Mission Mozza

Posted by on Oct 27, 2012 in Pasta | 2 comments

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Lunch at Mozza--on a mission.

Sharing small plates is my favorite way to dine in a new restaurant.  Thankfully for me, my friends, Linda and Sharon agree!

THE RESTAURANT

Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali, and Joseph Bastianich meld their prodigious talents and bring PIZZERIA MOZZA to Newport Beach, California. With an unwavering commitment to product, environment and hospitality, this bustling outpost displays the group's unique and profound passions.

INSALATE

Nancy's Chopped Salad

I am a seasoned devotee of chopped salads.  When this plated and glistening high-rise was set before us we practically drew three towering triangles.

Iceberg lettuce and trimmed radicchio were combined with tiny orange sweet tomatoes, strips of Genoa salami, provolone, pepperoncini and scattered with garbanzo beans.  The vinaigrette was an uber tart rendition which carried the rich cheese and meat right to the edge. Did I mention the oregano?

ANTIPASTI

What to choose ?

Crispy Goat Cheese with Umbrian Lentils

For a legume queen, such as me, these babies drew a sigh.  The small sized slow-simmered brown Italian lentils were rich and exquisitely buttery.  Seriously, the pillow of warm goat cheese was a crown jewel in the center of an arugula wreath.

PIZZA

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Squash Blossoms, Tomato, and Burrata

We chose this pizza because the photo "is in the book".  The pizza arrived with a bubbly charred crust lovingly topped with a spicy tomato sauce.  Light and bright squash blossoms were delicately topped with creamy burrata which was sprinkled with sea salt and droplets of fruity olive oil.

Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese, made from mozzarella and cream.  The outer shell is solid mozzarella while the interior is a combination of both mozzarella and CREAM!  This gives it an unusual soft texture transporting it to dreamland.

My October surprise...

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. 10-27-2012

    Peggy….I have a quesion for you…What exactly is a raddichio’s? I’m guessing it’s radishes. . . am I correct???
    Thanks,
    SuzieQ

  2. 10-27-2012

    I’m ready to go there whenever you’re ready to go again!!

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