Osteria Mozza | Melrose | Los Angeles, CA
Last week Bunny’s aunt was in town from Beijing. Since they were in the USA, we thought what would be more American than bringing them to eat at an Italian Restaurant. We heard that Osteria Mozza is one of the best Italian restaurants in LA. Osteria Mozza is a brain child of super star chefs Nancy Silverton & Mario Batali, yes that Mario Batali of eataly/Iron Chef fame. Located not too far down the street from Providence we had a late reservation since we booked this a week in advance. We arrived around 8:30PM and the restaurant was in full swing, the main room was full, and so was the rear room where we were seated.
Located next to Pizzeria Mozza, a restaurant under the same name stands Osteria Mozza.
You can see the wine lining the walls
The main attraction, the long bar that wraps around the room.
Very casual environment, since I don’t like to dress up, I felt very comfortable.
The view from where we were seated, the wine list was equally impressive as their pasta menu.
I love the wine glasses here.
We were started off with some bread and house made Olive oil. Olive oil was fresh and crisp.
Bunny had a glass of the 2014 Kerner
Compliments of the chef, Goat cheese ricotta, olive tapenade, basil, crostini
Affettati Misti with Gnocco Fritto – veal tongue crostini with salsa rustica, mortadella, salame picante, duck rillette, bacon-wrapped pork & pistachio terrine, prosciutto-wrapped grissini with truffle butter
Everything here was well made, just like in Italy…. Bunny’s favorite is the Salame Picante.
All of the charcuterie is supposed to be eaten with Gnocco Fritto, which is a fried dough, it reminds me of the fried bits you get with a sweet and sour soup at a Chinese Restaurant.
Mozzarella Tasting with fett’unta – All of the Mozzarella had different tastes. The Mozzarella is extremely fresh, tastes almost like milk, but each version had a different spin on it. From left to right original, burrata, and buffalo.
Fett’unta, or also known as bruschetta. Rubbed with garlic, drizzled with olive olive and seasoned with salt. This makes the best compliment to the smooth flavor of the mozzarella.
Bunny’s aunt really liked this bread.
Tagliatelle with oxtail ragu. I love how all the noodles here taste handmade with that perfect chewiness, the oxtail was superrr tender.
Linguine with clams, pancetta & spicy Fresno chiles.
Orecchiette with sausage & Swiss chard: fennel sausage and brown butter bread crumbs….. Bunny really liked this dish, the bread crumbs + the lamb sausage reminder her of lamb skewers from Beijing.
Squid Ink Chitarra Freddi with Dungeness crab, sea urchin & jalapeno – An underwater experience with cold pasta, topped with the Uni and mixed in with Dungeness crab.This dish felt like it had some Asian influence with the Uni.
Everything at Osteria Mozza is made at a very high level. All of the pasta had that perfect Al-dente bouncy texture every pasta dish should aspire to. The charcuterie is excellent, the Mozzarella tasted like they were made yesterday, the bread is heavenly, and the wine selection is vast. Our favorite dish of the night was the Orecchiette. Portions are small, but are in line with the potions they serve in Europe. Service is excellent, the servers were attentive without being overbearing. We will definitely come back. We spent over $220 with tip for everything you see above, so it’s definitely on the expensive side, but then again it’s Melrose after all.
6602 Melrose Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90038
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