Molto Italiano

I am in love with Mario Batali.  Need proof?  Ask my friends and they will tell you: his is almost the only Italian food I will eat out or actually recommend to anyone, New York or LA.  As a foodie, that's a bold statement.

Here's the thing: I grew up Italian, eating the best Italian food outside of Italy (my mom, a Norwegian-Italian bombshell, is an amazing cook).  So, to impress me within that cuisine, you really have to go above and beyond.  Batali always does.  

PIZZERIA MOZZA, 1st Course – Mozza Caprese.
PIZZERIA MOZZA, 2nd Course – Meatballs al Forno.
I haven't yet been to Babbo or Eataly in New York (those are on the list), but I have been to Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza here in LA more times than I can count (lucky girl that I am), and have been delighted every time.  Batali's crowning achievement with me?  The simplest, most delicious and easily the most perfect Italian meal I've ever had (beyond my own cooking).  Four courses, pictured here.

The lesson?  Despite years of complaining, I've discovered that there is consistently great Italian food in Los Angeles, thanks to Mario.  Did I mention I love him?

PIZZERIA MOZZA, 3rd course – Egg, Bacon, Yukon Gold Potato & Bermuda Onion Pizza.
PIZZERIA MOZZA, 4th course – Lemon Gelato Pie (Seasonal).


jessica v at: February 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM said...

i want to eat that lemon gelato pie right now!

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