The Shil-Shul Diaries

The story begins in a cramped booth at the "faux" New York deli 'Noshville' in Nashville TN on a blustry day after thanksgiving November Friday day in 2008. In between my wife, Rachel, and my brother, Michael, I sat across from my "cooler than me" cousins Mark and Sarah, and Sarah's just as cool husband, Danny. Mark, who lives the awesome life being a lawyer living in San Francisco working for Facebook, with his only downfall being his SEVERE lactardation..which has never been medically or scientifically proven to exist in Mark.. Sarah and Danny are foodies from NYC who have tried every dive "chicken finger" hut and "curry on a stick" in the big city. Danny and Sarah had discussed that they were trying to go to as many places from Bobby Flay's 'Throwdown' show as they could, and that there was one in Nashville we had to try.....a place that I had never heard of in my 13 years of living there..I will get to that adventure later.

I got an idea from my cool cousins idea. An idea became a hobby. And the hobby became an obsession. And thus produced the list.....a world-famous spreadsheet...of every restaurant that has ever been featured on Food Network and Travel Channel....every restaurant from the famous shows like "Throwdown", "Man V. Food", "Man v. Food Nation", "Food Feuds", "Food Wars", "Best Thing I Ever Ate", and "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives" to the obscure "Best Food Ever", "Meat and Potatoes", and "101 Best Places to Chowdown", plus my additions of the restaurants of famous chefs and local places of legend. Names, cities, food they are famous for, and addresses. It was and still is an obsession. As of 9:24am on January 7th, 2015, THE LIST HAS 3,116 RESTAURANTS ON IT...WITH A FEW OVERLAPS HERE AND THERE. And then over Pastrami Eggs Benedict at Nate N' Al's Deli in Beverly Hills, Hannah and Andrew, our good friends, gave me the idea of the blog. Document every place I went. And thus, "The Shil-Shul Diaries" was born. I will log the places, the shows they are from, and what I had. So far, every place I have been has been amazing, except two, one being mediocre, and another being down right awful.

If there is a city you have been to, or are going to, or are from and want to know what from my list is in the city, send me a email at shilshuldiaries@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pizzeria and Osteria Mozza

















Pizzeria Mozza
641 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Best Pizza In America

http://pizzeriamozza.com/

Osteria Mozza
6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Manliest Restaurant in America

http://www.osteriamozza.com/

Three James Beard award winning chefs (Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich), two four star restaurants, two life changing, greatest meals of your life kind of experience, one building.

Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza are two of the finest restaurants and meals, not just Italian, you will ever experience in your life. Two of the finest and most beloved restaurants in a city bound by culinary excellence.

Osteria Mozza is as fine dining as it gets.  Open kitchen, mozzarella bar, the most experienced sommelier, and the finest ingredients and dishes.  I have been twice, and both times gotten the same thing, if it aint broke don't fix it.  In terms of Italian cuisine, both traditional or casual, its the finest meal I have ever had, one of the best overall meals of my life. We got Shaved Brussels Sprouts with mint, toasted almonds, pecorino & Parmigiano Reggiano for appetizer and it was phenomenal, Bufala Mozzarella with basil pesto, salsa romesco, tapenade & caperberry relish for our cheese course and it was unforgettable,  Tagliatelle with oxtail ragu for our pasta course and it was sublime and the  Grilled Whole Orata wrapped in radicchio with extra virgin olive oil and Grilled Leg of Lamb with insalata di fregola sarda, mint and yogurt for our main course are some of the outstanding dishes I have had in my life. Like I said the finest Italian meal of my life and one of the finest overall meals of my life.

Pizzeria Mozza is next door, and while it is more casual and hip, it is also one of the finest meals of my life, and easily the best pizza I have ever had.  This place is plain and simple.  Appetizers, salads, and incredibly mind blowing pizza with the best crust I have ever had. We got Fried Squash Blossoms with ricotta and I cannot stop thinking about them or drooling about the thought of them. 
Mozza Caprese for salad course which was simple and perfection on a plate.  Funghi Misti, Fontina, Taleggio & Thyme and a Mozzarella Di Bufala, Tomato, Genovese Basil & Extra Virgin Olive Oil pizza followed.  The cheese is perfection.  The sauce is perfection.  The toppings are perfection.  The pizzas are perfection in terms of doughiness and crunch.  Outstanding on every single level.  Like I have said before, the best pizza meal of my life and easily on the best meals of my life from start to finish! 

If you have the finances and want to experience the best Italian meal of your life and easily one of the best meals of your life, Osteria or Pizzeria Mozza is a cannot, should not be missed.

1 comment:

  1. The best item on the menu at Pizzeria Mozza isn't actually a pizza. It's the butterscotch budino! That is the only dessert that my husband and I refuse to share. We must have our own, and it is sooooooo worth it!

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