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May 1, 2007

California pizza kitchen

OK, Pizzeria Mozza was everything it promised to be. There was even an Important Celebrity Sighting. ...

It's charming -- Mediterranean and rustic -- it's the hottest ticket in L.A., but as my daughter said, it's basically just a pizza joint.

But what pizza. Hot out of the brick oven, it comes with a fabulous crust, puffy, thin and crisp. Toppings like my fennel sausage, cream and thinly sliced red onion are to die for. And prices aren't bad. (Mine was $14.)

Unlike a normal pizza joint, there are practically two wait staff for every table, so the service is good in spite of the crowds.

The food isn't perfect. A beautiful salad made with red Belgian endive and mixed greens had too much lemony dressing. And the fact that there was a dessert with an Oreo crust in such a meticulously authentic Mediterranean restaurant, even though we didn't order it, was a downer.

But all in all, well worth it.

Celebrity sighting: director Robert Rodriguez, of Grindhouse fame (and Spy Kids). Are you telling me he can't get a table later than 5 p.m. on a Monday? Take a look at his photo and you'll see why I recognized him. He was wearing his bandana in the restaurant.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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