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Dec 17, 2007 10:45 AM

Pizzeria Mozza-Reservations Required?

Do I have a good chance of just walking into this restaurant on a Tuesday night at 5pm and getting a table? Or is it just as packed as it was when they first opened?
I'm thinking of taking my brother there for his birthday dinner tomorrow night. Thanks!

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  1. It's still pretty packed, and the tables are generally for people with reservations. However, the seats at the bars have always been for walk-ins, which is good if your party is small. Just go in and see what the wait time is. At 5:00 P.M., it may not be too bad. You can also call the day before or the day of and see if there's a last-minute reservation opening.

    1. If you're going at 5pm, then you'll the be the 1st in line because the restaurant opens at 5:30pm. Just 2 people on a weeknight, you won't have to wait long for seats at the wine or mozza bar even during prime time. With a small party, I prefer dining at the mozza bar over the tables. There's a new pasta tasting menu with wine pairings as well.

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      1. re: zack

        You're thinking of OSTERIA Mozza, not Pizzeria Mozza. Pizzeria Mozza stays open all day.

        1. re: Woolsey

          oops! soon after the osteria opened and my 1st dinner there, the pizzeria has become an afterthought.

        2. re: zack

          Pizzeria Mozza is open from Noon-Midnight daily.

          My husband and I are heading there this week w/o reservation, but we want to eat at the bar. I did call and ask what the "best" time is, if there is one, and she said 5pm for dinner is usually o.k. Any later and you risk a long wait.

        3. Walked in to the Pizzeria for lunch around 2pm this past Sunday, surprised to see every seat at the bar open as well as three or more open tables...

          1. Thanks guys for the replies. We just need to be out by 6:30pm for a movie but it sounds promising! I'll give it a try w/out a reservation and see how it turns out.

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            1. re: Augusta

              Pizzeria Mozza is no place to eat on a tight schedule. Even with a reservation, I don't think I've ever been out of there in under ninety minutes. Don't valet - the last time we used the valet, it took nearly twenty minutes to get our car back. It may work if you're just getting a pizza each, but if you want antipasti and desserts, plan more time, especially as dinner crowds will be gathering just as you're planning on leaving.

            2. Well, got to Mozza at approximately 5pm, found parking on the street, and were happy to find only two people at the bar area so we got seated right away. Apparently all the tables were reserved so that wasn't an option. I was amazed though at how crowded the bar got even 5 minutes after we sat down! We ended up ordering two appetizers (brussels sprouts with prosciutto breadcrumbs, and the fried squash blossoms)--i highly recommend both; my boyfriend ordered a pizza with speck, pineapple, and jalapenos, i had the tuna panini, and my brother had the special of the night, crispy duck legs w/lentils. We all were happy with the food--everything tasted fresh, and even the fried appetizers didn't taste too heavy. My panini was enjoyable enough but I think next time I'll try one of their pizzas.
              Overall, we had a wonderful first time visit to Mozza. It's true though, this is not a restaurant where you can eat and run--i think our main courses got to us about 50 minutes after we placed the orders but we did get out on time to catch our 7pm movie at the Arclight.