Chefs, sous chefs, line cooks, servers, runners, dishwashers, somms and even owners on "The Corner" were thrilled this week when a rating of restaurants in Los Angeles listed the combined efforts of Pizzeria Mozza, Osteria Mozza and Chi Spacca as the 14th best in the entire city.
"You can have your Michelin stars, your Pellegrino 50 Best listing. your Gault Millau 19.5s, I'll take being listed the same as Al Green, Michelangelo and Mickey Mantle any day," said Mozza co-owner and chef Nancy Silverton referring to three other legends who too were listed as 14th best in their fields by various "raters". "Ever heard of Julius Caesar? 14th."
Although Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza and Chi Spacca are three clearly distinctive restaurants, they are so closely associated with each other that the triumvirate were rated as one. In celebration, The Corner staff sang "Let's Stay Together", the soul classic by Al Green who was rated the 14th best singer by Rolling Stone magazine. As the party grew raucous, toasts were made to other legends who were rated 14th best including undefeated heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, ( greatest boxers of all time list), "Some Like It Hot" ( greatest American movies of all time list ) Bob Dylan's 'Blowin' in the Wind' ( greatest songs list) and John F. Kennedy, ( greatest presidents list).
"I love that we were rating as one, unlike some, mutual-wall places that were rated separately," said Chi Spacca general manager Kim "Grumpy" Trac, who, in a rare celebratory mood, fire off several rounds from his Barrett 82A1 50 Cal. sniper rifle. Trac was Chino Valley Rancher's egged on by Pizzeria Mozza server Juile Burrise who yelled "Ernie Banks wore number 14.. Let's shoot two!"
*** The rating may recall a 2014 L.A. restaurant listing that put Melisse as the 32nd best in the city. Check it : http://www.krikorianwrites.com/blog/2014/4/25/32-is-the-new-1-melisse-given-same-number-as-koufax-magiclisted-as
Check out some of the other notable 14th bests.
Julius Caesar - rated 14th best general by Paradox Plaza https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/index.php?threads/the-top-100-generals-of-history.266934/ (Also spelled as Cesare)
Mickey Mantle was rated the 14th best baseball player of all time by The Bleacher Report http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1977372-the-100-greatest-mlb-players-of-all-time/page/48
"Some Like It Hot" - rated 14th best American movie of all time by the AFI- http://www.afi.com/100years/movies.aspx
Rocky Mariciano - rated 14th best boxer of all time by ESPN http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/greatest/featureVideo?page=greatest1120
"Blowin in the Wind" by Bob Dylan rated 14th best song of all time by Rolling Stone - http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/the-500-greatest-songs-of-all-time-20110407/bob-dylan-blowin-in-the-wind-20110517
John F. Kennedy was rated 14th best president by the American Political Science Association https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2015/02/16/new-ranking-of-u-s-presidents-puts-lincoln-1-obama-18-kennedy-judged-most-over-rated/
The "Spirit of St. Louis" was rated 14th most important airplane of all time, ( Charles Lindburgh flew across the Atlantic in this plane ) http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/g2142/the-30-most-important-airplanes-of-all-time/
Al Green http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-singers-of-all-time-19691231/robert-plant-20101202
Michelangelo Buonarrotti - rated the 14th greatest painter of all time http://www.theartwolf.com/articles/most-important-painters.htm
"One Flew Over The Cookoo's Nest" by Ken Sesey was ranked the 14th best novel of all time by Good Reads http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2681.Time_Magazine_s_All_Time_100_Novels
One? Shit, we've all flew over that nest at some point . Me ? I'm going over tonight.
14 best joke, Some website " A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption. One goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Amal". The other goes to a family in Spain, who name him "Juan". Years later Juan sends a picture of himself to his mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wished she also had a picture of Amal. Her husband responds: "They're twins. If you've seen Juan, you've seen Amal."