Mozza's Pizza is NOT Pizza!
I'm not a regular poster, but I lurk like crazy.... I've watched the flame wars over New York and Chicago style places, so I know how vested many chowhounds are in this debate. Which is why I feel like I've got to post...
Mozza doesn't serve pizza as I understand pizza.
I've had pizza all over the US. For reference my favorite pie is at the original Regina's in Boston (I know, it paints me in a odd light that I love that more than thin crust Chicago, New Haven, or New York, but I'm being honest here). I've also had pizza with the appropriate Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée all over Naples (Los Angeles already has a good rendering of Neopolitain pizza at Antica, named after the Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba in Naples).
Mozza is NOTHING like any of these.
Hence, in my book, Mozza doesn't serve pizza.
Mozza serves bread.
In fact, Mozza serves something that looks and tastes much more like the focaccia al formaggio that I had in Genoa... Nice, but not pizza.
I went expecting pizza and was MASSIVELY ANNOYED. Especially at their prices.
The "Why can't Californians have real pizza?" argument is going to have to continue, in spite of Mozza. Mozza is closer to Spago and CPK than it is to East Cost joints, or even to classic Neopolitain pizza.
Love it or loathe it, Mozza is yet another chimeric Californian pizzastein with a particularly bready focus due to the Silverton influence.
If the internet existed when Spagos came out with gourmet pizza you would have said the same thing.
Pizza can be anything people want to call it.
Pizza Bagel is a perfect example.
Of course I think Wilde is approaching this with a grain of salt, much appreciated. It is very much like bread with toppings rather than pizza. If you went to a pizzeria and were served a pizza bagel without being told about the bagel part you would be disappointed.
Where in all this is Batali, who does sometimes make wonders. I like his hand more than Silverton's, even though I live here. She knows what she's doing though; i just don't agree with it.
I'm one of those that debates the virtues of the various locale's pizzas. One of the few NY'ers that doesn't care for NY pizza (except for Otto and a few others), finds Chicago and Italy to be much better places. + LA. But not Mozza.
Maybe that's the point-- it isn't pizza. It is mozza.
But I want pizza.
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rescuing the Princess alongside Luigi? ;)
I think Mario only had a hand in planning the menu, but still works out of NYC. You'd have a higher chance of spotting Silverton.
And from pictures posted of the place, I'd agree with you in looking like Naan bread with toppings - but I still wanna try it.
This is a battle of semantics... whatever they served at Mozza, I liked it. It was good bread, good lardo, good everything. It worked for me.