Pizzeria Mozza - San Diego
Pizzeria Mozza - San Diego

Pizzeria Mozza - San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://pizzeriamozza.com/
  • Phone: (619) 376-4353
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open daily from 11AM-10PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: John Stenbakken
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please email our Event Coordinator at eventssd@pizzeriamozza.com for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific Highway
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Pizzeria Mozza - San Diego
Pizzeria Mozza is a bustling, urban burst of flavor and color. It's the perfect setting for a business lunch or late night snack. The wine bar provides a vibrant venue for sampling from a selection of Italian wines, but don't forget about the ample offering of salumi and pizza.
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Pizzeria Mozza - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (81)great for outdoor dining (75)great for lunch (43)neighborhood gem (39)good for groups (38)kid-friendly (25)notable wine list (23)hot spot (19)special occasion (15)late-night find (9)great for brunch (6)scenic view (2)romantic (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • They should fix the menu and pricing...not close.
    MJF3VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Again, Mozza has one of the three great pizzas in town. They really should fix the menu pricing and salad/appetizer choices, rather than close down. If they actually fixed these things and advertised that they were doing so, they would succeed downtown. The pizza is great, and the staff is beyond excellent. If the Headquarters is just too pricy a venue, then they really ought to find another San Diego location in Hillcrest, North Park, or South Park. It would be a shame to lose Mozza pizza for good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There were six of us for dinner
    CailinRua
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Our sevice was attentive, enthusiastic and very friendly. The food was marvelous and there were unexpected combination on their pizzas. So glad we drove down from Encinitas for a meal at Mozza.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expensive
    KHFdez
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The food was good, but the prices were much higher than those at comparable restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A treasure soon to be lost!
    1happybellyVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    San Diegans have no idea what they are missing by not trying the incredible food at Pizzeria Mozza. So many notable menu items I can't mention them all. I am blown away by the dough used for the pizzas, it's crispy and delicious and a tribute to Nancy Silverton's expertise in the industry. The butterscotch budino dessert is a must. I was so excited to have the restaurant here after enjoying it in LA. It will be a true loss for me and my friends when you close the end of November.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sadly Closing: & How They Could Have Fixed Things
    MJF3VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Mozza serves one of the three best pizzas in San Diego, and their staff works together as a team. They give great service--so it's sad to see these folks becoming unemployed. Every one of them is top-notch. They remember their customers' names, their drink preferences, etc. Alas, Mozza is closing--and the reasons are obvious: they involve menu options, pricing, and lack of community outreach. First the menu: Mozza has excellent pizzas, and excellent LARGE salads. However, other comparable craft pizzas in San Diego are priced $4 lower--and the salads at the competitors are priced $11 lower! The antipasto-style salad and a pizza at Mozza will cost you $32. At a competitor like Pizzeria Bruno, it will cost you $21. Similarly, the appetizers are priced $5 above the competition. So--as a single guy who'd use Mozza as a go-to restaurant if I were dining alone, there are few combinations on the menu. A pizza plus the plain greens salad (the only salad at $8), plus a beer costs $32. With tip for the service, which is excellent, $38-40 for me alone. That's a lot for pizza. I love Mozza's more interesting salads, but at $17, you need a person to split them with. 40% of the downtown residents living in the very-nearby condos are single! It was an epic fail not to have an affordable appetizer and/or salad to combine with the meal. If you want neighborhood traffic, you need to look at the demographics. Even in the Headquarters mall, Mozza's entrée starts $5 above the competition. A taco plate at Puesto across the courtyard is $12. That effectively reduced the tourist traffic. The lack off free parking downtown and the fact that the city instituted metered parking until 8 PM instead of 6 PM also hurt, I'm sure. (Note that some of the other restaurants at Headquarters validate parking!). As for outreach--Eddie V's and Seasons 52 both sent $100 gift cards to all local condo residents to get them in the first time. That got them "remembered" as a great local dining option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the food!
    jmemma
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This is our 3rd Pizzeria Mozza restaurant we have tried and we were not disappointed. We used to drive all the way to Hollywood and are happy we now have one close by. The service at this restaurant, though, left something to be desired. First we got one server, who took forever to approach the table and take our order, then suddenly we got another server who was not very attentive. The support staff, however, was great and they really made our experience more pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the brussel sprouts!
    SAYWENNVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The menu, the food, the drinks, the pizza, the service were all awesome.The food was outstanding, the service was outstanding...but my husband and I couldn't even discuss the menu or the food we ordered because three tables of parents had kids that were out of control. Not the restaurants fault. I guess if I went back I would eat inside... Just make sure if you are there to enjoy the interesting menu, the good service you don't sit by parents that can't control their kids. I even saw one kid almost trip a waiter. Good, gawd (as my grandma use to say!) Anyway...definitely go...love the crusty bread, the meatballs, the pizza with goat cheese, also had a dessert with caramel and marshmallow cream that was sprinkled with peanuts...so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazingly Delicious Dinner
    Sierra
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We loved everything that we ordered including the Black Walnut burbon and the Bollini chardonay..The outside patio is delightful on a warm evevning and the service was flawless. Prosciutto di San Daniele with pear and black pepper mozza Caprese salad (burratta) Butternut squash roasted yam brochetta with greens and bacon Margherita pizza with bufala mozzarella
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ALH930VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Absolutely one of the best meals we had in California from the cocktails to dessert everything was just perfect. Our server was very attentive and provided great recommendations. The chopped salad and roasted carrots were a fantastic start. Our pizzas were out of this world and could rival any NYC pizza! The cappetta for dessert was a show stopper! This place lived up to the hype and then some! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More, please!
    satiny
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Great friendly and knowledgeable service. Food lives up to the hype! Definitely makes me wish Osteria Mozza was in San Diego. Would love to try the more expansive menu. Don't get me wrong, the appetizers (meatballs al forno & fried mozzarella) and the pizza's were great, and we will definitely be back but would love to see and try more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the Pizzeria Mozza I Know
    Henry
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I was staying at the Grand Hyatt and looked out my window and saw Pizzeria Mozza across the street. Having gone to the LA original many times before, I happily hopped over expecting a similar experience. It ended up being more like CPK than the gem that Nancy Silverton created. The menu had none of the creative, original dishes that I order at the LA location. What it did have that was the same were the prices...which are way more justified at the original than this watered down version. Seeing how the restaurant was so quiet on a beautiful Sunday afternoon I believe most of the locals are feeling the same way.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unremarkable and disappointing
    nikkib
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We are big fans of Mozza in LA and Pizza Mozza in Newport Beach. After waiting a sufficient time for the new restaurant to settle in we finally went to the SD location at the Headquarters. The setting is bland and lacks any sense of "place"; it could be anywhere. The restaurant itself was ho-hum, and failed to elicit any response. It could have been a Sammy's Pizza or any number of mid level chains. The service was outstanding, as was the wine selection. We ate rather lightly, appetizers and sides. Overall, the food itself was only "meh". The roasted carrots drenched in cumin were scrumptious but the roasted cauliflower was a bit tough and undercooked. The highlight was dessert; Apple Borsellino with caramel gelato and homemade puff paste.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I've been to the Mozza in Newport Beach several times and it's wonderful. I was excited to try the Mozza closer to home and was disappointed. It was nearly empty sans several tables with lots of kids at 8pm on a Friday. They were out of arugula, which how is that possible when you have several items with arugula on the menu, the pizza I usually get in Newport was absolutely awful. The appetizer was over powered with mustard and was cringe worthy. The waiter was overly attentive at first and then disappeared for close to 20 minutes before we even could order appetizers. I wouldn't return.
