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Mozza: good, but not worth the effort

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Mozza: good, but not worth the effort

Nicole | May 27, 2007 10:35 AM

Haven't posted a review in a while, but I thought I would jump back in with the obligatory first Mozza excursion post. My husband and I arrived yesterday afternoon at 3:15, without reservations. The wait to get in was 30 minutes, which was reasonable given no reservation. We were seated at the regular bar (not the pizza bar). We weren't given menus for about 10 minutes. Then we waited what seemed like forever for our food. Food finally came out 45 minutes after we were seated. This was pretty much the norm, as we observed other diners around us waiting a long time for their food as well. We were still excited though, certain that the pizza would be worth the wait. But it just wasn't. Yes, it was good and we enjoyed it. As others have observed, pizza is more like really good bread with some high quality, but sparsely dispersed toppings. Yummy, but it just seemed like quite an ordeal for above-average, but not transcendent, bread. We enjoyed the pizza, as well as the butterscotch buddino. But at the end of our Mozza experience, we felt underwhelmed. Husband and I agreed that if we lived in the neighborhood and could walk in and procure food promptly, we would visit again. But in our view, the food is definitely not worthy of driving across the city, paying $7.50 for valet parking, waiting a half hour to get in, and sitting on uncomfortable bar stools for 45 minutes waiting for food. In sum, the food was good, but the effort to yumminess ratio wasn't sufficient for a second visit.

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