Last minute? Give a gift certificate to Mozza’s family-style pigfest
No time left for shopping? Swing by Mozza2go on Melrose Avenue for a gift certificate to one of Chad Colby’s family-style dinners at La Scuola di Pizza next door. The large communal table in front of the open kitchen seats 22 or so, making for a very different kind of restaurant experience. Held a couple of nights a week, the meals are festive and fun. Food is served on big platters and in great abundance, so come hungry. Saturday nights are devoted to a sumptuous “whole hog” fest celebrating heirloom breed pigs. Friday night's theme varies with the season -- mushrooms, fish, tomatoes, crab, etc. The cost is $75 per person, excluding beverage, tax and gratuity.
Another idea: gift a 3 1/2-hour pizza or pasta class, $150. A 2 1/2-hour pig butchery demonstration class is $50. Classes are limited to 12 participants, so reserving ahead is essential.
Mozza2Go, 6610 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles; (323) 297-1130; www.mozza2go.com. Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Photos: A sample whole hog dinner menu. Credit: Mozza2Go