Google the word Mozza and you could probably write a book about the posts on it. After months of reading and reading and then reading some more about this place i'll admit...i did feel left out. I was probably the only blogger in L.A that hadn't wrote an appraisal about it. If everyone else is doing it, it must be cool right?" Well i'll tell you this much, i went in as cynic as...well, as me and came out like one of those religious zealots that just found god or something.
Wasn't so thrilled about the 7 or so reservation attempts only to find out or the "30 minute wait" that turned out to be nearly an hour and i still don't know what came over my brother to actually drive to Melrose but given all that, it was still worth it. As hectic as it might seem it's actually runs pretty smooth. Complete strangers converse and even share food. Friendly waiters offer breadsticks to those anxiously waiting.
Can't decide between the appetizers? The Eggplant Caponata, studded with pine nuts and some sort of wine, is something that won't dissapoint, not to mention keep you from eating your hand. After your first bite of a pizza at Mozza, you will undoubtedly agree that Nancy Silverton is the "Bread Queen". Flaky, crisp, even in the middle. With charred edges that aren't bitter but smoky. A Wild Nettle Pizza with Sheeps Cheese and Fennel Salami if you're adventerous or a classic Margherita if your traditionalist.
But a meal at Mozza is not a meal without the Butterscotch Budino Pudding. Easily, my favorite dessert at the moment. Light, silky with a pleasant burnt taste. It may not taste sweet enough on your first half-spoonful, but dunk one of the buttery Rosemary, Pinenut Cookies and it goes through a miraculous transformation, thanks to the ingenious savory qualities of the Rosemary and Fleur de Sal.
This is just what L.A needed.
641 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036