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BataliWatch '07: The Other Mozza Opening in April

We just got word that Osteria Mozza, the larger sister restaurant to the much ballyhooed and impossible-to-get-a-table Pizzeria Mozza, will probably open its doors in April. The restaurant is staffing heavily in the kitchen, with open calls coming up as early as next week:

OPEN INTERVIEWS HELD: MONDAY, FEB. 26, 2007 11AM-2PM
MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2007 11AM-2PM
MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2007 11AM-2PM

LOCATION FOR INTERVIEWS: PIZZERIA MOZZA 641 N. HIGHLAND AVE., JUST SOUTH OF MELROSE...

PLEASE CHECK IN WITH HOSTESS AT PIZZERIA MOZZA FOR AN INTERVIEW. THE PIZZERIA WILL BE VERY BUSY AND WE ASK FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

The headline of the Craigslist ad gives top billing to the big guy himself, Mario Batali, even though we all know he's nowhere near the restaurants. Maybe this one will draw him more, but we don't have high hopes. Plus, he's opening two restaurants at the Venetian in Vegas soon. And he still needs time to drink beer and carouse. To join the ranks at Osteria, you'll have to deal with exec chef, Matt Molina. We heard the restaurant would open in the "first quarter" of '07, then we had a confirmed March, now it's April. Let the day-to-day briefings begin.
· Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton's Osteria Mozza Is Now Hiring Cooks [Craigslist]
· Plywood Special: Osteria Mozza in March [Eater LA]
· Mozza: Let the Debate Begin [Eater LA]

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