pizzeria mozza / downtown san diego

After we got sugared up from Frost Me Gourmet Cupcakes, we headed over to Pizzeria Mozza for some lunch. I’ve been wanting to visit Pizzeria Mozza since they opened last year, but I heard they had some trouble working out the kinks. Since they’re now listed in the Eater San Diego 38, I figured they had finally worked everything out and it was time to visit.  


Pizzeria Mozza Menu - San Diego

Here’s their menu, which you can click to enlarge and read in it’s full glory. 

Jake and I first heard about Mozza from Chef Keegan at D Bar while we were on the Bacon Crawl last year. He told us about this restaurant called Mozza (he meant Osteria Mozza, though) that has a Mozzarella Bar and lots of different kinds of mozzarella to try (there’s more than one?!). Pizzeria Mozza is within the Mozza Restaurant Group run by Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich – so they have some of the same crazy cheeses from the other Mozza. I hope to visit Osteria Mozza soon for a cheese tasting! 

Pane Bianco - side / Pizzeria Mozza - San Diego

[pane bianco / $4]

We decided to share a few things to try out the menu. Bread sounded like a good idea to me and this pane bianco with extra virgin olive oil fit the bill. 

Grilled Pane Bianco / Pizzeria Mozza - San Diego

You get two extra thick slices of grilled, crusty bread. There are flecks of garlic with olive oil that’s grilled right into the bread. The bread is fluffy on the inside and the outer part gets a wonderful golden crust from the grilling. The olive oil they use is quite distinct and even a little bit peppery. It had a nice, rich flavor that enhanced the flavor of the bread. Very simply and very delicious. 

Fried Mozzarella alla Pizzaiola / Pizzeria Mozza - San Diego

[fried mozzarella alla pizzaiola / $9]

Jake wanted to try the fried mozzarella (as if I would say “no”) and Jake, T and I each got one ball to try. The fried mozzarella balls are served in a robust pizzaiola sauce that I actually didn’t really care for because it had whole black olives in it (yuck! olives!). I saved a fried mozzarella ball from the evil olive laden sauce and ate it on it’s own. The mozzarella was so creamy and gooey and wonderful and made me do a little happy dance. The outer crust is not too thick and has a perfect golden crust to house the hot, melted cheese. They use a different mozzarella for these balls than they use on the pizza (I don’t remember the specific kind though). 

Bacon, Salumi, Sausage, and Pancetta Pizza / Pizzeria Mozza - San Diego

[bacon, salumi, fennel sausage, pancetta, tomato & mozzarella pizza / $18]

The boys wanted the meatiest of meat pizzas on the menu and I agreed to try that. This one is like a really fancy “meat lover’s” pizza using much finer ingredients. Each meat was really delicious on it’s own. The fennel sausage looks like it’s made in house and is kind of chunky-free form style (I thought it was a meatball at first from the look of it). I actually ended up eating all of the meats separately so I could enjoy the pizza on it’s own (I personally like simple just-a-few-toppings pizza). Each of the meats were delicious though and added extra layers of flavor to the pizza.

Pizza crust bottom / Pizzeria Mozza - San Diego

The pizza crust is quite thin and crispy. It has a really wonderful chew that reminded me of Napizza in Little Italy, but a little thinner. There’s a nice char on the bottom which I loved and I am happy to report that the crust was probably my favorite part of the pizza. I dislike soft crust pizzas so this was a very ideal crust for me and my love of crunchy things. It’s crisp, crunchy, but also chewy and has a great overall texture and mouthfeel. We’ll definitely be back to explore more of the menu (I spied lasagna which I really, really want to try)!

Pizzeria Mozza
at The Headquarters
789 W Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 376-4353

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Author: Mary

Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 12+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

10 Replies to “pizzeria mozza / downtown san diego

  1. I’m loving those mozzarella balls and I haven’t even tasted them yet! Of course, they wouldn’t be complete with the marinara. I hope you wore your bib for this one.

    1. Hi Kimberlee! They were pretty little tasty mozzarella balls! If the sauce didn’t have olives swimming in it I would have liked it more, but I’m sure the olive-lovin’ folks would dig it. Sometimes when I don’t feel like pulling out my bib, I just hold the plate really close to my face. I think that’s what I did this time. But I still love my bib πŸ™‚

  2. Ooh I haven’t been here yet but it’s definitely on my list! S isn’t a huge pizza fan BUT I think I finally convinced him to go try Mozza with me, haha. That grilled bread looks delicious!

    1. Hi Jinxi! Oh goodie, yes, you must go visit! I really, really liked the crust and that bread was fantastic. There’s plenty to try on the menu, they also have panini’s and lasagna. And lots of things with cheese πŸ™‚

  3. Darn stop giving me more reasons to brave downtown busyness and lack of parking. Was there a lot of sauce on the pizza? I tend to like my pizzas drenched in sauce. Looks like a meat lovers paradise though.

    1. Hi Darren – Haha! I know, Downtown is terrible. But something you must brave it for delicious things, right?! There wasn’t a lot of sauce on the pizza, but Jake (who normally gets extra sauce on pizza) still really enjoyed the pizza. You could always ask for extra sauce! It was a very, very meaty pizza. Meat lover’s for sure!

  4. Yes….mozzarella ballz. Those will be mine, except for the olives too.

    Perhaps a future trolley adventure is in order. $5 round trip saves us me, bert and tc the troubl of traffic, driving, and trying to find crappy parking.

    1. Hi CC – They are a little pricey but they tasted so good! We went Downtown on Friday night and took the trolley, was much better than trying to find parking down there, ugh.

  5. Oh those mozz balls look good! Did you think it was worth the price? The cheese balls look kinda small. Thank you for hating evil olives too πŸ™‚

    I don’t know why I always assume bread will be free at a restaurant. The hunk of bread here looks amazing though.

    Is this the restaurant that’s owned by the Italian chef who wears the orange crocs? I’m soooo drawing a blank right now b/c my brained is work fried.

    Where did you park ? Seaport Village?

    1. Hi Faye – I wish I didn’t have to share the mozza balls… but they were good! A tiny bit pricey but we really enjoyed them. Ugh, I vehemently dislike the flavor of olives, it permeated the whole sauce. Gross!

      A lot of places do have free bread but this place made their bread all fancy like.

      YES, Mario wears the orange crocs and he is one of the owners haha!

      We actually did the valet parking at the Headquarters, but we had the hook-up on parking from our visit to Frost Me Cupcakes (which is why I really wanted to have lunch right after cupcakes – to take advantage of the free parking we got).

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