Friday night, we took our friend Z, who was visiting from New York, to Pizzeria Mozza for dinner to check out Mario Batali's food on the west coast. Z and I have made many memorable trips to Lupa and Babbo in New York; visits which instilled in me a deep love and appreciation for Italian food. I've had some of the best meals in my life with Z and miss her dearly now that I'm on the west coast.
Moving past the nostalgia to more importantly, the food: we ordered Nancy's chopped salad, the meat lover's pizza, potato and egg pizza, and mushrooms, pancetta and peas pizzette. The chopped salad consisted of strips of lettuce and arugula, cheese, salame and cherry tomatoes:
Finally, the king trumpet mushrooms, spring onions, peas and pancetta pizza was delightful. It was quite tiny, half the size of a regular pizza, but very spring-ish. We had a bottle of 2008 Vernaccia di San Gimignano by Panizzi which was a lovely crisp white wine that was deliciously refreshing with the rich pizzas and perfect on a hot summer day. Z and I first discovered our love for Vernaccia's from San Gimignano (close to Tuscany; Z's actually visited San Gimignano) from one of our Babbo nights at the bar. All and all, Mozza was a great meal. A little rich and heavy, so not for everyday consumption, but a real treat every once in awhile. It's unique and different from any of Batali's New York restaurants, so I think Z really enjoyed it! We sat in the wine cellar room which is pretty mellow and quiet compared to the more raucous and crowded main dining room. We didn't mind the quiet as it allowed us to focus on what was really important, catching up and the food!
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