Crispy Italian flatbread with local San Diego honey at Davanti (Brad A. Johnson)
When I lived and worked as a critic in Chicago, I always loved Mia Francesca’s, an always reliable neighborhood Italian joint. At the time, there was only one location, but it has since blossomed into a successful chain. So I was really excited when Francesca’s chef/owner Scott Harris recently opened Davanti in San Diego’s Little Italy. The pizzas are excellent. The pork belly, truly massive. The brussels sprouts, a revelation. But the best of all? An incredible crispy flatbread smeared with local honey. Here’s a quick look around… Continue reading →
Pizza Margherita at Pizzeria Mozza OC (Brad A Johnson)
One pizza. One salad. One dessert. And an almost impossible reservation. That’s pretty much all you need to know about the pizzeria jointly owned by celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton.
First, the fennel sausage pizza. It’s important to adjust your expectations about the crust. Mozza’s dough doesn’t taste like typical pizza crust. It’s not modeled after the styles of Naples or New York or Rome or even L.A. Instead, it’s got the unique snap-crackly crunch and tangy DNA of Nancy Silverton’s La Brea Bakery sourdough. It’s extremely puffy around the edges but micro-thin in the center. And it’s excellent. Continue reading →