Thursday, May 16, 2013

Where to eat in Hollywood

Hollywood is a great place to try restaurants by Celebrity Chefs and to experience the Los Angeles lifestyle. Here are my best recommendations:

1) Pizzeria Mozza by Mario Batalli --- What to order: This is my favorite pizzeria! We have been there on several occasions and every time is a great experience. We started with the Mozza Caprese Salad, which consists of burrata cheese, topped with roasted cherry tomatoes, basil pesto, and fresh basil leaves. It is pure heaven. The only thing missing was a piece of bread to soak off the wonderful pesto. I would strongly recommend you to order bread on the side (and I hope the chefs will soon start to offer us bread, instead of the dry breadsticks wrapped in paper).

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Mozza burrata Caprese salad with cherry tomatoes and basil pesto
We shared this delicious Prosciutto di Parma, rucola, tomato, and mozzarella pizza. The crust is thick only on the edges, but in the middle, it is pretty thin. The prosciutto was silky and tasty, but the most pronounced flavor was the tomato. Delish!!!

Prosciutto di Parma, rucola, tomato, mozzarella
The Bittersweet chocolate tartufo was out of this world good. It was served with olive oil gelato, sea salt, and shortbread cookies croutons. The texture was dense and the flavor very rich. We shared it and it was enough indulgence!

Bittersweet chocolate tartufo with olive oil gelato and sea salt
2) Osteria Mozza by Mario Batalli ---What to order: If you want to dine at Osteria Mozza, you will need to make your appointment in advance. The restaurant is always busy, but it is worthy. We were first served a small appetizer: crostini with ricotta cheese, kalamata olives, and fresh basil. Then, we ordered the Burrata with leeks vinaigrette. The burrata was creamy and delicious, but the leek and the dressing were extremely salty. If you order this plate, tell them to go easy on the salt.

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Ricotta cheese crostini with kalamata olives and basil chiffonade

Burrata with leeks vinaigrette and mustard breadcrumbs
My husband got the Maltagliati with wild boar ragu. The pasta was similar to lasagna sheets, the plate was rustic and hearty. He liked that the portion was apperizer-size, so he had more room for dessert.

Maltagliati with wild boar ragu
I got the Ricotta Gnudi with English Peas, green garlic, and funghi misti. The ricotta gnudi were soft and tender like a pillow. The creamy sauce under them was a perfect addition to the fresh flavors of the peas. Overall, a very light and tasty dish!

Ricotta gnudi with English peas, green garlic, and funghi misti
We almost always order the chocolate desserts and in Osteria Mozza, there was Cioccolato. So, without hesitation, we got a slice of heaven. It was bittersweet flourless chocolate cake, served with Perugian chocolates. Very delicate and elaborated chocolates!

Bittersweet chocolate cake with Perugian chocolates

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