Mozza Group | 99 Essential Restaurants 2015

Mozza Group

photo by Anne Fishbein

It’s hard to overstate the import and influence of Nancy Silverton in the grand story of L.A. dining, and you needn’t look farther than her three restaurants on the corner of Highland and Melrose to understand why her cooking is so admired and imitated. Co-owned by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, Silverton’s Mozza Group includes Pizzeria Mozza, Osteria Mozza and now Chi Spacca, and there’s so much to love between the three of these spots that it’s hard to know where to begin. Perhaps with the pizza at Pizzeria Mozza, which remains one of the best pizzerias in the country, each pie lovingly crafted from Silverton’s now-famous dough and topped with the best Italian and Californian ingredients. Next door at Osteria Mozza, the grandest of the bunch, you can dine on cheese from the mozzarella bar (sometimes flown in from Italy that day), sip on amaro from the amaro bar, and indulge in gorgeous pastas and deeply flavored meat dishes. Around the corner at the intimate Chi Spacca, meanwhile, the immensely talented Chad Colby is raising L.A.’s meat game one salumi plate and bistecca Fiorentina porterhouse at a time. Individually, these restaurants are breathtakingly good — as a whole, they’re an achievement worthy of awe. Consider us agape.— Besha Rodell