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Pizzeria Mozza

August 29, 2009

A couple months ago as I was watching Food Network’s ‘Chefography’ for Mario Batali, I found out he owned a couple restaurants here in L.A. I was so thrilled because I love his show and if you couldn’t already tell, I am obsessed with dining at famous Food Network chef’s restaurants. Remember Mesa Grill? Anyways, he has two restaurants in L.A-Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza, both right next door to each other. I have heard great things about both of them and decided to try the Pizzeria Mozza. However, reservations weren’t so easy. I booked last night’s reservation over 2 weeks ago, and the only time they had was at 5:30pm. If you know me, I usually eat my afternoon snack at 5pm; it was definitely an early bird dinner, and made us feel like we were 80 years old. Well, we never made it to our early reservation due to L.A traffic (what’s new) and lost our reservation, so we didn’t end up eating until 7 and eating at the bar which wasn’t so bad. The interior of the restaurant was actually really small and it connected with their other restaurant, Osteria Mozza. I peered inside Osteria and it looked like a huge wine cellar transformed into a restaurant. It is on my list of restaurant to try in the future. In Pizzeria Mozza, they had an open “pizza bar” which was like a sushi bar where people can watch the chefs prepare their food, but instead you could watch the chefs prepare pizzas!

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We were starving by the time we got seated and promptly ordered our pizzas. To start, we order a chopped salad which has slices of salami and shaved Asaigo cheese with an herb vinaigrette. No picture, we pretty much devoured this when it got to the table. Brennan ordered the Fennel sausage, panna, red onion & scallions. I really like the flavors in this dish, especially from the fennel sausage. I read somewhere they dusted the pizza with fennel powder?! I’m not sure what that is, but sounds interesting! It was a little messy to eat because the bottom of the pizza is actually really thin and since there is no cheese on this pizza, a lot of the toppings kept falling off. It is definitely a fork and knife kind of pizza, nevertheless, it was delicious.

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Jess ordered Salumi, mozzarella, tomato & fresno chiles. Wow, this pizza was spicy! It looked like an average pepperoni pizza, but the salami was a lot crispier and added a nice contrast to the rest of the dish. I have to admit it was a tad greasy for my taste, but the flavors were spot on. You can’t go wrong with a tomato based pizza.

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I ordered a pizzette with chanterelles, pancetta and some type of cheese. I wish I could find the description online, but it seems like a seasonal item. Oh, and I was surprised this pizza was so small compared to the rest of the pizzas! I guess thats what a “pizzette” means. It was delicious and my favorite of the three we ordered. I loved the small personal size and the chanterelles had so much flavor, paired with the saltiness of the pancetta.

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Fun night and great food. I will be back, but probably for their to-go order next time!

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