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Hot Dish: Mario Batali-backed pizzeria to open in San Diego


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For months, foodie bloggers, pizza lovers, and die-hard Mozza fans alike have been buzzing about the potential opening of a Pizzeria Mozza—one of TV personality Mario Batali, restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and La Brea Bakery founder Nancy Silverton’s signature restaurants—in downtown San Diego. Finally, firmer details are available. Pamela Lewy, the communications director for Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, confirmed Pizzeria Mozza’s interest in opening up shop in the historical Old Police Headquarters building near Seaport Village, as one of the several restaurants and shops that will occupy the 100,000 square feet of leasable space that is part of the Terramar Retail Centers’ redevelopment plans for the area. “We have not fully negotiated a lease, but are close,” said Lewy.

Alex Munoz-Suarez, the B&B Hospitality Group’s chief operating officer, recently told area reporters the “old-style Italian villa”-feel of the Old Police Headquarter’s Spanish Colonial Revival architecture is ideal for Mozza and that the restaurant group plans to invest roughly $2 million to build out the two-story space. 

Known for dishing out upscale and unconventional pies, Pizzeria Mozza’s menu is filled with bucket list-level must-eats for the adventurous (and hungry) pizza lover—like the bacon, salami, fennel sausage, guanciale, tomato, and mozzarella pie, and the squash blossoms, tomato, and burrata pie. In a nutshell, it’s food to look forward to.

The San Diego opening will be the franchise’s fourth. Mozza’s original location opened in Los Angeles in 2006, with additional locations following in Singapore and, earlier this month, in Newport Beach. An opening date has yet to be set for the San Diego locale, but sources are pointing to “late 2012” as the earliest possibility for area locals and tourists to scarf down a Pizzeria Mozza meal.  

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