6602 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Thurs, 05/21/2015, 9:30pm reservation
From the creators of the casual Pizzeria Mozza comes the more sophisticated fine dining restaurant Osteria Mozza. Located next door from each other, Joe Bastianich, Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton construct an Italian menu composed of pastas, a mozzarella bar, and a multitude of proteins. There is an extensive wine list, including ones from Bastianich's winery.
The ambiance is sophisticated, yet unpretentious. White table cloths line the tables with squeaky clean wine glasses. High ceilings create a sense of grandeur, but creates an echo throughout the restaurant. A mozzarella bar sits in the middle of the dining room for diners enjoyment. Every detail and intricate decor was met at Osteria Mozza, except the service (which I will go into later...).
|Given a 2012 wine from Bastianich's winery (although on the menu it was listed as a 2011). Good, nonetheless.|
|GNOCCI ($21.00): With duck ragu. The gnocci was cooked perfectly. The duck ragu was rich, coating the gnocci with every last bite. Overall, it was a good dish.|
|Inside the ravioli|
Overall, the food was good, but not exceptional by any means. The service can use some improvement. It was slow and we waited 30 minutes for our first order to arrive and nearly an additional 30 minutes for our pastas. Drinks didn't arrive until significantly later; we also had to ask for our bottle of wine to be delivered to our table after the arrival of our first dish. Furthermore, the wine we ordered was of a different year and when mentioned to the sommelier, he blew it off. The waitress was inattentive and literally ruined our experience at the restaurant. Luckily, the second waitress we had (when they changed shifts) was more observant. Would I come back here? Maybe...but I definitely wouldn't come out of my way for Osteria Mozza. There are many other exceptional restaurants in Los Angeles. Word of advice: Don't come hungry because you will probably have a 2.5-3 hour dinner for two on a weeknight for an a la carte menu.
Notable dishes: Grilled Beef Tagliata and Ricotta and Egg Raviolo