Los Angelinos that don't want to wait so long for a table at Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza will do just about anything to land a table at Mario Batali's hopping joint ventures with Nancy Silverton. It's a good thing David Rosoff, the general manager, has a strong moral backbone.
"Just yesterday, somebody asked me flat out on the phone if I would take a bribe," says Rosoff, who recently turned down an offer of Lakers' tickets in exchange for a prime-time table.
"People are pretty shameless about name-dropping," he adds. "Before they even say what they want, they're letting you know who they know in Hollywood."
Rosoff stands as firm as Silverton's standout pizza crust.
"Even my mother," he says, "needs a reservation."