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Pizzeria Mozza - Lasagne

OC Mutt Apr 14, 2010 07:58 PM

Anyone tried the Lasagne al Forno? It's served Sundays only. Just wondering if it's worth trying or should I stick with my beloved pizzas.

Pizzeria Mozza
641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

  1. OC Mutt Apr 19, 2010 02:12 PM

    OK hounds, here's the verdict. I ordered the Lasagne based upon the recommendations below, and I have to say...........................it was terrific! At first, I was a little taken aback, the portion seemed small, and maybe it's just the result of bad juxtaposition from a square alone on a very large plate. The temperature was piping hot (many lasagnes have cold spots) and the flavors were deep, rich, and succulent. Actually, it was more flavorful when it had cooled down just a touch. The top was crisp and browned to the point where I thought it might be burned but, oh, no way, it was not. It was perfection. The rich bechamele added a wonderful creamy note and the spinach pasta was cooked perfectly. The more I ate it, the more I liked it. The bolognese was extremely deep with multiple layers for flavor that can only come from long hours from caring cooks. Yes, my date ordered the funghi pizza so I did not have to feel deprived of my beloved Mozza pizza, but I believe I will order this again next time I come on a Sunday. It was that good, and this time, because we didn't order two pizzas, I didn't have to take anything home. Oh, and one more thing, one of the hounds below said it was "light." If that's light, the Titanic must be a feather. Doesn't matter of course, I really enjoyed this dish so thanks for the recommendations!

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    1. re: OC Mutt
      Phurstluv Apr 19, 2010 02:28 PM

      So glad you enjoyed it, friend. I had hoped that you would. I wouldn't consider it light, but I don't order it, since I will get in trouble if I eat too much dairy in one sitting, and I think it would qualify. I also don't remember it have spinach noodles, but that's how I make it when I make my own noodles with my pasta maker.

      I reminded my husband about it, since a_and_w wanted more lasagne recs, so I suspect we will be going back for some soon.

      1. re: OC Mutt
        maudies5 Apr 19, 2010 06:03 PM

        I am glad that you reported back and that you loved it. You described that lasagna beautifully. I am the one who described it as "light." I suspect I was thinking of all of those lasagnas I had in years past which was layer after layer of noodles and mozzarella and ricotta and meat sauce. That was very dense lasagna. When I bit into the Mozza lasagna I was struck by the lightness of the dish (as opposed to the density). "Light" doesn't mean it wasn't rich. It was rich but in a good way. :)

        1. re: maudies5
          Phurstluv Apr 20, 2010 09:55 AM

          I bet what you mean is that the noodle itself is light, probably rolled a bit thinner than what is the norm, where it really is toothsome, since it's a thicker noodle.

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        JamesF Apr 18, 2010 09:16 PM

        Anybody know if it's the same lasagne that seems to be served all of the time at the Mozza2Go?

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        1. re: JamesF
          Phurstluv Apr 19, 2010 08:08 AM

          I haven't gotten the to go there yet, but I would assume it is, seems unproductive to be making different pans of lasagne, one for the dining room, one for the to go. Call & ask them.

        2. Phurstluv Apr 14, 2010 08:08 PM

          Yes, it is awesome. My husband considers himself an aficionado, and orders it all over town. He was thoroughly impressed with this version. We plan to try to go on any given sunday, now & then, around 4 pm, but find it hard to make the time earlier enough (we're on the westside) to get there without a reservation. But we plan to return, specifically for that.

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          1. re: Phurstluv
            OC Mutt Apr 17, 2010 05:16 AM

            Thanks Phurst, I've got a Sunday res, and will try it on your rec. (I'll have my date order a pizza so I can get that too - it's just too good to miss even once)

            1. re: OC Mutt
              maudies5 Apr 17, 2010 06:29 AM

              Definitely get it. It's the best I have ever tasted and surprisingly light.

              1. re: maudies5
                OC Mutt Apr 17, 2010 12:43 PM

                Done. I'll report back on Monday.

            2. re: Phurstluv
              a_and_w Apr 18, 2010 10:58 AM

              Wow... I love lasagna, too! What are some of the hubby's favorites, phurstluv?

              1. re: a_and_w
                Phurstluv Apr 18, 2010 02:34 PM

                Well, he's trying to watch his weight now, and does not order it as often as he would like, but he eats out a lot for his profession, so his other faves were Buca di Beppo, if you can believe that, and I Cugini, both on Ocean or 2nd & Broad, which was near his firm's office until about 2.5 years ago.

                But he says the al forno at PM was, BY FAR, the best, and he quipped, "I usually don't remember food, but THAT dish I will always remember."

                I Cugini
                1501 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                1. re: Phurstluv
                  mollyomormon Apr 19, 2010 03:23 PM

                  Has he tried the Angeli Cafe lasagna? I'm not really an aficionado, but that stuff is amazing and almost impossibly light.

                  1. re: mollyomormon
                    Phurstluv Apr 20, 2010 09:54 AM

                    No, I doubt it. He was really just thinking of the places he used to go to for lunch when he worked in SaMo.

                2. re: a_and_w
                  New Trial Apr 19, 2010 03:17 PM

                  Vincenti also has a terrific lasagna made with spinach noodles.

                  Vincenti Restaurant
                  11930 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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