If you are in the Los Angeles area, and are craving a pizza like the appetizing thin crust you would find in Italy, head over to Pizzeria Mozza, the creation of Joseph Bastianich, Nancy Silverton of La Brea Bakery who co-founded Campanile, and superstar New York chef Mario Batali.
Mozza is a fabulous spot to have a family style dinner with friends, or even drop in solo and dine at the wine bar. On a recent visit, we started off with a selection of mouth watering antipasti including the oven roasted olives,the crispy goat cheese & Umbrian lentils, and the addictive fried squash blossoms with ricotta. We followed with the Tricolore with Parmigiano Reggiano & anchovy dressing salad which was absolutely delicious. Still the best was yet to come with the savory pizzas we shared including the bianca with fontina, mozzarella, sottocenere & sage pizza, and the classic Margherita with mozzarella, tomato & basil pizza.
Pizzeria Mozza has been a definite gift to the Los Angeles dining scene since it’s early 2007 debut. Nancy Silverton, along with Executive Chef Matt Molina have done wonders mastering the art of the wood burning oven in delivering their delectable pizzas. I am a huge Mozza fan, as are many of my friends including top chefs who don’t admit their love for other’s restaurants so easliy. Mozza’s well edited Italian focused wine list includes a fantastic selection of wines from Sangiovese grapes. And they are all under $50! How fabulous is that. Pizzeria Mozza is not a well kept secret, so either arrive early, or make sure you have reservations before hand. Once you enter Mozza, you will feel the mouth watering energy surrounding you and will know why it was nominated for two James Beard Awards in 2008, including one for Best New Restaurant and the other for Rising Star Chef for Matt Molina.
641 N. Highland Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036
1-323-297-0101 Reservations: Noon – Midnight Daily