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  • Almost great
    SusieSD
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was superb. Hands down. We tried a variety of items and all were delicious, sorta farm-to-table. Good value too. I think the ambience could be better as it felt a bit "corporate" to me. Maybe that's to encourage families? We went w another couple and had a good time. Though would've liked to feel more of a buzz and dimmer lighting to enhance ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service and great food!
    SpurOfMoment
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    My family went to Pizzeria Mozza on our final night of vacation in San Diego after a tip from a cabbie. The food was outstanding and was great for our kids and us. Their craft beer selection on draft is excellent and can be ordered as a flight of 3 or 4 glasses as well as by the pint. I particularly enjoyed that the flight comes out on a piece of paper that has four circles printed across it with the names of the brews below; along the top of the paper is printed "FLIGHT RISK" and the bottom indicates that the restaurant is located at The Headquarters that was formerly the San Diego Police HQ---really nice touch! Try the pizza with speck, pineapple, and jalapenos---a different twist on the Hawaiian pizza!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Great service. Also has a happy hour. Knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as I expected
    debcVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Service was slow even though it was early evening and not very busy. The goat cheese pizza was good but the huge pieces of scallions and leeks make it difficult to ear. I did appreciate the 250ml wine serving.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd time around
    ETAFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This is my 2nd visit to Mozza. Pizza still amazing. One of the best in town! Pasta this time was disappointing. They change their pasta menu every week and this week the choices were lacking and the sauce a little on the sour side. Other than that, everything was delish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!
    OuchVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This is the best pizza any where. Doesn't come close to Mario's Otto restaurant/pizza in NYC. It is all about the dough/crust and Silverstein's dough makes all the difference. If you want to eat fantastic pizza, this is the place to be.....or at their other location in LA. Mario, can you please either ship the dough to Otto or make it there - your pizza needs help in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pizza place
    niceview
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Nice outdoor dining spot. Good food. We went before the Paul McCartney concert at Petco. Convenient to walk there. Wasn't too busy. Attentive wait staff. Very pleasant outdoor dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not bad
    poubahVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    a little pricey, pizza pretty good, corkage most expensive in city...not what one would expect for a pizza joint. Will go back however but not regularily.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    If you're looking for really excellent Italian food, this restaurant of Mario Batali won't disappoint. It's a little pricier than most Italian trattorie, but the quality of the food--and the flavors--make it all worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ChrisVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great pizza. Best crust. Love the cocktails. Get the chopped salad and cumin carrots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Pizza and Service
    Lardog
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Headquarters is a nice place to walk around and dine and Mozza is terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rushed
    Whytherush
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Very few people there, no AC so seated outside on very warm night, waitress spoke rapidly, pushed additional drinks and food, everything hurry-hurry, not enjoyable. Will not return. Food is good but not great.
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  • Good Not Great
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I had very high expectations for this place given its reputation. I was not totally disappointed. The fried cauliflower appetizer was excellent. Had the Napolitana pizza. It was good, not great but good. A little too much crust. Toppings were nice especially the fried capers. Shared a Mozza Caprese which was small but delicious.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Restaurant
    jlbaranda
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The restaurant is very nice, the food and drinks were very good. A little pricey though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Going Downhill Quick
    Brucito
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have eaten at the one in Newport Beach many times and it is always fantastic. This was the third time at the San Diego branch and it will probably be my last - it is not a good restaurant. Each time we have gone the quality has gotten worse. This time while the support service was extremely attentive our main waitress was nowhere to be found. The food which is the main reason to go here is not what I expect from a Batali restaurant. The appetizers we ordered that came with bread were overflowing with olive oil and inedible. The "star" of the menu, pizza was not a great or even good representation of what they are capable of, but a sad representation of mediocre crust with decent toppings. Overall not worth heading too.
