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Pizza Motus

August 20, 2018

THE CONCEPT

A pizzeria serving pizza al taglio in West University Place. The Roman street-style pizza has a fluffy-but-sturdy crust and is baked in rectangular pans. In Rome, it is weighed and sold by the slice.

THE SPACE

Housed in the former Edloe Street Cafe, the modest operation has about 50 seats inside and additional dozen on the patio, which has a walk-up window for slices to go. Latin for “movement,” Motus is decorated with photos and maps that suggest locomotion, movement and pathways.

THE FOOD

Red pizzas are topped with tomato sauce — crushed canned tomatoes sourced from Naples — and mozzarella, burrata or Parmesan cheeses. Topping options include pepperoni, sausage, anchovy, eggplant Parmesan, prosciutto and vegetables. The porcini mushroom and truffle cream pizza is made without tomato sauce, and there’s a caprese with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Small plates (zucchini fries, artichoke dip, fried calamari), panini, salads and soups round out the menu.

THE DRINKS

BYOB with no corkage fee. A variety of nonalcoholic bottled beverages, including Italian sodas, is available.

THE WORD

“Pizza is sort a of a religious thing,” owner Will Gruy said. “At the same time, pizza is pizza. While there are differences in style, at the end of the day they’re all pretty good.”

ONE MORE THING

Gruy, who is originally from Dallas but has family in Houston, was a professional motorcycle racer in Rome before moving to Houston in 2015.

THE DETAILS

6119 Edloe, 832-767-3450; pizzamotus.com

greg.morago@chron.com

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