As an Italian... and even more specifically Neapolitan... I have been trying to reserve any criticism of Mozza until I could have the pleasure of dining their myself. As much as I wanted to dislike Mozza, there was also a part of me that wanted to like it. What better than a total outsider to the Italian culture and community (Nancy Silverton) opening up an "authentic" Pizzeria.
I really wanted it to be good... I wanted to be shocked... I wanted to tip my hat to the outsider, the American girl with curly hair that looks and acts so completely non Italian...
I knew I was in for a disappointment the minute I sat down to the bar and saw a pizza go by. It was not served on the traditional pizzeria style plate but what looked to be a salad plate. The pizza looked like a "Boboli" from the supermarket. Even so don't pass judgement until you have tried it.
We ordered the zucchini flowers, fried and stuffed with ricotta. They were not edible. So greasy they literally were a sponge of Olive oil. By the way, 4$ a flower...
Reading the menu for pizza, you see ingredients that were never meant on a pizza. That's fine but you saw combinations that just don't go. Sicilian ingredients mixed with Alpine with a touch of the Pianura. I love "Ortica" (stinging nettles). So I ordered the pizza with nettles and cacio.
Bad bad bad. It is hard to make a pizza almost inedible... but they did a really good job. It was an over leavened sponge dripping in olive oil. I could not believe it.
After eating very little pizza we ordered dessert. The highlight of the evening. Meno male, at least the ice cream removed the awful oily after taste that remained in my mouth.
What amazes me is that the restaurant is packed. Does Los Angeles really not understand Italian food to this level...?
All I can say is if you are looking for the Yuppy version of Chucky Cheese...don't let the novelty of interesting ingredients fool you... even Chucky Cheese has better pizza... and at least they are not pretending to be anything they're not... Nancy leave the Italian food to the Italians... Forza Italia, Forza Napoli
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