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What are the best appetizers at Pizzeria Mozza?

omotosando Aug 28, 2008 04:58 PM

Wondering what appetizers people think are the best at Pizzeria Mozza? Also what are the best desserts other than the butterscotch budino?

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    debra RE: omotosando Aug 28, 2008 05:05 PM

    The squash blossoms with ricotta are my absolute favorite, they also do a great job with their bruscetta, I've had both the white bean and the chicken liver, but very flavorful. I'd say avoid the arrancini (the fried rice balls), we thought they were kinda boring compared to all of the other taste sensations.


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      lotta_cox RE: debra Aug 28, 2008 09:34 PM



      get em while they last.

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      sidwich RE: omotosando Aug 28, 2008 05:27 PM

      Concur on the squash blossoms. I also really love the meatballs.

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        Suebee RE: sidwich Aug 29, 2008 07:39 PM

        Yep, the squash blossoms and meatballs are amazing. Not in season, but the brussels sprouts are heavenly. We also love the tuna with baby peppers.


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        ExtraCheesePlease RE: omotosando Aug 28, 2008 06:29 PM

        Yum, I dream of the squash blossoms. Excellent!

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          carter RE: omotosando Aug 28, 2008 08:54 PM

          Both the Arancini and the squash blossom are kind of boring. The blossom itself has nearly no taste, and cheese is cheese, period!

          1. notmartha RE: omotosando Aug 28, 2008 08:59 PM

            Squash blossoms and the bone marrows (if you don't mind fat). The squash blossoms can be very delicately flavored though, and there's a hint of nutmeg in the ricotta/mozzarella mix that's inside. I can always taste the blossoms anywhere, whether in italian or mexican cuisines, but if you are into strong flavors, better stick to something more robust.

            Oh - most also opt for the salame/proscuitto, but I've never tried them.

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              AquaW RE: notmartha Aug 29, 2008 01:47 PM

              Second with the squash blossom and marrow as my favorites -- but I wouldn't order them in the same meal. Turned out to be way too rich and heavy.

              The burrata is also pretty good as well.


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                notmartha RE: AquaW Aug 29, 2008 08:39 PM

                True, but a lot of things there are rich too, like the burrata, the proscuitto, and the butterscotch budino.

                I couldn't eat more than 1 piece of the marrow. It was real good with the parsley and roasted garlic, but so rich it's like eating butter.

            2. George RE: omotosando Aug 28, 2008 09:05 PM

              chicken liver bruschetta
              bone marrow (homage to St. John, London...except adding garlic and oil)

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                Ernie RE: George Aug 29, 2008 02:08 PM

                I agree, Pizzeria Mozza's chicken liver bruschette are amazing, with a great lemony caper flavor that works great with the rich chicken liver

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                  ipsedixit RE: Ernie Aug 31, 2008 10:00 PM

                  Ditto the chicken liver burschetta, and I'll throw in another vote for the butternut squash. Never was a fan of the bone marrow, however.

              2. hrhboo RE: omotosando Aug 28, 2008 09:23 PM

                The mussels are fantastic and the bruschetta with butternut squash is very good. Also love the chicken liver bruschetta, bone marrow and the Mozza caprese.

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                  omakase RE: omotosando Aug 28, 2008 09:30 PM

                  Love the Baby Peppers stuffed with Tuna.

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                    andytseng RE: omotosando Aug 29, 2008 01:23 PM

                    Another vote for squash blossoms, and also, though not on the menu now, the butternut squash bruschetta.

                    for dessert, the panna cotta.

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                      kellydeez RE: andytseng Aug 29, 2008 01:48 PM

                      The white bean bruschetta is definitely not to be missed. The Caprese with the burrata and roasted tomatoes is out of this world, do not miss this. I have had better squash blossoms myself. Haven't had the bone marrow but yet to have one I do not like!

                      The special desserts are always good. I never stray from the budino myself.

                    2. PlatypusJ RE: omotosando Aug 29, 2008 01:58 PM

                      I'm surprised no one has mentioned the chopped salad. Am I the only one who thinks it's out of control?

                      I also loved the chicken liver bruschetta. I had to close my eyes when I bit into it.

