Wood Oven Burning Pizza at Pizzeria Mozza LA
A few months ago I was home and decided to watch tv. I typically watch a handful of shows that include basketball, Sportscenter or some sort of show that interest me. I decided on Chef’s Table, a Netflix original. Chef’s Table is a documentary web series that profiles world-renowned chefs. Already familiar with the show, I started on season 3. Chefs on season 3 featured Jeong Kwan from South Korea, Vladimir Mukhin from Russia, Ivan Orkin from New York and Nancy Silverton from Los Angeles. Before my path to fashion; being a chef was my biggest dream before I went to culinary school. The culinary school didn’t work out so well, but I still enjoy cooking when I can.
One of my favorite episodes was episode 3, which was of Nancy Silverton, co founder of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza LA. To me, Nancy seemed unique and special in her own right. I didn’t understand why but I just liked what she stood for. Whenever something negative happened in her life, she got to work and became more successful after it. I guess her hard work, and confidence in herself spoke to me. Coming from a house hold of strong women, I could relate to why Nancy Silverton succeeded. Watching her episode on Netflix, I made it a point to visit Pizzeria Mozza on my LAX trip. My next mission was to set up a reservation, which was on Thursday at 1:30 pm.
The ride to my reservation was a little different. I requested a group Uber, and the driver picked up a few guest along the way. The driver picked up a guy from Italy and a young lady from Russia. Everyone spoke on topics from where they are from, the Opera, and the best restaurants to try in Los Angeles. The gentlemen from Italy seemed to know all the cool spots and restaurants to check out. I got dropped off first and the Italian gentleman was shocked that I was going to Pizzeria Mozza and reference on how great the restaurant is.
Ordering to me wasn’t easy, with so many great choices to choose from, I had to pick something. I basically ordered a 4-course meal, starting with two sides, entree, and dessert. The two sides included Cauliflower fitti with spicy mint aioli (fried cauliflower), and Meatballs al Forno (meatball in a red sauce). My entree was a Margherita pizza with fresh tomato, mozzarella, basil, and a side of Lambrusco. I wasn’t thinking of trying dessert but the waiter insisted and I had a vanilla and pistachio gelato. I couldn’t believe how amazing everything tasted, I was really lost for words. The batter for the fried cauliflower and aioli was incredible. Once I got home, I tried to make my own version of fried cauliflower and aioli sauce. The meatballs were baked perfectly and had no words for the Margherita pizza, it was that good. My only regret was not trying the award-winning Caramel Coppetta by Pastry Chef Dahlia Narvaez. Visiting Pizzeria Mozza was incredible and an honor. The host and wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable and I couldn’t have asked for a great dining experience.