let me start off by saying mozza has the best pizza in l.a.
i've been a fan of nancy silverton's cooking dating back to campanile. i've eaten multiple times at campanile, la brea bakery at downtown disney, mozza, the osteria, and short order.
my 14 year old son wanted to celebrate his upcoming birthday with a cooking class with a few of his friends. i googled "best cooking class" + "los angeles" and a site popped up that gave a glowing review of mozza's pizza making class, with the following descriptions: "Students got a demonstration from one of Mozza’s chefs and a hands-on lesson in kneading dough and shaping crust" and "During this class, the wine flowed freely, and there was more pizza offered than I was capable of actually sampling."
sounded good to me. and to my son and his friends. it was pricey ($150.00 per person, not including taxes or tip or beverages) but i figured mozza has the best pizza, this will be an awesome unique hands on experience. YOLO!
so we arrive at mozza this past saturday with a reservation for six: my son, three of his teenage friends, myself and my gf. as soon as we sit down i see there is no counter space for us to prepare pizza, so i ask our waiter aaron where this will take place. aaron tells me this is not a hands on cooking class, only the chef prepares the pizza. YIKES! i explained to him the four kids were expecting to get their hands dirty and dusty with flour, kneading dough and shaping crust. i asked to speak to the manager. theresa came out and explained this was a demonstration cooking class only, not hands on. i told her i never would have booked a teenage birthday party, especially at $150/person, if i had known this. theresa assured me the class was interesting and the kids would be engaged.
the class was marginally interesting to me as an adult who dabbles in the kitchen. for the kids is was pure boredom. there were 14 of us attending the class (the other 8 were older couples) and we sat for 3 hours while the pizza chef droned on about the dough, the sauce, the toppings, etc etc.
eventually 10 pizzas were made with different toppings. each pizza was cut into 14 tiny slices so we could all have a taste. so we each ate 10/14 (or approximately 2/3) of a pizza. mozza pizzas are small. this was nowhere near enough food. especially for ravenous teenagers. we all agreed the pizzas were delicious. but then again, anything will taste delicious after you have waited 3 hours. and are served a tiny sliver of a portion.
with tax and tip, for our party of six, the bill came to over $1000.00. the six of us ate a total of 4 pizzas. so i paid $250.00 per pizza.
i was so disappointed with our experience. i sent three polite respectful emails of complaint, over the span of three days, to mozza, asking to speak to a manager. i received zero reply. i even sent an email to nancy silverton (through her assistant) with zero reply.
ultimately a shame because it has really soured my opinion of mozza and their admittedly tasty pizza.
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