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Has anyone here ever ordered takeout from Mozza? (I know, I know, it's better to have the food there, but my book club is meeting at my house tonight and I thought I'd bring in Mozza for the girls.)

Of course, until this morning, I didn't think Mozza did takeout, but then I linked to a Forbes mention of Mozza from EaterLA and the article indicated that Spielberg gets takeout from Mozza. I just called over there to inquire further, and was told they don't do takeout. Or, more to the point, they won't do it for their non-celebrity clientele, no matter how often we go there.

Am I correct in feeling indignant about this? Has anyone here been able to swing takeout from Mozza? And if so, what's the secret?

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  1. Of course, I understand that doing takeout for everyone who wanted it might keep them from servicing their dine-in customers properly, but it's frustrating that they're abitrary about the whole takeout thing.... There must be a better way....

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    1. re: hungrygirl106

      Houston's in Manhattan Beach never used to do takeout, so lots of folks went in, sat down ordered a meal (or 6) then when the food arrived ask to take it home...it worked in that case because so many people were doing it, they had to set up to accomodate to go

      1. re: nyfoodjoe

        That's obnoxious. Why not just eat it at the restaurant at that point?

    2. Last time I was there, I asked about take out (since we live very close by) and was told they will consider it on a case-by-case basis, but only when they're not super busy (which, as far as I can tell, is never). If in fact this rule only applies to non-celebrity clients, that's just one more reason to dislike Mozza. Too bad their food is so damn good.

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      1. re: David Kahn

        A lot of restaurants do special things for their celebrity clients that they don't do for us ordinary folk - it's LA after all. If Mozza accommodated all the take-out requests they're likely to get (especially since it is so hard to get in at the dinner hour), I bet their kitchen would slow down considerably.

        How about getting pizza & salad at Vito's? It's not as chi-chi, but the pizza is very good (I'd skip the other food), & they are super nice there.

      2. i saw a man arrive to pick up his take-out order about 2 months ago. yes it was extremely crowded at the time, prime weekend dinner hours! i didn't recognize him as a celebrity but that doesn't mean he doesn't have special connections.

        1. They aren't set up for take-out yet but they will do a small scale catering order (ordered in advance, easier for the kitchen to handle) which is probably what Spielberg actually gets. On the other hand, if you are surprised or upset that Spielberg gets special treatment this is the wrong town to live in...

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          1. re: JudiAU

            Good to know about the small scale catering thing -- totally reasonable.

          2. So, what's the update?
            Does Mozza allow takeout orders from non-celebrity clients now?

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            1. re: racer x

              I've yet to try it myself, but Pizzeria Mozza is indeed now accepting takeout orders from the plebeian hordes. It's got at least one fan: Irene Virbila called it "the best takeout from a restaurant I've ever had." Get the goods at www.mozza2go.com.

              1. re: adk

                On CH when you paste in a web address you can't run the address up against any sort of punctuation mark such as a period or a comma or it gets corrupted.

                Here is a working link http://www.mozza2go.com/

                1. re: adk

                  I've driven by Mozza on may way to a show, found a fairly convenient parking spot, ordered a pie to go, waited 15-20 minutes, and then feasted on a delicious pizza which i set on the hood of my car....yum..

                2. re: racer x

                  yes, they have a take out nook/store on melrose. but as lapizzamaven wrote below it takes 15-20 min for your pizza order and sometimes even 30 when they're busy. what's nice is if you order the cobb they add the avocado and bacon right before they bag the salad so no cold old bacon or brown avocado on the salad.