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Going to Pizzeria Mozza for first time! Any recommendations and/or places for dessert?

jroxybabe19 Aug 17, 2007 01:53 PM

Hey Chowers! I have been reading all the reviews of Pizzeria Mozza and I am going to be in LA this weekend so I am going to check it out! I'm an east coaster that grew up on pizza so I will be a tough critic!
Does anyone have some favorites or must tries there?
Also, I'm looking for a good ice cream place for after in the area. Any ideas? Scoops? Pinkberry? Orange County lacks in the ice cream department so i'm looking for something delish! Thanks!

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    asnyder RE: jroxybabe19 Aug 17, 2007 01:57 PM

    It's nothing like NY pizza, it's gourmet italian pizza. So if you're not expecting NY style then you will have a good experience. If you like truffle oil, the bianco is great. The sausage and mushroom ones are tasty as well. I'm a big white pizza pan, so I can't give any recommendations for the tomato-based ones. The wine is reasonably priced as well. ENJOY!

    1. David Kahn RE: jroxybabe19 Aug 17, 2007 02:05 PM

      My favorites at Mozza are the sausage, egg, and the mushroom pizzas. Also, if you're eating at Mozza, you should take advantage of their great desserts. The butterscotch pudding and most of their other dessert items are excellent. Also, on the appetizer side, the grilled bread and the eggplant caponata are great.

      For ice cream in the area, you're pretty close to Milk and Masti Malone's, both of which are very good, though in different ways.

      7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      Mashti Malone's Ice Cream
      1525 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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        baloney RE: David Kahn Aug 17, 2007 02:08 PM

        LOVE the butterscotch budino! It was the best thing I had when I went there. Not lovin' the pizza so much though.

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          silence9 RE: David Kahn Aug 17, 2007 02:09 PM

          David Kahn: Concur on all counts...

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            epop RE: silence9 Aug 19, 2007 10:44 AM

            yes, concur. eat elsewhere and go to mozza for dessert, or for appetizers and dessert, skipping the pizza.

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            woofer RE: David Kahn Aug 17, 2007 03:04 PM

            milk is a great choice!

          3. bodie RE: jroxybabe19 Aug 17, 2007 02:08 PM

            Pizza is great, as are the apps and bruschetta. My favorite apps are the beets, the risotto balls, and of course the squash blossoms - also be forewarned that the chopped salad is HUGE.

            The pizza bianco is quite good, so is the one with gorgonzola dolce & potato, the goat cheese and leek is very good, the white anchovy is great, as is the salumi pizza.

            The fava bean and mint bruschetta is excellent as is one with the chicken liver with guanicale.

            Their desserts are pretty good - I tend towards the gelati/sorbetti trio but many, many others love the budino. My fave flavors of the frozen treats are the greek yogurt gelato, melon sorbet, passionfruit and yes, the olive oil gelato.

            Buon Appetito.

            1. 5 and Dime Eater RE: jroxybabe19 Aug 17, 2007 02:16 PM

              I found the squash blossom pizza very interesting but my dining companions did not. If they have seats at the bar that's a great way to go for a quick seat.

              Pizzeria Mozza
              6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

              1. jroxybabe19 RE: jroxybabe19 Aug 17, 2007 02:48 PM

                I'm not a big butterscotch fan but I think I still might give it a try! Theres so much that sounds good how will I pick just a few!! I love how different the toppings are. I'm not expecting NY but I have not had good pizza experiences here at all, so i'm up for something cooked in a real oven. Those soggy icky crusts are so uninteresting.

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                  FED RE: jroxybabe19 Aug 17, 2007 03:14 PM

                  do you know that they make about 8-10 different gelatos at the restaurant? everyone has focused on teh budino--and it's great--but so are the gelati.

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                    jroxybabe19 RE: FED Aug 17, 2007 03:27 PM

                    No I didnt know that! Guess I will be staying there for dessert then! YUMM!

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                      Woolsey RE: jroxybabe19 Aug 17, 2007 04:39 PM

                      Yes, do. The butterscotch budino does rock. Don't think stereotypical butterscotch pudding but rather a fleur du sel caramel - deeper, more intense caramel flavor hit with sea salt. And the olive oil gelato that was missing for a long time has come back!

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                    whycook RE: jroxybabe19 Aug 17, 2007 05:45 PM

                    by the time you have finished your pizza (the mushroom pizza is rich and amazingly delicious) an appetizer of aranacini (rice balls) a salad for the table (make sure someone orders the fennel sausage pizza you may want a change of scenery - but you'd be missing out on the fragrant olive oil gelato - it is unusually delicious - best to get one scoop of it with a couple other flavors (the caramel is smoky and not too sweet) everyone around the table dug into those 2 flavors and left the chocolate behind.
                    scoops gets my vote for ice cream...beware ...it is closed on sunday except for special occasions.
                    what ever you eat. ENJOY.
                    by the time you have finsihed

                    1. jroxybabe19 RE: jroxybabe19 Aug 18, 2007 06:44 PM

                      Well, I have to say i had a wonderful experience at Mozza. We had 145 lunch reservations (i know the thought of reservations at a pizza a place is silly but in this case necessary) and were seated right away. The server was wonderful. We had arancine, which reminded me of a cross between a mozzarella stick and a rice ball. The marinara sauce was just perfect.
                      We had the sausage and the egg pizza. And, I do have to say, did remind me a lot of NY style pizza that I'm use to in New Jersey, just with more unique toppings. The crust in the center was thin and crisp with crisp crust that had a chewy center. It was perfect!
                      We saved some room for the gelati. The olive oil was interesting. At first tasted like vanilla but then hit with a oil after taste. We even had some oil oozing out of one spoonful. Interesting, but the hazelnut and pistachio were my favorite.
                      The only complaint I had was that it as too hot and I was sweating eating my food (I was wearing a skirt and tank top!)
                      Looking forward to going back... thanks all!

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                        kathryn RE: jroxybabe19 Aug 19, 2007 10:55 AM

                        I'm a NYer and I live a few minutes' walk from Mario Batali's Otto, which is rightfully known for its amazing olive oil gelato.

                        I assume the Mozza is using the same recipe?

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