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Osteria Mozza Watch: Opening Friday the 13th?

We said it before, we'll say it again: It's not just hot this July, it's a hot month for restaurant openings. Last week we spotted Tom Colicchio's Craft on OpenTable accepting ressies for July 16, and now we receive word about Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali's much anticipated sister to Pizzeria Mozza: "Friends and family mock dinners start tonight. If all goes well, Osteria Mozza will be open for service by Friday the 13th." That's THIS FRIDAY, people. "P.S. the food rocks, all of it." We don't doubt that for a second because although Osteria Mozza's website is being renovated, Mario Batali's is not, and it's there that we find this:

In the heart of this brand new Osteria rests Nancy Silverton’s free standing Mozzarella Bar – the pivot of Nancy, Joe and Mario’s creation – both literally and figuratively. Here, Nancy prepares a wide array of fresh items from Mozzarella, Burrata, Bocconcini, Strachiatella and many more.
There are high tables for people to gather near the bar, plus a main dining room with lots of window seats, and a private dining room. With Nancy's once-a-week cheese nights becoming a regular occurrence, fighting off the cheeseheads will become a sport. Trying to keep composure here... The rest of the menu has salumi, pasta, meat and seafood dishes "as conveived by Mario Batali and executive chef Matt Molina." Oh, and full liquor license too. Vanilla Bake Shop, Red Mango, Craft, Osteria Mozza all in one week? Begin fasting?now.
· July Food Frenzy: Vanilla Bake Shop, Red Mango, Craft, Osteria Mozza, Takami and MORE Open This Month [~ELA~]
· Breaking: Craft reservation lines are OPEN [~ELA~]
· Post-Plywood: Osteria Mozza First Look [~ELA~]

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