Pizzeria Mozza – Newport Beach

PM charcuterie & brussel sprouts PM meatballs

One of my newest favorites!  This place makes absolutely delicious food, great cocktails, in an intimate, homey environment.  Pizzeria Mozza is the brainchild of Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich, all acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs.  We are lucky to have one in the OC.

My BOB work crew and I enjoyed:

Small plates:  Brussel Sprouts, charcuterie platter, burrata mozzarella, fried stuffed squash blossoms, and meatballs in a perfect marinara sauce.

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Main plates:  Bianca Pizza with fontina, mozzarella, sottocenere & sage.  We ordered a SECOND order of meatballs to top this off!  Mozza’s version of a meat-lover’s pizza: Bacon, salame, fennel sausage, guanciale, tomato & mozzarella.  An entree salad, and a hearty braised chicken.

Our cocktails included: The Maserati (my favorite) which has Vodka, Campari, Grapefruit, Moscato d’Asti; and the Red Hook, with Rye Whiskey, Punt e Mes, Maraschino (served in a martini glass).

We always leave here stuffed, and with our eyes rolling in delight.

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