Since the day it opened in Los Angeles, Pizzeria Mozza has been a hot ticket with long lines out the door.
When word got out that another location was opening in Newport Beach, foodies jumped for joy.
The brilliant collaboration between two famous chefs, Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton, has resulted in fare that changes the definition of a pizzeria. It also happens to be served in a very attractive environment for dining.
The high-ceilinged room features a vast brick, wood-burning oven at one end with an eat-in bar. Across the room, another bar faces a dramatic wall of wine bottles. In addition to the main room there's a smaller, cozier room as well as a pleasant little outdoor dining patio.
Mozza's immediate popularity means that you should book well in advance, although there is walk-in seating available at both the pizza bar and the wine bar, serving the full menu.