Morelia, Palermo Hollywood
Pizza abounds in Buenos Aires
When reviewing the restaurant scene in Buenos Aires, you will certainly happen upon a number of pizza restaurants, and the reason is simple: People here LOVE pizza.
If you do too, then Buenos Aires is a great place to be. Pizzerias like Guerrin in the City Center , Banchero in La Boca and Piola in Recoleta, and each has all it’s different styles and attractions. However, Morelia Pizzeria of Palermo creates it’s own style and ambiance that adds even more flavor to the already long list of notable Buenos Aires pizzerias.
Morelia’s Pizza a la Parrilla
In short, pizza a la parrilla means pizza cooked on a grill. A parrilla is the traditional Argentine grill that is usually used for cooking basically an entire cow’s worth of meat, either outside at a gathering of family and/or friends, or in one of the many parrilla restaurants that are so common in Buenos Aires and the rest of Argentina. But in this case, at Morelia and other similar pizzerias, it is a wafer-thin pizza crust that is placed on the parrilla/grill, topped, and warmed through in a matter of moments. The technique is explained in this post by Saltshaker (which also happens to include a review of Morelia). Head to Palermo Hollywood to try it out for yourself…
Morelia Pizza Restaurant and Lounge
Morelia is apparently a lounge in addition to being a pizza restaurant. This is the kind of thing you come to expect in the ice cool area of Palermo Hollywood, and the lounge part is explained by the addition of a few sofas with coffee tables near the entrance and the slightly lounge bar vibe you get from an occasional in-house DJ. No actual lounge music played though, for the record. Ignore the music, ignore the lounge (whatever that is), most certainly ignore the Palermo Hollywood pretensions, and just head to the back, grab a comfy booth seat if you can, and eat some pizza. That’s why you’re here.
The pizza may seem overwhelming in the previous picture, and in diameter it certainly is, but the thinness of the crust means appearances are a little deceptive. This is actually a Pizza Chica, which is slightly confusing because it is their middle size on the menu (flanked by individual and grande) and meant for 2 people. The toppings? Pictured above is a Calabresa, which in addition to the usual suspects of mozzarella, tomato sauce and green olives, features slices of calabresa sausage (a bit like chorizo, only with a faint hint of spiciness) and some strips of red and green peppers. And it goes down like a charm. The pastas are also of top quality, and the melt-in-your-mouth gnocchis are pictured below.
Palermo Hollywood vs. Las Cañitas
Morelia has two locations in Buenos Aires, with both areas having pretensions of being extremely hip. The Las Cañitas restaurant is the original, and is also a fair amount larger than the Palermo Hollywood one, due to it’s two full floors. However, both the food and the service at the Palermo Hollywood location are generally better. Wherever you go, if you order pizza a la parrilla at least you know you will not have to wait long… it comes lightning fast because the thin crust takes no time at all to cook. And the surroundings in both restaurants have a pleasant, subtle design, providing for a very comfortable meal.
Location of Morelia, Buenos Aires
Humboldt 2005, corner of Nicaragua, Palermo Hollywood
[Other branches: Baez 260 (Las Cañitas)]