's an alluring scent of something different cooking in the West Village. Just follow your nose to Moustache, a cozy Middle-Eastern restaurant that offers traditional Middle Eastern fare and delicious pitza. That's not a typo. "Pitza" is pizza on pita bread and they proudly serve up some of the best pita in the business. In fact, given the history of pizza, utilizing pita as a base for "pitza" may be more authentic and historically accurate. There is no doubt that pizza has its roots in the Mediterranean region but the specific origin of its creation is a mystery for the ages. One legend has it that the word "pizza" is a derogatory word for the discarded pita bread scraps that were used to check the temperature of Ancient Greek ovens before baking the bread. Eons later, thanks to the discovery of the new world, tomatoes, toppings, and temperature controlled ovens, Moustache's pitzas have completely redeemed the pita! The perfectly cooked crisp pita serves as a sturdy edible vehicle for the traditional mediterranean toppings. Each signature pie includes top quality ingredients such as chicken, ground lamb or scallops and shrimp. My personal favorite was the Chicken Pitza which combines juicy chunks of chicken with thinly sliced red bell peppers, and a tasty blend of herbs and spices. Moustache's menu offers both a nod and an exotic alternative to the cheese-centric, thick crusted dish we have come to know as pizza. Pizza may have a rich and mysterious history, but at Moustache you should have no trouble solving the mystery of which pitza is your favorite.

Lahambajin pitza

Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella

Chicken pitza

Jeff, Sean, and Robin

1. Jeff Greenspan is a kharma comedian.  We met doing improv in 2001 while I was a member of an independent improv group called Firestorm and he was on the Kings County Foundation for Dramatic Studies. Now he does stand up and micro-doses of everything else.

My 4th grade class at Izmir Elementary school
2. Robin Rothman has some Turkish ancestry and I lived in Izmir, Turkey for two years when my father was stationed there in the 80's. My and 4th and 5th grade memories recall a lot of non-American food and, yes, most adult men had mustaches. Now, I have a much more mature palate and look forward to returning with Robin and maybe even my own mustache.

3. Today is the 9th day of October so with 22 days left in National Pizza Month, I have decided to embark on the 22 pushups challenge to raise awareness of veteran suicide.  On average, twenty two (22) veterans take their own lives EACH DAY due to Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injuries, or struggles and stresses associated with transitioning back to civilian life. I challenge anyone reading this to join me in raising awareness to help our veterans.  Hopefully, together we can lower that number to zero. Visit 22Kill.com for more information on donations and the #22Pushups campaign.


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  •  3/3
15.5/21 = .738 x 5 = 3.69

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