An Upper-Crust Pizzeria

MTBocconcino II is located inside the swanky new Vremena Goda mall.
When the original Bocconcino opened several years ago on Strastnoi Bulvar, it lifted the humble pizzeria genre to a new level of fashionableness. With its chic interior, supercentral downtown location and incredibly light designer pizzas, it soon attracted a moneyed crowd, which is just as well given its substantial prices.

Fans of Bocconcino now have an additional option for sating their pizza cravings, as a second Bocconcino has just opened on Kutuzovsky Prospekt.

Bocconcino II is at the far end of Kutuzovsky Prospekt, inside the swanky new Vremena Goda shopping center. Perched on the second floor, the new pizzeria has a sweeping view across the road through it floor-to-ceiling windows. The interior is as slick as the first, featuring many of the same design features. The color scheme uses the currently fashionable chocolate browns and lighter tans. The ceiling is particularly impressive, with paisleylike pattern etched into wood.

Starters include parma ham with fig (500 rubles), tuna carpaccio (500 rubles) and lobster with ruccola (700 rubles). Salads include the popular caprese salad with tomato, mozzarella and basil (400 rubles) and a warm salad with langoustines and pesto (650 rubles). Soups start at 250 rubles for lentil soup.

Of course, the main act at Bocconcino is the pizzas, which have to be some of the best in Moscow, prepared in a wood-fired oven in an open kitchen. Prices start at 300 rubles for marinara with garlic and sweet basil (300 rubles) or al funghi with field mushrooms. Most of the pizza menu averages around 400 to 500 rubles, including proscutto e funghi with ham and mushrooms (400 rubles) and al Salamino with salami (450 rubles). The house pizza is the Bocconcino with stracchino cheese and Parma ham (550 rubles). The priciest listed is the Pizza al Frutti di Mare with squid, prawns and mussels (650 rubles).

Wines start at 1,600 rubles a bottle. Wine by the glass had yet to appear on the menu but was quoted by the waiter at 320 for a glass of white and a hefty 500 rubles for a glass of red. Draft Budweiser goes for 250 rubles for a half-liter.

48 Kutuzovsky Prospekt, inside the Vremena Goda shopping center, 662-1135, noon-midnight, M. Kuntsevskaya.