Mozza -- Batali in DA HOUSE!
Was just at Mozza today for a late lunch -- report to follow.
The big guy himself, Mario Batali, was there, checking all the dishes as they came out. Of course I went up to say 'hi' and tell him how much I'd enjoyed the meal.
I really did.
There's been so much hype on this board about this place (whether or not it's really pizza etc etc)
All I can say is -- our lunch was fantastic and it absolutely lived up to my high expectations. More later...
Mario says he'll be there 'till Thursday, so if you wanna meet the man, here's a chance to do so, and dine well while you're at it.
Just called Mozza, but they weren't too sure how long Mario would be in town. "I don't know -- a couple of days, I believe," was the reply, which makes me think through Thurs could be right.
Hope that helps.
Was just there, and yes, Mr. Batali is there standing conspicuously. Cool and all, but I lived in New York for years, and he was often around Otto and such.
More importantly, I ignored the board consensus and quite enjoyed the Margarita. The arugula salad was fantastic. I highly recommend it. I hate to dissent, but I have to admit that previously I tried the burrata pizza -- people on the board seemed to like it -- and, really, I thought it was disgusting. I just don't find that cold slimy cheese and hot crisp bread mix. That said, they were bringing burrata pizzas by for the staff (who obviously know what's good), so I guess it is personal preference. The wine is great. The energy is even better. Mozza is a wonderful, and desperately needed, addition to LA.