Mozza in Newport Beach Might Lose Liquor License

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Just when you thought Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton's new and much-anticipated OC outpost of their blockbuster Pizzeria Mozza was just settling into things at their Newport Beach address and making friends, there's word that they might get their liquor license taken away by the city's Planning Commission.

The Daily Pilot broke the news that a Newport Beach planning commissioner appealed the decision to grant them the license citing concerns from Mozza's residential neighbors that the restaurant's bar will result in noisy customers. Residents of Kings Road, which overlooks Mozza from the bluffs above the restaurant, have also complained about Mariner's Point, a commercial development of restaurants also in the works.

Mozza seems to have at least a champion in Councilwoman, Leslie Daigle, who said, "Here's a business that creates jobs, and we want them to flourish. We want them to thrive, and not create bureaucratic delays." The issue will be discussed in a council meeting this week.

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Philip Shan
Philip Shan

Anybody ordering a pepperoni pizza at Mozza doesn't deserve a pizzeria of this quality, you can go to a handful of places for that. Frankly, that's the kind of pizza Italians from Italy use as dog food.

aar
aar

Stupid story.

Mo_abdullajd
Mo_abdullajd

They're still waiting for their full liquor license as that was the original plan.  Now it's just beer and wine just like the LA Pizzeria Mozza (with the next door Osteria having the full liquor license).

Apparently, and take it with a grain of salt as this comes from the bartender there, while they're doing good business, they haven't knocked it out of the park like the LA one because, well it's Newport, duh.  They aren't making friends with their refusal to make pepperoni and black olive pizzas upon request and the Mozza folks think some of the unhappy customers aren't going to make it easy on the liquor license front. 

Plus Mozza is using their LA attorney for the liquor license issues rather than the OC liquor law specialist Michael Chu (sp?).

Just interesting to see this story in the print a week after talking to the Mozza bartender about it. 

Sam
Sam

The chance of Mozza losing their liquor license is less than zero percent- much ado about nothing.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

I'm with the Kings Road people... let these patrons indulge a couple of quartini of wine and before you know it there'll be mozzarella and bondage along PCH from the river to Pearson's Port. It's a slippery slope indeed.

(Heavily sarcastic, in case anyone out there was scratching his or her head.)

909Jeff
909Jeff

Isnt that across the street from the bay club?  I mean that place gets pretty wild... then a block north is the Rusty pelican and the chart house.... Also pretty wild! And lets not forget the 70 year old guys in boat captain hats sipping wine at Villa Nova, thise guys are animals!

Jill Abramson
Jill Abramson

As usual, the "journalists" at the OC Weekly spend their time insulting people instead of digging for the real story. Too much like work, I guess.

Getting to my point, is it true that RV parked near Main and McFadden in Santa Ana has been reduced to $750? The dirty one? I can't find it on the (first) food page. Will you quit moving things around?

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