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  • The Crust!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This celebrity chef pizzeria is well worth a visit. The crust is amazing. Going for the pizzas with the organic toppings is well worth it. Have dined here several times. Quality is consistently high. Service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Tried this restaurant for the first time for lunch during the week. The outdoor patio was lovely. Food was amazing - the bruschetta was not your typical chopped tomatoes & garlic. It had a white bean spread, superb prosciutto, creamy, fresh mozzarella - every bite was a sublime flavor explosion. Pizza with house-made Italian fennel sausage was outstanding. Definitely going back for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    Marink9
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Best pizza I have ever had, pasta was tasty not over sauces and the brociflower romanesco was incredibly delicious. Great meal, gelato without syrups. An excellent find, reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Big fan of B & B restaurants. This is my third time eating here and after three tries, I am officially abandoning any hopes of it getting better. I have nothing against the servers who were excellent. I ordered meatball appetizer; it did not arrive. Server said it would come out after my entree had already arrived. Isn't the point of an appetizer to come out before your entrees? When my entree of lasagna arrived, it was flat out cold. They did offer to cook me a fresh lasagna, which did arrive 10 minutes later and was delicious. Again, the servers and management were very gracious about these mistakes, but this is now the third time I have been disappointed in this place. Come on, Joe, fix this place.
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  • ABCDVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Our first visit to Mozza having relocated to SD from NYC. We are huge fans of the Batali/Bastianich restaurants in NYC and found Mozza to be consistent in service and food with Otto - very good. Having read the San Diego Magazine review some weeks ago, we were confident the serious service issues identified would be resolved - they were. The food continues to be excellent.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy
    Sammms
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had 9 people and we fit perfect. Great for a celebration and good food!!
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    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traveling Foodie
    MelsDiner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A unique gem. Very friendly staff, everyone teams up to ensure your table is clean and topped up with refreshments. My experience was observing a slight initial disorganization, but service picked up once we were initially served. Reviewing the menu prior to arriving may have contributed to my anxiousness to start trying the delicious selections. We tried about 40% of the menu in one sitting and the last to leave the establishment. All selections were fantastic, notables were flatbread pizzas and their version of Caprese.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not their best night
    JBGWVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Having dined at Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles many times, we were keen to try the San Diego restaurant. Menus were similar, although not identical (notably absent were hot olives and breadsticks). Service was very good, but food wasn't. Perhaps it was an off night? The two pizzas we ordered were a bit tough, and both were slightly oily. Two of the three appetizers we ordered (roasted cauliflower and lentils with goat cheese) were not hot, and the cauliflower was undercooked. On the other hand, the meatballs al forno were superb. Both salads (chopped and tricolor) were overdressed, otherwise tasty and substantial. Desserts (salted butterscotch budino and gelato pie) were good!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Celestialstar2004
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We have gone to this restaurant several times and each time it has been a positive experience. We will continue to go to Mozza.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing service, amazing food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Fantastic pizza. I wouldn't deem it for kids exactly, but we did bring our two kids with us, and they did great. They did have crayons and cute menus for them to draw on. Our little one ate all the calamari, which little bite I had was delicious. Amazing service. Beautiful setting. Perfect for late lunch, relaxing with an Aperol in the courtyard on a summer day. I'm looking forward to going back sans kiddos for a great date with my husband.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kudos Pizzeria Mozza
    1happybellyVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    You can't go wrong when your pizza's crust is the work of Nancy Silverton of La Brea Bakery fame. This is the only place I've eaten every bite of the pizza and the crust, ever. The combination of toppings are sensational as well. And don't dare leave without trying the butterscotch budino, no matter how full you think you are. It's velvety and luscious and the most butterscotchy thing ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Luv2eatout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had reservations and were seated right away. However in was too long before waiter came to greet us and take our order. The restaurant was not busy, so not sure why that was. We waited a long time for our food once we ordered, and when it came out, one order was wrong. No bread brought to table while waiting, but you can order bread off the menu. We were asked what kind of water we wanted, sparkling, bottled or regular. Was not told that there was a $15 cost for sparkling water, and it was not on the menu. The food was good, but way over-priced. We do not plan to go back and will not recommend to our friends and family.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic