'The Mozza Cookbook' on Serious Eats
The beauty of Nancy Silverton's Pizza Dough is that she went about creating it from a bread baker's perspective stemming from her beginnings at L.A.'s La Brea Bakery. Her goal for the pizzas at Mozza was to create a dough with an open hole structure, where the just baked crust was full of big, irregular air pockets, giving it an airy cornice (or outer rim). For The Mozza Cookbook, Silverton tweaked her dough recipe used in the pizzeria for home cooks (those of us who don't have the luxury of a high heat wood-fired pizza oven).
These are the ravioli that runny yolk lovers dream of: oversized packets of fresh pasta dough filled with creamy, nutmeg-spiked ricotta with a single egg yolk nestled within. Once your fork cuts through the tender pasta, that oozy yellow yolk makes its way onto the plate, mixing with the brown butter and creating a rich sauce for the ricotta-filled ravioli.
While the big, beefy steaks and cellared Brunellos are some of Tuscany's flashier offerings, the region is also home to a homier dish, Ribollita, a filling bowl of minestrone thickened with day-old bread. When Nancy Silverton decided to adapt this wintry soup for The Mozza Cookbook she looked to the restaurant Da Delfina, where they do ribollita a little different, transforming it from soup to a crunchy soup-based fritter.
Sausage and greens are a glorious pair, whether piled into a sandwich or in this Orecchiette with Fennel Sausage and Swiss Chard is a hearty and fall-perfect Puglian classic brought stateside by Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina, executive chef at Osteria Mozza.
Nancy Silverton had traditional Italian cuisine on the mind when writing menus for Osteria Mozza but when it came to Pizzeria Mozza she made one Italian-American exception on the menu for meatballs. And it was a happy exception: these Meatballs al Forno adapted from The Mozza Cookbook ended up being the most popular antipasto on the menu.
A meal at Mozza is a memorable one to say the least but for those of us without plans to travel to Los Angeles anytime soon, Nancy Silverton has adapted many of Mozza's greatest hits for The Mozza Cookbook. We'll be cooking from it all week! Enter to win a copy here.