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The new Mosaic Restaurant leaves a lasting impression

By Dan Shepler | 03/13/2018 Food and Drink, Italian/Pizza, Redding Originals

The Mosaic Restaurant, the new hot spot in Redding, offers California style cuisine with an upbeat and lively atmosphere. I headed in for dinner one evening around 5:00 p.m. It looked pretty busy and there was a short wait for a table. Not a problem, spots were available at the bar to get a drink in the meantime. The bartender recommended the Sac Smash, a delicious spin on a margarita made with ginger, agave, lemon juice, and basil. She mixed one up to perfection and I sipped on while looking over the menu. The charcuterie board looks good.

Table ready. Within moments of being seated, a cheery waiter stops by. I ask him how he liked the charcuterie board and he confirmed my suspicion. “I’ll take one of those and whatever you recommend to drink,” he smiled and said “the Blackberry Bramble,” a refreshing cocktail made with fruit and gin. A few minutes later the drink showed up followed by the appetizer, which was even better than described on the menu as “Chef's choice of rotating house-made and imported salami, sausage and specialty cheeses with house pickled vegetables and crostini.”

I was in heaven. There were a lot of really tasty looking entrees coming out of the kitchen as the charcuterie board dwindled. The waiter came back to check on me and mentioned that the Trinity pizza has been a big hit. A quick glance at the menu and I was sold. The pizza station and brick oven are in the front of the restaurant so you can watch each pizza being made. I took a break from the drink and delicious appetizer and headed to watch my pizza turn into a glorious meal. Fresh, locally sourced arugula and leeks were added to the roasted potato and bacon on top of the pizza. My mouth was starting to water so I made my way back to the table. Took a couple sips of the bramble just in time as the waiter with a plate in hand. Dinner was served. The organic egg on top looked a little different, but I had faith in the waiter to not lead me astray. I broke off a piece and took a bite. It was all I had hoped it would be and capped off the experience with a signature statement.

About the Author/photographer: Dan Shepler is a local creative with a passion for the outdoors and the area. His work has taken him all over the world to see some incredible things through the eye of a lens. When not working, you can find him on the water somewhere with a fly rod in hand. To learn more about Dan or to see some of his work, visit All photos belong to Dan Shepler in partnership with Visit Redding.

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