Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pizzeria Mozza

We rolled up to Pizzeria Mozza without reservations the day after New Years. No problem, the host said, just have a seat at the bar.

Sat down at the pizza bar, since the wine bar looked boring. I mean, I like wine, but do I really want to stare at a wall full of wine bottles? Nah.

pepper, anyone?

I was quite entertained watching the pizza being made. It's assembly style, one person rolls out the dough, another one puts on the toppings, a third person bakes it, and finally, it is cut and prepared before being served.

Before I continue, I must say I am NOT a fan of pizza. I crave a lot of things, but pizza is never one of them. However, the thin crust pizza here has certainly changed my opinion of this pie.

I got the Coach farm goat cheese, with leeks, scallions, garlic & bacon. At $15 a pop, this isn't cheap, nor is it huge, but it was the perfect serving size. I gobbled it up, much to the amazement of myself and my dining companion. The goat cheese was delicate in flavor, but blended perfectly with the pungent leeks, scallions and garlic. Bacon, well, it's bacon. Everything is better with a lil bacon.

He had the Speck, with bufala mozzarella, olive tapenade & oregano. It was quite tasty as well, and the ham mixed with mozzarella was very good. However, I did enjoy my pizza better.

We both had a glass of Riesling and a glass of Moscato. I preferred the Moscato, but that's cuz I like sweeter wines.

Service was pretty good, waiter was attentive, but not overly so. It was a bit packed at the bar, which would have been better if they removed one stool. Good thing I didn't have to sit next to the guy who kept kneeing my BF. He has more patience than me.

I plan on coming back for sure. Maybe this time, with a reservation.

Pizzeria Mozza
641 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 297-0101


alec said...

been there twice... sat at bar both times... i actually prefer it over the tables.. more entertaining!

Buddha said...

I heard that it's good, but... that doesn't look like pizza to me. I'm a Chicago boy and ... I also grew up on Sally's in New Haven, so... I like old fashioned pizza with lots of sauce, sausage, green pepper, mushroom and onion. Yum.

I personally believe that Wolfgang Puck and CPK have ruined pizza. Too fancy.

Buddha said...

I'll still try Mozza, though :)

Pandalicious said...

Alec- this was my 2nd time there. we sat at a table the first time. i think the bar is more entertaining, but not very comfortable. =)

Buddha- Hahahaha.. you are probably right. I am, by no means, a pizza expert. But, I have heard that Chicago boasts some awesome deep dish pizzas.

And yes, I think Mozza is def worth trying once!

Daniel S. said...

There's no doubt the pizza here is good, but it is pricey :-O. Ingredients are first-rate, and I love the crust as its crispy on the outside, and wonderfully chewy inside. Good job on being able to waltz right in with no ressie.

The bar is definitely entertaining; Il Fornaio in Beverly Hills has a similar setup and their bar is quite the show with all the food prep on display.

Love the last pic of the wine glass =)

Pandalicious said...

Daniel- Thx, I rather like the iphone app that takes those kind of pix.

Funny, I just went to Il Fornaio last week and thought the exact same thing! However, the food there is sadly, very blase.

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