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May 14, 2009 10:45 AM

Pizzeria Mozza: as good as they say?

We NY'ers will be visiting in June & have reservations at Pizzeria Mozza. Is it really as good as some of the posts I've read on CH? Keep in mind, as a NY'er, we have some pretty darn good pizza that we compare all others too...from NY style to some fantastic thin crusts. Tell me your thoughts. FYI, in the past we went to Pizza Bianco in Phoenix & while we loved the pizza, for us, it's not worth a 2 hr. wait.

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    1. re: Servorg

      It's very good. I like Pizzeria Bianco better, but not by much.

    2. No comparison to Pizzeria Blanco which is probably the best in the U.S. You will find very mixed opinions re Mozza. Admittedly many love it, however we went once and did not like it at all. With so many good places to eat in L.A., we would not waste a dinner at P. Mozza.

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      1. re: josephnl

        I like Mozza's fennel sausage pizza better than PB's "Wise Guy," Bianco's sausage pizza, even though PB's crust is superior. Other than that, I like all the PB pizzas better than Mozza.
        PB has a much more charming space as well.

        I'm going to PB in a week.

      2. Its good, but massively overhyped. If you are from NYC, it is still not as good as the pizzas you can get at places like Grimaldi's. Since I have discovered the excellent pizza at Pavich's Brick Oven Pizzeria in my neighborhood, I really don't see the point of going to Pizzeria Mozza anymore

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        1. re: Ernie

          Take it from a New Yorker who knows about pizza. Mozza is the real deal. I would go to Mozza in any town, including New York. I especially like the spinach pie, the burrata and squash blossoms pie and the pepperoni pie. Ernie, Grimaldi's is a overhyped joint which hasnt been good since the late nineties, when Patsy sold the place. Its a tourist trap.

          1. re: josh L

            Thanks, but having traveled to Italy and NYC many times, good friends from Milan, etc. I am quite comfortable with my opinion on pizza. I think Mozza is a tourist trap too, but I definitely enjoyed the pizza much more at Grimaldi's. Viva la differenza

            1. re: Ernie

              As usual, I agree with Ernie. I went a few months ago. We waited for two hours. My friends loved it. I thought it was overpriced, overhyped, and I won't be going back. The desserts were better than the food.

              Four of us went, and I was the only one in the group that didn't like it.

              Why didn't I like it?

              Pizza is a cheap food. It should be cheap. I don't want to be fed a cracker and charged twenty bucks for it. In NY, I could get a slice and a drink for 5 bucks. Now you can say that Pizzeria Mozza is more for the dining experience, but I'd rather have my cheap slice and a drink.

              I don't remember what I paid, but it was too much. We had wine, the mozzarella appetizer, pizzas, and a few people got dessert. I reiterate, I was more impressed with the dessert than the food.

              1. re: katkoupai

                "Pizza is a cheap food. It should be cheap." So well put. The same is true about tacos. I am never impressed with anything I eat when I paid too much for it. Why should I be? Anyone can produce something that taste good for a crazy price. Only talented cooks can do it at a reasonable price. My food money is only for food and not for status points.

                1. re: JeetJet

                  "Anyone can produce something that taste good for a crazy price."


                  Not true. Mr. Chow, Crustacean, and Koi would prove the counterpoint to that statement.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    LOL! Good point. be "can", not shall, is what I said...

                    1. re: JeetJet

                      Hi, Jeet. This is why I read your posts with true interest. I usually agree with you, especially re. price and quality of food. At Mozza, the price was too high for what I received, and I actually would prefer to go to Greco's in Sherman Oaks or Hollywood for a casual slice and a drink. The pizza tastes better, there is no two hour wait, the price is right, and you get to pass on the pretentious people and scenesters, too.

                      Greco's New York Pizzeria
                      4572 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

                2. re: katkoupai

                  what's the los angeles counterpart of arizmendi? they make the least expensive pizza i've found that was also really great.

              2. re: josh L

                The real deal?? What are you talking about??? Mozza wouldn't last a week on Arthur Avenue or in Little Italy!! It would be seen for exactly what it is...a trap for people willing to pay outrageously high prices for a tourist trap California style pseudo Italian pizza!

                1. re: josephnl

                  You're so right. Stay away, PLEASE!!!

                  1. re: josephnl

                    Batali has a place called Otto Enoteca Pizzeria in NY and Mozza is a carbon copy of that place except Mozza is far superior.

                    So I don't think it would be seen what a tourist trap as the place in NY is mostly locals and workers.

                    As far as Arthur Ave, how many places can last a week? I don't really see the point you are trying to make because not many places would last a week there.

              3. I don't know why all the hate for Pizzeria Mozza. I still go once a week for either lunch or dinner and it's the best in town hands down with Vito's second. I would highly recommend it if you're near the neighbourhood.

                1. Best place ever -- don't listen to others on board i think they just want to be difficult...i'm from ny and there is nothing like it. i would go.

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                  1. re: radman123

                    It's not as good as they say, IT'S BETTER.
                    If you haven't been there is worth going to.