Mozza Expanding to Newport

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Mario Batali has set his sights on Newport for a planned third location of Mozza (one is also headed to Singapore). Squid Ink reports that a lease for the old Dolce space at 800 West Coast Highway has been signed, with an opening date still in the works. This Mozza location will recreate Mozza's original pizzeria atmosphere, with a heavy emphasis on the Mozza2Go concept that began there. Newport is considerably stodgier (and wealthier) than Hollywood, but the restaurant's continued success in L.A. ensures buzz and demand in equal measures in O.C. The heat is no doubt felt strongest by Celestino Drago, who recently announced plans for his own pizzeria/osteria in Newport's Fashion Island.

Mozza Expansion Update: Pizzeria Mozza To Open in Newport Beach [Squid Ink]