The normally-severe city of Moscow is starting to take on a cosmopolitan flavour, with ethnic restaurants appearing alongside traditional workers' canteens.
GV People in Moscow street
GV INTERIOR Pizza being cooked in kitchen as rock music plays (9 shots)
CU PULL BACK GV Bottle of Cinzano in wall rack
GV Waitress serving people inside restaurant (4 shots)
GV Restaurant workers at bar
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Background: The normally-severe city of Moscow is starting to take on a cosmopolitan flavour, with ethnic restaurants appearing alongside traditional workers' canteens. The latest addition is a pizzaria in Gorky Street in the city centre. In less than a month, this has become the talk of the town, with be-jeaned and tee-shirted Muscovites flocking in large numbers for a taste of capricciosa or neopolitana. Inside, socialist austerity is forgotten in a sparkle of wine glasses and the wafting scent of freshly-cooked cheese. The throb of rock music from a juke box in the corner adds to the atmosphere, while in darkened corners, young couples dine intimately. For Muscovites, la dolce vita has arrived; after years of socialist virtue, they are being allowed to become decadent. But it's not all good news. So popular is it that there's always a queue outside; and two hours seems like a long time to wait for what some westerners basically regard as just fast food. Traditional Soviet shortages don't help either. Inside, a wine rack looks sadly sparse, a bottle of Cinzano standing in solitude in its slot. But for all its problems, the pizzaria is popular, and apparently it's there to stay.