Thursday, April 8, 2010

M-m-m-m-m-m toonight: Mozza2Go, Los Angeles

My totally awesome gal pals (Joan from the Hungry Hipppo and Kat) and I used the blackboard eats code for the 30% off Mozza2Go for an apartment feast we threw for ourselves at the Hungry Hippo's domain in K-Town. Joan was the saint by ordering and picking up the goodies from the death-by-parking-or-valeting Melrose hot spot. Luckily the valet guy was cool and let her park in the $10 valet spot while she grabbed the goods. I've been to the other spawns (Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza) of the Nancy Silverton-Mario Batali-Joseph Bastianich trio, so I was excited to see what their 2go flavor was all about. Besides that, the times I've visited O Mozza and P Mozza I've had serial killer smiles plastered on my face warranting extra security for future in-house visit, so it was time for me to lay low.
Hungry Hippo was being weird and drinking Coffee Bean that night.

We started off with Nancy's Chopped Salad ($15), an assembled salad of garbanzos, cherry tomatoes, red onions, pepperchinis, sliced salami and sliced mellow white cheese all sprinkled with oregano and accompanied by a soccer team pizza joint style Italian dressing. This salad was a little disappointing for being named after one of the owners. There was nothing spectacular about it and I could have easily assembled something similar in minutes for a lot less too.
Nancy's Chopped Salad. Next!

My neighbor used to work at a high-end restaurant off Pier 39 in San Francisco and taught me how to make the brussel sprouts they served at the place he worked. The sprouts are blanched then pan fried in butter and a little sugar until golden, then sprinkled with salt and pepper. After eating and making these (repeatable times) I am ruined and have yet to have brussel sprouts prepared any better way. The Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Prosicutto breadcrumbs ($8) were decent, but I prefer the ones I (or my ex-neighbor) makes. Especially since we got such a small container =(
Sprouts R Us

Joan had her oven revved up to keep our pizzas (the real reason to have the O experience) warm while we noshed on our appetizers, just in case you're wondering how these pizzas are glistening after all this time. The crust and dough were textbook for all the pies: slightly chewy and mildly sour dough with the right amount of golden crunchiness to the crust.

When we decided the arrange our Mozza2Go dinner the first words out of my mouth were: goat cheese, leeks, & bacon.


I had already been eying the Coach Farm goat cheese, leeks, scallions, garlic & bacon ($15) pie from previous visits so it was due time to dive right in. And it was delicious. I liked the leek and cool, creamy goat cheese combo, but the bacon could have been a little crispier.
Leeky, cheesy, porky pie

We all really loved the earthly Funghi misti, fontina, taleggio & thyme pizza ($15). Really, how can you go wrong with shrooms, cheese and dough?
Mozza Shroom Pie

The fennel sausage, panna & red onion ($15) was underwhelming. Although Mozza's homemade sausage is robust, it was not enough to carry the weight of the rest of the uninspiring pie toppings. Also, I was ruined from my last visit to Pizzeria Mozza where we ordered the Bianca with fontina, mozzarella, sottocenere and sage plus added sausage. Now that was superlative, and this was not.
Not quite the sausage fest it could be

For dessert we got the world famous Butterscotch Budino ($8). I had high hopes after hearing massive raves from across LA county about this amazing dessert. It was way too sweet and I could only manage one or two bites. Yeck!
The Budino bandit: killing taste buds with sweetness

The Perugian almond tart ($4) was more my style... for breakfast...with coffee. But at least it tempered the budino. The almond flavor was prolific, but the size was microscopic. We each took one bite and poof it was gone.
The AM almond tart

 All in all the pies are fantastic and I still want more!

6610 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 297-1130


The Hungry Hippo said...

G8t photos! I'm glad I'm not the only one who practices back logging.. Hope you're feeling better!

The Hungry Hippo said...

oh, i think i was drinking chai not coffee! i didn't drank any alcohol or coffee that month. :p

stuffycheaks said...

i agree! the chopped salad wasn't anything special. The sprouts and mushroom pizza look great though

sophia said...

Oh wow. Didn't know about this Mozza2go! The Funghi misti, fontina, taleggio & thyme pizza is to DIE FOR!!!
I never order salads when I'm out. What's the point? I think I make better salads at home. But pizza, now that I leave to the professionals!

Banana Wonder said...

Joan - Lol yeah, whoops! 3 months later, and of yeah, it was Chai but when you weren't looking Kat and I roofied you ;)

Stuffycheaks - Agreed!Shroom pizza all the way.

Sophia - Mozza2Go just started up a few months back. That's a good mantra to have about the salads.

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Diana said...

Hmm Nancy's Chopped Salad looks completely different than the one served in the restaurant where everything is tossed together! What a bummer that it and everything else didn't quite live up to expectations. Perhaps it needed D Takes a B's magic Mozza touch? ;)

Gastronomer said...

You forgot the chicken liver bruschette! Thank goodness you remembered Budino. What a feast!

Banana Wonder said...

Diana - Hmmm I know, nothing beats our white pie add sausage. We need to have the OC P O experience!

Gastronomer - I requested chicken livers but my dining compadres declined it =( Next time!!