One of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles, Pizzeria Mozza never disappoints. Walk in, through the patrons waiting for the valet to fetch their cars, and welcome to the throbbing pulse of unique
food, hospitality, and concept. Do make a reservation (up to one month in advance) and it will be honored, always in a timely manner. Service is A+ and if it's your first time be sure to ask for recommendations for wine and food. Meanwhile, I'll give you some
of my favorites! We love this place and are constantly trying new dishes. If you can't get in for dinner (I mean it is nancy Silverton and Mario Batali!), Pizzeria Mozza is open from noon to midnight seven days a week. Come at around 3:30 or 4. You might
have a chance! If an Antipasti sounds good start with the Fried Squash Blossoms with Ricotta ($12) or the Meatballs al Forno ($12) served with crunchy, grilled garlic bread. Ask for more bread; you have to, to dip in the lovely, fragrant tomato sauce!
Salads are huge and splitable by at least two people. The Insalata Rosa ($14) with bacon, egg, and pecorino is one of my favorites. Nancy's Chopped Salad ($16) with everything one would expect in a chopped salad is enough for three. The Tricolore ($13) is
served with parmigiano reggiano and the most amazing anchovy dressing. Again, ask for more dressing to dip the grilled bread! Pizzas here are outrageous. We always order a few, just to try new ones. Who puts clams on a pizza? Mozza does, and they do it so well.
This little guy (a pizzette $17) is topped with Ipswich clams, garlic, oregano, pecorino, and parmigiano. It's smaller than the other pizzas (only 4 pieces) so harder to part with for me, but so creative and delicious! Margherita ($14) with mozzarella,
tomato, and basil is a traditional pizza that everyone will enjoy. The main event, and we always order two, is the Bacon, Salami, Fennel Sausage, Guanciale (cured Italian pork cheek), Tomato and Mozzarella ($18) pie. I have never, and I mean never had sausage
like this. If I could, I would order a pound of the sausage and eat it without anything else. It's that good. For dessert we love the Butterscotch Budino (pudding) ($10) with sea salt, Rosemary, and that perfect dallop of cream. The homemade gelato is
smooth and creamy too ($12). Our son-in-law to be loves the Butter Pecan. Italian wines start at about $36 a bottle with many in the $45-$50 range. This is definitely a fun-for-foodies hangout! Try it, you'll like it! Pizzeria Mozza 641 N. Highland
Avenue, Los Angeles (323) 297-0101 Hours: posted above.
Recommended Dishes: Fried Squash Blossoms with Ricotta, Meatballs Al Forno, Tri Colore Salad,
Nancy's Chopped Salad, Insalata Rosa, Pizette, Margherita, Bacon (Meat Pizza), Budino, Gelato.