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With all the hype over Mozza, Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali's brainchild, LAist decided last week to throw a bone to an old LA dining night (and by old we mean more than 1 year!) and head to Jar for Mozzarella Mondays. You have heard about it a few times here before.

We found that the crowd has thinned a bit -- we arrived at 7:30 and were able to find seats at the bar immediately, something that used to be unheard of. They have four whites and four reds by the glass, all priced at $8. We were feeling a slight chill and stuck to reds, trying all four; the highlight definitely was the 2004 Marche, La Crima di Morro D'Alba.

Our selections of mozzarella, berkshire prosciutto and tapenade on baguette, insalata caprese with heirloom tomatoes, stuffed pasilla with ricotta, mozzarella and mole sausage and kobocha, sageleaf and mozzarella pizza were amazing.

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Celebrity chef groupies came and went throughout the night, but what LAist liked the most was that we could just sit with our friends and catch up and eat some good food (at even better prices) and enjoy time together. If you've never made it to Jar on a Monday, well, what are you up to tonight?

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