Thursday, April 23, 2009

Reservation for Two: Osteria Mozza

Really, what more is there to say about Osteria Mozza? This was our first time at the Osteria (I'm so ashamed!) and we fell madly in love. I'm not sure why, but we just didn't think we were going to like it as much as the Pizzeria. Oh were we wrong. There were times I thought my husband was going to fly away in ecstasy. Really!

Lucky us, my father and his girlfriend treated the two of us to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversry. Grandma babysat! It was less formal than I had imagined and the food was incredible. The one and only so-so dish was the burrata from Puglia. Surprising, but Gioia's was creamier and richer than what we had at OM, though the bread it came with, soaked in EVO was perfection.

Our waiter was predictably everything Batali's servers always are: real, knew the menu inside and out, really wanted us to LOVE our meal, and a perfect guide to figuring out the dishes we would love (no calf's brain raviolis for me!).

We split the Ribollita "Da Delfina" - amazing. Like a savory french toast/bread pudding. Bread soaked in minestrone that's been reduced, then pan-fried. Ok, that description so does not capture how good it was. After the aforementioned burrata, we moved onto pastas. The orrecchiette with sausage and swiss chard was wonderful but the fresh ricotta and egg raviolo with browned butter was a showstopper.

For our mains, I had the Grilled Beef Tagliata, rucola, and Parmigiano with aceto balsamico and M had the Grilled Quail wrapped in pancetta with sage and honey. Again, perfection.

The bombolini with mountain huckleberry compote and vanilla gelato put the whole meal over the top and we agreed that this was one of our best meals ever.

The icing on the cake was meeting Ms. Silverton herself. What an honor and yes, I did feel like such a dorky groupie. But it was a thrill nonetheless. I just wanted to take a picture of her from a distance, but a server mentioned that she'd be happy to take one with me so now I have a pic of the two of us! That poor woman must get approached constantly by food-obsessed groupies.

Anyhow, here are some highlights from our meal. Entrees and desserts were dark so I'm not including.
Osteria Mozza
6602 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 297-0100


Diana said...

I am a total Nancy groupie too. She smiled at me when I was sitting at the pizza bar at Pizzeria Mozza once and my heart almost stopped.

So glad you had such a wonderful meal at the Osteria! Happy Anniversary! :)

Susan said...

I totally get the Nancy smile moment...not to veer off-topic, but I think a smile from Matt Molina may even be better. :)

Thanks so much for the anniversary wishes, Diana.

SinoSoul said...

i LOVE taking pix of the bread guys. dunno why... haha!

Susan said...

I do too, SinoSoul! Especially when the bread is so memorable.

Novy said...

I'll be celebrating my wedding anniversary grandma will be babysitting too! however you have to limit our selections to restaurants nearby. congrats and glad you had a memorable time!