Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, 7/18/16

building
exterior

Pizzeria Mozza is one of 3 restaurants run by the same group in the area. This one is medium sized, casual with a menu heavy on pizza. Service was friendly, efficient and willing to make suggestions on ordering. We were there during restaurant week and it made a reservation a must for lunch, but the waitress said they do a brisk business. They offer a number of antipasti and salad plates that are easily shared, which was our route.

sign
sign
entrance
entrance
interior
interior
wine display
wine display
Frankie found a nice plant
Frankie found a nice plant
table set up
table set up
menu cover
menu cover

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pizza menu
pizza menu
daily specials
daily specials
Restaurant week menu
Restaurant week menu
Frankie looked over the placemat
Frankie looked over the placemat
wine
wine

 

We started with the squash blossoms filled with ricotta. They were nicely fried but very greasy, in fact it spurted out the end when you bit them. The ricotta was mild but even with the grease they were tasty.

Fried squash blossoms with ricotta
Fried squash blossoms with ricotta
Frankie thought the salt bowl was just her size
Frankie thought the salt bowl was just her size

 

The bone marrow was some of the blandest I’ve ever had. It was cooked properly, it just didn’t have much beef taste. It was served with a lovely toasted bread but it really didn’t need to be bathed in butter as it was to be spread with the marrow.  It was plated with a nice cooked garlic served in oil.  Overall, a miss here.

Bone marrow al forno
Bone marrow al forno
another angle
another angle

 

Nancy’s chopped salad was huge. It had a bit of everything in it (yellow tomatoes, purple cabbage, red onion, garbanzo beans, cabbage, lettuce, peppers….)  and was liberally sprinkled with oregano. It was very tasty but way more than even 2 people needed.

Nancy's chopped salad
Nancy’s chopped salad
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We also tried the Margherita pizza with tomato, mozzarella and basil. It was delicious but not that hot when served. This is good for not burning your mouth with cheese but detracted from the overall effect. The crust is thin with a nice puffy edge that was surprisingly un-doughy. A very acceptable rendition of a classic.

Pizza Margherita with tomato, mozzarella and basil
Pizza Margherita with tomato, mozzarella and basil
pizza oven
pizza oven

 

dessert menu cover
dessert menu cover
Dessert menu
Dessert menu

 

For dessert we tried the 2 flavors of the gelato and both had great texture and nice flavor.

Gelato - Giandujia and pistachio
Gelato – Giandujia and pistachio
other side
other side

 

They are known for their butterscotch budino but I just had to try the peanut butter gelato pie and it was great. It did need more caramel sauce which the waitress brought me an extra cup of. She said there would be a charge for the extra sauce but it never showed up on the bill.  Otherwise the pie was a sweet winner!

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Andy’s #MakeaMozza: Peanut butter gelato pie with caramel, hot fudge and salted Spanish peanuts
another view
another view
Frankie helped finish the extra caramel sauce
Frankie helped finish the extra caramel sauce

 

extra room
extra room
extra room
extra room
Frankie found a spot on the wine shelves
Frankie found a spot on the wine shelves
Frankie wanted to see the cookbook
Frankie wanted to see the cookbook

 

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