6602 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
James Beard May 2012 Award winning restaurant!
Why did we dine here? – Osteria Mozza is a popular Southern California Italian restaurant run by Chef Nancy Silverton in partnership with Mario Batali. We had it on our short list for our recent trip to LA.
Insider Tip – Make reservations well in advance
Cuisine – Italian
Location – Hollywood
Opened – 2007
Service – Osteria Mozza has very good service with a friendly server and informed suggestions.
Verdict – Osteria Mozza lived up to its hype. Their pasta can run with any place in San Francisco. This is a must visit for Italian fans in the area. Parking can be a pain.
Osteria Mozza Signature Dishes – Burrata, Pasta, Octopus
Osteria Mozza’s Menu is pretty extensive with many salads, Mozzarella options, pastas, entrees. $69 pasta tasting menu.
Osteria Mozza Food Picks:
Mojito ($12) was strong and on the tart side.
3 very nicely done house breads
Amuse of creamy ricotta spread on crisp toast.
Grilled Octopus with potatoes, celery & lemon ($21) is a signature dish and featured very char’d fresh tentacles tastily arranged.
Sweet Gem Lettuce with bufala mozzarella, cucumber & yogurt ($18) made it easy to get some cheese without having to select one! Tart dressing, crunchy cucumbers, very fresh and smooth moz.
Garganelli with ragú Bolognese ($20) was a dry, eggless spaghetti like pasta that proved to be stellar. A perfect al dente. The 12-15 hr ragu was rich and meaty.
Tagliatelle Verde with lamb ragu, olive Taggiasche & mint ($21) was very good. Another awesome sauce with freshly made, wide green strips of al dente noodles.
Romanesco Cauliflower & red onion with mint yogurt ($10) featured very soft and char’d veggies with some slices of onion.
FORMAGGI STAGIONATI ($12) was Excellent. A wide range of types along with solid accompaniments. Selection included:
Quadrello di Bufala
Lombardia: buffalo milk
Caprino Cremoso al Tartufo Nero
Piemonte: goat’s milk
Piemonte: cow & sheep’s milk
Dark Chocolate Gelato – Blood Orange Sorbetto ($10) was homemade and it showed. Refreshing and large scoops.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)