Innovative superchefs Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina throw “the
best dinner party in LA” every night at Pizzeria Mozza.
Pizzeria Mozza’s building had “that certain
vibe” sought by restaurateur Nancy Silverton
and her head chef Matt Molina while they were
developing the Mozza concept.
By Rick Hynum
Photos by Kelly Campbell
In a city like Los Angeles, certain older buildings come with a his- tory so colorful and so illustrious that they ought to be haunted—
because the ghosts would be so cool.
Before Pizzeria Mozza (pizzeriamozza.
com), the popular LA restaurant found-
ed by the dream team of Nancy Silver-
ton, Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich,
was Pizzeria Mozza, it was Emilio’s, a
fabled eatery on the corner of High-
land and Melrose Avenues that drew a
star-studded clientele in Hollywood’s
heyday. There, movie mogul Jack War-
ner held court with a retinue of famous
friends. Elizabeth Taylor nibbled on
salads. John Wayne chomped on New
York rib-eyes. Richard Burton brooded
over linguine with clams. And owner
and maître d’ Emilio Baglioni hovered
nearby between courses, playing Italian
ditties on his accordion to set the proper