★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
46 Ben Yehuda
Sunday – Thursday (11am–12am)
My friends and I may have ended up at Pizza Cosi on its first night open—I’m still not sure. Either way, the group was quite happy to be seated in the attractive restaurant after roaming about the streets aimlessly, unable to settle on a place to eat.
I found the name of the restaurant to be deceptive. When I hear “Pizza Cosi,” I think of a simple pizza joint. But don’t be fooled, the restaurant was quite lovely, with booth tables and simple décor. The music, however, made it seem like they were trying a little too hard to be hip.
After we placed our orders, our oddball waiter (who looked like he must have had a second job as a mime) brought us some delicious, warm bread with a tasty olive tapenade.
Doug and I a ordered fried goat cheese salad to start, which was delicious. The nuggets of cheese were perfectly crispy, warm and creamy on the inside, doused with an amazing dressing. A few juicy plum tomatoes and mushrooms that came with the cheese made the dish seem fuller, but without need. As one of our friends commented, the fried goat cheese nuggets were “hella bomb”—they could have been a dish of their own.
Our friends ordered the bruschetta antipasti, which was nothing special—doughy bread with grilled veggies.
My gnocchi with Bulgarian cheese was good. The gnocchi was light, chewy, and soft, providing a pleasantly delicate texture with each bite. The Bulgarian cheese definitely contributed a salty touch that was just right at first, but managed to get a little overwhelming as I continued to eat.
My friend’s Napoletana pasta was basic—a classic that wasn’t done excellently or poorly. Meanwhile, Doug’s Pestito dish was a little lacking. It was a little too oily and could have used some cheese and, surprisingly enough, more pesto.
Our other friend’s pasta dish, salmon fesa, was tasty. The salmon was well cooked and had a good flavor, but the dish itself would have benefited from some spiciness.
All in all, our restaurant experience was solid. The food was good, the waiter was incredibly attentive (perhaps because we were practically the restaurant’s only patrons), and the environment was lovely. What they lacked, however, was diners. I’ll chalk it up to bad publicity for the restaurant’s opening, though, and wish them more diners in the future.