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While I was contemplating a list for my life (see below post) I decided that I was hungry for something crazy indulgent.   AKA, the best F#$* pizza in the world:  Pizzeria Mozza

I didn’t have my camera with me, so I’m linking this picture from some stranger dude’s flickr account, but OH BOY, is this pizza the best stuff I’ve ever had!

We ordered two pizzas.  Neither was this pizza pictured above, but the crisp crust goodness you see displayed is exactly what we chomped on.  You can’t imagine biting into one of those air bubbles, surrounded by crisp, salty crust.  You crunch, and then reach the chewy soft innards.  Perfect combination of all taste sensations.  And that’s just the crust.

Tonight we got one meat lovers: pepperoni, house-made sausage and guancile (bacon from the jowel of the pig?  Gross sounding but it’s DElicious), and then I ordered the MOST FABULOUS one:  Squash Blossom with fresh burrata cheese scooped on right before serving.  You guys, this pizza was unspeakably good.  I ate until I almost vomited.  That good.   I usually get the one with hot red chilies, no cheese, and white anchovies (I hear the groans now but, whatever.  Fresh anchovies are amazing)  but I have no regrets about getting something different.  The experience was worth the risk.   Oh, boy was it ever.

They have this butterscotch pudding with SEA SALT on top that’s the best dessert I can imagine, but after I stuffed all 4 slices of squash blossom in my mouth I wasn’t feeling the room for more.  As I type…I’m regretting not getting one to-go.  If you’re in LA and have one place to go, make it Mozza.

So, in light of that lecture I watched earlier today, trying to think of life as a lesson, I think that, if the meal I just ate shortened my life by 1 hour….it was totally worth it. 😀

  • I think dying from a food coma is the one of the Top 5 ways to go!

  • Courtney

    Mmm… food pr0n…

  • Sandy

    Ohh that sounds wonderful. If you ever make it to Chicago, definitely go to Pizano’s. They have the most amazing pizza I’ve ever had.

    A short anecdote about how amazing the pizza is:

    My brother-in-law found the place while visiting Chicago’s museums. He’s into comic books and so hunted around downtown for a comic store. Next to it was Pizano’s. So he decided to stop in and have some pizza. He loved it, he raved, yadda yadda. So the next time he comes up, he demands we go downtown for the pizza. This time I go with, along with my husband, mother-in-law, and step-father-in-law (is that even a word?). Again, the pizza was amazing. So my other father-in-law and his wife drive up from Tennessee with the express purpose to try the pizza, and they loved it so much they made the drive again a week later! That’s 9 hours of driving one way for pizza!

    So anyway: http://www.pizanoschicago.com/loop.html
    I recommend the Rudy’s Special. *drools*

  • Dustin

    I’m going to steal you. And take you to Santa Cruz CA, where we can go to “Pizza My Heart”. Get it? Isn’t it delightful!?

    And we can get you a slice and a Pizza My Heart t-shirt for $5. So if you’re ever up that way, check it out.

  • Paxx

    Oh man, Pizano’s, best pizza in the US. Having toured through all major cities over the years, when in the windy city we ALWAYS hit Pizano’s. Now if only I could get them to deliver nationwide somehow.

  • In case you feel like trying it at home, the recipe for Mozza’s butterscotch dessert is available online:

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/239847

    I myself should be trying it tomorrow night, for the potluck my friends & I are holding for the Top Chef finale.

  • Omer

    I went to Mozza back in February. The appetizers were freaking incredible, you can totally see the Mario Batali influence there, and the dessert was amazing. I did like the pizza, but truth be told I still prefer Albano’s Brooklyn Pizzeria down the street. 🙂 What can I say, I’m a purist for thin crust NYC style pizza, and Albano’s is IMO as good as the stuff I had when I used to live there. I love Campanile and I love Babbo, but apply that aspect to a pizza crust and it was just too fussy for me. It was like the bread that should be in a really amazing breadbasket, not in a pizza (that’s what an amazing thin crust is for).

    Am I making any sense?

    Again, the appetizers were unbelievable. The cauliflower and lentil plates, holy crap. I can’t wait until they finally open up the Osteria Mozza restaurant next door (2008, 2009?).

  • Omer

    Hah, shows what I know, I guess Osteria Mozza recently opened (finally). Time to block out time for a trip (lord knows the wait will be forever).

  • Carl

    > “Pizza…..Unnnmmmmmm”>

    One of the few things I hate about my adopted country is that it’s very hard to find proper pizza over here. A meat lover’s “pizza” usually comes with BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce!

    Felicia: I’m with you on the anchovies! Besides going well on a classic pizza, they go really well with unconventional pizzas: artichoke hearts, feta cheese, spinach, greek olives and anchovies with ceasar salad dressing instead of red sauce.

  • Carl

    Almost forgot!

    Omer, I couldn’t agree more. Unconventional pizzas have their place, but there is no substitute for the New York thin crust style.

    You’ll never guess where I found some…..

    Back in 1991, I spent a hellish 8 hours crossing a heaving Red Sea from Sharm Al Sheikh to Hurghada, Egypt. Once I was on dry land and my seasickness had abated, I was starving and wondering where I was going to find something good (and safe) to eat.

    I found a place that used a wood fired oven to cook their pizzas, so I figured the food should be safe. I took a pizza back to my hotel room….bit into it and could not believe what I was tasted: New York thin crust pizza!!! (I wonder if the proprietor had spent time in the Big Apple). I devoured the rest of pie in record time and then went back to the pizzeria for another one.

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  • Ben

    I can’t believe I’ve lived in Chicago for 30+ years and have never had Pizano’s pizza. I will make sure I check it out and report back to the Flogging community. Personally, I’m a fan of Lou Malnati’s and Gino’s East but I’ll give Pizano’s a shot.

    Unrelated observation #256: Check out all the Chicago Felicia Day fans!

  • Sandy

    Ben: You must absolutely try it. I drool thinking about it. In fact, I long for it so much, that I’m contemplating driving downtown with my two kids this afternoon for it… hrm… *drums fingers*

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  • Sandy

    Carl: The answer to your question is to use the HTML escape sequence for the less than and greater than brackets. 🙂

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  • Carl

    Jeez Felicia, I’m sorry.

    I’ve just stomped all over your food thread.

  • AHHHH! THE RECIPE! Patrick, you’re a gem! I gotta try to make that!

    I’ve never been to Chicago, but with all this raving, it makes me want to take a trip JUST for the pizza!
    Omer, I’ve never tried Albano’s, although I’ve heard great things about it. I will definitely check it out next time I have a craving. You’re right about Mozza, that it’s almost bread with Pizza-ish qualities, but I like that even more because it isn’t so heavy. I want to go to the Osteria next door now, because their menu looks amazing and they have a MOZZERELLA BAR. Yes, that’s right 🙂
    And Carl, your posts made me laugh because they were so random, so don’t worry about it 🙂 What country are you writing from that has so bad pizza?

  • Carl

    Hi Felicia,

    Thank you for enjoying my random comments; you are a real sweetie. 🙂

    I’m here in New Zealand!

    It’s as beautiful as people say; the view from my house is spectacular. The people are really super nice (even nicer than the Ozzies = Aussies). Whenever I return here from one of my US trips, the fantastic customer service just blows me away.

    It’s a fairly progressive country with a national health care system, a parliamentary democracy and a more relaxed attitude towards sexuality.

    But, it’s not as good as a Scandinavian Social Democracy. To me, Denmark, Norway and Sweden are the Gold Standards of civilized societies. If language hadn’t been an issue, I would have probably emigrated to Denmark. The Danes are super nice, too.

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