Nancy Silverton is like the fairy godmother of LA’s food lovers. Right up there with Jonathan Gold (our patron saint). By now, most foodies are familiar with her personal story. Basically, she’s the reason you’re making sourdough during quarantine. She’s a perfectionist. And thanks to her, we get to literally eat the fruits of her labor in the form of bread. Before this slips into a Nancy Silverton love letter, let’s steer it back to the focus of this post, just one perfect chapter in her never-ending gift to the world: Pizzeria Mozza.
Pizzeria Mozza is just one of several related establishments in a corner of the otherwise nondescript intersection of Highland and Melrose. If Osteria Mozza is the main show, well, let’s just say the side show is more than worth a trip in its own right.
Saying Mozza makes good pizza is like saying Russ & Daughters makes good bagels. It’s more than good. It’s the kind of good that makes you consciously think about how good it is as you eat it. It’s the kind of good that makes you wonder what life would be like if ALL pizza tasted like this. The kind that makes you wonder why not all pizza can taste like this. Oh right, because Nancy Silverton is a fairy godmother who has perfected that crust and that mozz.
Even on a weekday, you’ll see a small line form as people strategically pull up right when they open for lunch. Come dinner time, let’s just say I’ve witnessed many near-accidents by the valet while driving home on that block. Not that Angelenos are particularly averse to traveling for food, but seriously, it’s worth dealing with that messy drive.
|Address||641 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles|
|Hours||12pm to 11pm Sunday through Thursday, 12pm to 12am Friday and Saturday|
|Price||$$ – $$$ – pricey enough to make it feel special, but not so much to need a special occasion to go|
|Aesthetic||rustic, italian, but you’ll be too busy looking at the menu to notice|
Go here for: pizza, obviously. And also maybe a side of celebrity sightings.
Order this: literally any of the pizzas. Oh and get a salad too (tricolore is a fan fave), and fried squash blossoms if they’re in season.
Amount of time to spend: an hour or two for a nice leisurely meal
When to come: about 5 minutes before they open so you can be seated immediately, or in the weird in-between lunch and dinner hours unless you have a reservation
Parking: is valet, or you can try the side streets for free residential parking, but you’d probably need to go a couple blocks.
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Last visited: February 2019
Last updated: May 2020