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Oct 10, 2013 07:16 AM

Pizzeria Mozza (Seaport Village)

Maybe I knew and had just forgotten, but I never realized Mozza was opening up in DTSD.

So apologies if this is old news to everyone here.

Anyway, it looks like it's almost ready to open.

Good news all around.

(Wonder who's going to have longer lines? Pizzeria Mozza or its next door neighbor, Cheesecake Factory.)

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  1. It's old news ipse but, thanks for the reminder. I hope it's as good as the LA store.

    1. I wonder if restaurants in the OPH - due to their proximity to one another - will resort to the barker-esque tactics employed by nearby Gaslamp restaurants (just kidding, folks).

      I did notice Venissimo is opening up shop there as well as a merchant marketplace called Simply Local which is going to feature only locally owned companies and/or locally produced goods. It's the guy who runs the Brian's brand of farmers markets here in SD - says they will be renting out 20-50 spots (1700 sq. ft space) for between $300 and $1000/mo. to local vendors.

      Anyone had a Bruxie before? Saw they are going to opening a shop there, as well.

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      1. re: Stiflers_Mom

        Happy that Mozza is going in and actually really happy places like Venissimo and Simply Local are going in. I'm sure for the developers, The Cheesecake Factory is a sure bet and a financial safety net. I'll keep my fingers cross in hoping Mozza sees longer lines.

        I've eaten at a Bruxie in Brea. It's biggest selling point is its novelty. I have no desire to go back.

      2. Have been looking forward to a Mozza outpost in SD since hearing about it in the spring. Can almost guarantee that Cheesecake Factory will be busier though. The masses love the Cheesecake Factory.

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        1. re: Ponder99

          CF is really great for kids and you get lots to eat, so it'll probably be mobbed most of the time.

          1. re: cstr

            Why is it good (or better) for kids than other restaurants. (And that you get lots to eat is not really a positive aspect of CF especially with the quality of the food)

            1. re: honkman

              It's a fun place that attracts kids. like a Chuck E Cheese for example. Lots to eat for a reasonable price is a huge factor for families on a budget.

              1. re: cstr

                This goes far beyond the topics of CH but I don't understand the notion that places like Chuck E Cheese, CF etc. are good for kids because they have many things to distract kids. Kids at any age should learn and understand the importance of a meal (at home or in any restaurant) together as a family (or friends) without any such distractions from it. Chuck E Cheese, CF are not the solution for good family dinners but the problem.

                1. re: honkman

                  Honkman - How the hell are parents supposed to text, tweet or facebook if their kids aren't distracted during a meal?

                  1. re: honkman

                    OK, let's go to Sea Port Village and have an etiquette lesson. Yippe ! These places are supposed to be family fun. Just say'n Grinch! How many push-ups do your kids have to do before they can sit, at attention, at the dinner table?

                    1. re: cstr

                      I am going to disagree with you on a different point, cstr. What is "fun" about the Cheesecake Factory? I see nothing that elevates it above any generic chain restaurant in that sense. My 7-year old daughter has a lot more fun at Islands, CPK, or BJ's Brewhouse and Pizza than she does waiting in line at the Cheesecake Factory.

                      It's popular because a lot of people like their cheesecakes.

                        1. re: cstr

                          Yes, sir (or m'am).

                          I'm just saying that Mozza would probably be a better sell to my 7-year old, especially if they had chocolate milk for the kids.

                      1. re: cstr

                        Why is Urban Solace, Cafe Chloe etc. without tons of distraction not (more) family fun ? It might be at the beginning more work for the parents but ultimately it will help everybody in the family to enjoy food and restaurants more.
                        (And yes, I think that on average American kids often behave horrible in restaurants because they have never learned to have a conversation etc without any major distraction. Interestingly there are some recent books like "Parenting without Borders" which address this (and a few other topics))

                        1. re: honkman

                          It's interesting you mention Cafe Chloe.

                          A few years ago, we went downtown to meet my wife's old graduate school advisor for dinner - he was in town for a conference. Being at an institution in NYC, he's naturally a foodie. I was tasked with finding a place, and through out Cafe Chloe as well as a few lesser places. Bang - he latched right onto that.

                          Slight problem - it was too late to secure a trusted sitter, so we brought our then 5-year old along. Cafe Chloe did some sort of special dish for her, maybe not too adventurous, but hardly dumbed down to chicken fingers level. They also heard her disappointment that they didn't have chocolate milk (yeah, that again), but then the waiter came out with what probably was the richest chocolate milk I'd ever tasted (it was a bit too much for our daughter, but she liked what she could consume).

                          This place went more of their way to entertain our daughter (the only customer in the joint under 30) than most of the "kid friendly" places.

                      2. re: honkman

                        “And yes, I think that on average American kids often behave horrible in restaurants because they have never learned to have a conversation etc without any major distraction.”

                        I’d call a 32 course tasting menu a pretty major distraction from my lamb chop. Actually, the worse behavior I ever saw in a restaurant was some dude complaining about the s’mores at Modus...said they were too sweet. I don’t think he was American either.


                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Or old people.

                          Anyone outside the standard deviation of adulthood. Keep them all out.

                          Let's say anyone younger than 21 and older than, say 39.

                          Yeah, that'll work. And nobody sits until all their party has arrived.

                          1. re: Fake Name

                            Lol yeah... And everyone receives all their courses, salad they dessert all at once.

                      3. re: honkman

                        Here's why:

                        The standard of behavior for children at places like CF is lower.
                        That makes it better for parents who'd prefer not to teach manners, conduct and comportment. Which of course forces the question: If they don't wish to teach manners, conduct and comportment, why did they have children?

                      4. re: cstr

                        Cheesecake Factory in Waikiki has a 2-3 hour wait, everyday..

                          1. re: Beach Chick

                            gawwwwd.....CF is so beyond hideous. 2-3 hour wait? ugh.

                              1. re: Josh


                                We've missed you, Josh.

                                  1. re: Fake Name

                                    I know a guy who thought Chuck E Cheese was just fine for kids. He bought Chuck E. in 1984 and merged it with the Showbiz Pizza Place chain he started in 1980. He was also my dad.

                                    1. re: SteveRB

                                      Is NB your Dad?
                                      If so, he is considered one of the best business men of his time!

                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                        No, he was a Holiday Inn franchisee and the CEO of Residence Inn at the time he (regrettably) got into the pizza business. (this wiki page should say founded in Topeka, KS not Kansas City, MO)