If you are looking to find the foodiest dental hygienist in the city with the best restaurant recommendations (globally), immediately book in with Bonnie at the wonderful Dr. Sobelman’s office on Wilshire and La Cienega. Several years ago for a trip to Barcelona, a friend gave me a list of recommendations from Gourmet columnist Colman Andrews (and author of Catalan Cuisine) and I got one from Bonnie, and guess what? They were pretty much identical.
Today I met Bonnie and her foodie friend Tracy from London, and we had, predictably, a fantastic lunch at Pizzeria Mozza. As always, the service was exceptional. We ordered a few greatest hits, like the chicken liver bruschetta (my absolute favorite!), fried squash blossoms, tricolore salad, the egg and guanciale pizza with radicchio and bagna cauda, and then tried another with Coach Farm goat cheese and leeks. For dessert they enjoyed the divine butterscotch budino (which I had to sit out since I gave up dessert for lent), while I enjoyed a glimpse of an old TV fave—Don Johnson and his lovely wife, Kelley Phleger, eating lunch at the bar. Here are my two must-orders on the menu (though when available, the littleneck clam or wild nettle pizzas are right up there):