Pizzeria Mozza – Perhaps the Best Pizza in the U.S.

I’m a pizza aficionado.  I love all styles and all types, but rarely do I find perfection. 

I can happily say that I’ve found thin crust perfection at Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, CA

Super Chefs Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich have created an awesome pie with crisp, but not burnt crusts, a sauce that stands up and compliments any topping and homemade ingredients and options that taste unlike any that I’ve had before.  It’s a joy to get to the crust part as it’s simply the tastiest crust that I’ve ever had. 

I think the mark of a great pizza place is if they can execute the traditional margherita pizza.  They nail it with buffalo mozzarella with fresh tomatoes and basil.  Our second pie was a meat lover’s pizza – Tomato, mozzarella, sausage, salami, bacon & guanciale.  Wow.  That was a lot of meat, but I’ve never had housemade sausage and guanciale at the same time. 

It was so good that for dessert, we doubled down and had another meat lovers.  (In full disclosure, Ryan, whom I was dining with, was willing to get a different pizza for dessert, but I needed more meat).

Not to be left out was an incredible interpretation of the caprese salad that had roasted tomatoes that were still on the vine over a great burrata cheese and bread.  Yum.

So if you are a pizzaholic, you must try Mozza. You will not be disappointed. 

*****  If you want a few more recommendations *****

InHonorable mention goes to Zachary’s in Berkeley, CA and it’s offshoot Little Star Pizza in San Francisco if you are looking for traditional Chicago Deep Dish.  A16 and Pizzeria Delfina, both in San Francisco, also serve up great thin crust pizza

  • If you're in NYC, go to Otto at 8th/Fifth Ave. in Greenwich Village. It's also a Batali place and has incredible pizza.

  • Mozza sounds just great JayJay, but how could you write a post about pizza and not mention one New York establishment? I'm confident that the dumpy family owned pizzeria on my East Village block could stand up against any slice from outside the tri-state area.

  • You think Pizzeria Mozza is good, wait till you indulge in a pie from Two Amy's in Washington, DC….perhaps Pizzeria Mozza will rank a close second

  • Aurellios. I grew up on the original place. They have since branched out from one store to perhaps 50, including 2 in denver. One of them in Denver is needing to sell. The pizza is excellent!!!!!!!!!

  • David Rea

    Next time you're in New York try "Freddy & Pepper's" on Amsterdam between 74th and 7th, below-street level. In particular I recommend their Chicken Ranch. Tell them "El Ranchero" sent you, and that I miss them (and their pizza).

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