Shiny food

These pictures are several weeks old, but it’s been a while since I’ve posted any food pictures, so…

Shortly before we moved from LA, AEJ and I did a little restaurant tour, eating at several of our favorite places in town before we left. One place we had to hit one last time was Pizzeria Mozza, Mario Batali’s pizza place in West Hollywood. They have, among other things, this incredible chopped salad. When we took my mom there last year, she said it was the best salad she’d ever had.

Mmmmm. Let’s get one more look at that — maybe a shot of just a single serving.

Then, of course, there were the pizzas. We may have gone a little overboard here, like we usually do. We ordered three pizzas. There were only two of us. I like them odds. Front to back, this is Pizza alla benno: speck, pineapple, jalapeno, mozzarella & tomato (basically a very spicy Hawaiian-style pizza); Margherita with mozzarella, tomato & basil (so that at least one of them would be simple); and Salumi Salami, mozzarella, tomato & fresno chiles.

Here’s a close-up of the incredible “Pizza alla benno.” Lordy McYum, this was just about the tastiest pizza ever.

Seriously. I’ve had pizza with pineapple before, but I guess it was never fresh-sliced pineapple. The super-sweet pineapple with the spicy chiles was… Wow.

We’ve found some tasty pizza here in Austin (I’m a fan of Mangia‘s), but nothing quite as over-the-top as Pizzeria Mozza. If anybody knows a place we should try, let me know!


Laura says

Um. Wow. I guess I spoke a few seconds too soon about the lack of food pictures. Hah.

Robyn says

Try Home Slice Pizza on South Congress. Great Austin vibe, and great pizza--although certainly not as gourmet as those in your pics.

Connie Miller says

We took our daughter, on break from LHB Band Hell Week, to The Mellow Mushroom on the Drag (Guadalupe/campus) and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. If I could afford the fat calories, I would spend my days camped in one of their booths, strings of cheese stretching from each delicious slice to my mouth. The crust is heavenly as well.

Jason says

I second the Mellow Mushroom suggestion, I went there with my sister over the weekend and it was really good, although it does take a while to get your food so make to have plenty of time if you eat there.

Andrew Hackard says

Head over to Cipollina's on West Lynn at around 13th Street. (It's between a FreshPlus grocery store and a big nursery.) They have pizza happy hour (1/2 price!) every day between, IIRC, 3 and 5. They used to have a wonderful glass-fronted deli display with great salads and desserts, but they remodeled and that's gone. Sigh.

May not be quite the gourmet experience you're hoping for, but it's mighty good.

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