                      Next time I'll try the bone marrow or the squash blossoms, but not both. Which one do you recommend? I've never had bone marrow before, but it's in my bucket list. Will Mozza give me a good first marrow experience?

                      1. Ginger Baker RE: omotosando Aug 29, 2008 07:05 PM

                        i have never visited mozza without ordering the white bean. also suprisingly good are the twice fried potatoes.

                        1. dotrat RE: omotosando Aug 31, 2008 09:45 AM

                          My favorites include the squash blossoms, chicken liver bruschetta, white bean bruschetta, baked cauliflower in cream and although i like nancy's chpped salad, i love the frisee w/ achovy dressing; YUM! I've had the aracini & meatballs & thought the were just OK. We often go mid-day sunday & order the il forno special which is lasagna & it rocks.Their gelato's are great too tho i usually can't resist the bodino.

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                            New Trial RE: omotosando Aug 31, 2008 11:12 AM

                            So many great choices, many of which have already been mentioned by others, so I will just add two that have yet to be mentioned: the wonderful salumi (much of it from Batali's father--if you can't decide which to get, order the affetati misti and you will get a hefty sampling) and the shrimp with melon and mint.

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                              whatsfordinner RE: omotosando Aug 31, 2008 11:41 AM

                              My favorites include the mussels, the shrimp with melon and mint, chicken liver crostini, and the caprese with burrata and roasted cherry tomatoes. I still need to try the marrow!

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                                ries27 RE: omotosando Aug 31, 2008 06:14 PM

                                Another vote for the baby peppers with tuna. Very tasty. I also enjoyed the arugula, mushroom, and piave salad with its wonderful lemon vinaigrette.

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                                  schrutefarms RE: omotosando Sep 1, 2008 11:55 AM

                                  Squash Blossoms rule, my favorite are the brussel sprouts, also the califlower is great. As for desserts, I've never gotten past the butterscotch budino.

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                                    schrutefarms RE: omotosando Sep 1, 2008 11:56 AM

                                    caUliflower. Whoops.

                                    1. omotosando RE: omotosando Sep 1, 2008 08:56 PM

                                      Thanks for all the replies. Went tonight. Ordered the chicken liver bruschetta, squash blossoms, shrimp and melon and meatballs. All very good, but if I had to pick just one, it would be the meatballs. Perfect meat, perfect sauce and the garlic bread side was to die for. And I'm not a huge meat person.

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                                        Suebee RE: omotosando Sep 2, 2008 08:07 PM

                                        So glad you enjoyed it, omotosando. Everything about the meatballs really is so delicious, especially paired with that crunchy garlic bread. Thanks for reporting back!


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                                          omotosando RE: Suebee Sep 2, 2008 10:54 PM

                                          We ordered so much food that with doggie bag, I managed to have breakfast, lunch and dinner today. Breakfast was leftover chicken liver bruschetta - a very fine and filling breakfast. Lunch was leftover pizza and leftover shrimp and melon (the shrimp dish lost nothing in the transition and was delicious the next day) and dinner was leftover meatballs (also fine cold the next day). I call it the Mozza eating strategy for busy working people.

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                                          Porthos RE: omotosando Dec 13, 2010 01:11 PM

                                          I agree, those meatballs are excellent. I also like the mozza caprese with a side order of the pane bianco. That pane bianco also works amazingly well wiping that meatball sauce clean.

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                                          sushigirlie RE: omotosando Dec 12, 2010 03:39 AM

                                          Personally, I think the batter-fried squash blossoms are gross. But I adore the white-bean bruschetta.

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                                            Dommy RE: sushigirlie Dec 12, 2010 07:54 PM

                                            Yeah, I find the squashblossoms pretty flavorless... I like versions elsewhere better...


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                                            JudiAU RE: omotosando Dec 13, 2010 02:49 PM

                                            The chicken liver bruschetta is wonderful. Not a great start to a heavy pizza but worth a meal of its own.

                                            1. aching RE: omotosando Dec 14, 2010 02:55 PM

                                              I don't know if it counts as an appetizer - more of a side - but I sure do love their brussels sprouts. I also love the tricolore salad.

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