For simple and delicious Italian food, you must visit Nancy Silverton’s Italian empire (which Jonathan Gold dubbed the “Mozzaplex”), her trio of restaurants: Pizzeria Mozza, Osteria Mozza, and Chi Spacca, all located on the same corner in Hollywood. Osteria is pasta-focused while Chi Spacca is meat-centric, but our favorite of the three venues is Pizzeria Mozza, an all-day, walk-in pizza counter with a wood-fired oven at the centerpiece. Our favorite menu items are the caprese salad with buttery, grilled sourdough bread and the squash blossom pizza with burrata and tomato. Nancy’s pizza dough is more reminiscent of bread than your traditional Neapolitan style, showing off her La Brea Bakery background. It would be a crime to leave Pizzeria Mozza without eating a butterscotch budino, one of the best desserts in L.A.
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Anders Husa & Kaitlin Orr