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Small Bites: A Quick Look at the State of the Plate

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Tongues are wagging about the long-anticipated opening of Mozza, the love child of local legend Nancy Silverton and celeb chef Mario Batali, that took place early last month. We, too, had our eye on the pizzeria's progress for most of this year as the changes happened molasses-slow over on the corner of Melrose and Highland. While LAist waits for the hype to die down a bit before we belly up to the bar, we're tuned in to what those who've flocked there already are reporting. What have we learned? Well, the ricotta-stuffed squash blossom appetizer is a must, the butterscotch pudding is to die for, and what's being called pizza might just be fancy toppings on fancy bread that Silverton herself escorts out of the oven. (Batali, we hear, has not been spotted.) Does everything Nancy touch turn to gold? We'll have to see for ourselves...

In other food news, EaterLA launched this week. They're the latest apple to drop from the Curbed family tree, and focus on food in our fair city.

Rather do it TV dinner style? Top Chef's second season is spiced up this time with local Grub-er Betty Fraser, who is one of the remaining contestants. We're not sure if Betty's going to make it to the final meal, but we did have a nice time and a pretty good lunch at her eatery.

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And it's never too soon to plan your next great meal... With our Thanksgiving turkey not quite a distant memory we're not thinking Christmas--we're wondering "What are you Doing New Year's Eve?" LAist wants to know where you're going for the last morsels of 2006, and for those who remain undecided, we'll do our best to help you out in the coming days.