Originally posted by mousec
Originally posted by Baah Ben
I have heard Lombardi's is overrated, too. (Travling Man)
Don't you think Mario's Public Relations Team had something to do with his new place making that list?
Have you read Jonathan Gold's review of the place? If not do yourself a favor and search for the review before you make idiotic comments.
The article was not prepared by msnbc; it is credited to Forbes Traveler: http://www.forbestraveler.com/food-drink/americas-best-pizzerias-story.html
Here is what author Don Burnham had to write about Mozza in Los Angeles:
"Celebrity chef Mario Batali partnered last year with super-baker Nancy Silverton to open Mozza, which the L.A. Times says is the "hardest reservation in town to get right now."
The accompanying slide show has a caption that reads:
"Television chef Mario Batali has teamed up with one of America's greatest bakers, Nancy Silverton, to open this very hot new pizzeria whose pizza bianca Food & Wine Magazine listed as one of the best dishes of 2007. For more information: Mozza; 323-297-0101"
Nowhere in that article does it say that Mr. Burnham actually ate in any of these pizza restaurants. Nor does it explain the methodology used to choose these 10 restaurants. It does, however, quote statements published in other magazines about the restaurants listed. So, we have to dig back deeper. Did Mr. Burnham use any other sources of information? If not, how did the source of the quote decide to list the place as a winner?
People around here have little tolerance for puff pieces. We also know that all these celebrity chefs as well as media personalities like Martha Stewart have a huge, hidden "machine" behind them to run all of their various enterprises.
No where does it give the exact involvment of Mr. Batali in the pizza restaurants in LA (Mozza) or NYC (Otto). There are other people listed as working for these enterprises as well. Questioning if any public relations people work for these enterprises is not idiotic.