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06/01/2008Provided by Citysearch
This restaurant was overrated for a month reservation wait. Most of the food seemed to contain bacon fat for flavor, which made the food heavy. Service was good and the ambiance was terrific. You must try the grilled octopus and the lamb shank was so so. Good wine list .
05/19/2008Provided by Citysearch
If a restaurant can make a simple pasta dish taste really good, it's Osteria Mozza. I'm a girl that loves good food and good wine from NYC, mecca for foodies. Food in LA has not been impressive so far as i moved here two years ago. This restaurant was so memorable in terms of flavor so I had to write a review of this.
It's the simple food that is the most difficult in achieving a tasteful dish with that price tag. I don't mind paying a bit more for extremely tasty simple dishes if it's made right. It was absolutely delicious and quite flavorful. It had an amazing mozzerella bar with Nancy Silverton right behind the bar, which was amazing to see. The only downside is the menu which is tough to understand but the wait staff takes the time out to explain it to you. We sat by the bar which was fun. I placed my name with the Pizzeria and the Osteria side and host was nice enough to give me the choice of whichever side freed up for dinner. I totally recommend Mozza if you want good simple food done right.
04/25/2008Provided by Citysearch
Since I love Italian cuisine, I was very excited to go to Osteria Mozza with my husband. However, my disappointment started even before we got seated. We had a reservation for 9.30 but we were not seated until 10.15.... no one apologized. Anyway, once seated, we still had to wait at least 15 min to get bread and water. Our waiter was nice but was not very knowledgeable about the items on the menu (did not exactly know how the meat was prepared, did not know if the biscotti were made with almonds, etc.). The food was average: we got two antipasti (mozzarella di buffala + mussels) that were pretty good. Then, we ordered two beef dishes and I must say that the meat was not good: 1/3 of my beef piece was pure fat and the sauce was so strong that I could not taste the meat at all.
Overall, my husband and I were disappointed with Mozza, especially when we got the check of $115 (with no drinks!) There are much better (and more affordable!) italian restaurants in L.A
04/23/2008Provided by Citysearch
Well, the LA ""restaurant attitude"" is back in full force at Mozza. From the bartender to the bus boy we appeared to be inconveniencing everyone when we asked for a drink, bread or where our food was after waiting for an hour. We finally got up and left and never got to taste the food. I can appreciate kitchens getting backed up and food being delayed. However, I don't appreciate getting an attitude from the staff and not being told that they were backed up until we canceled our dinner and got up to leave. It's a shame because my trips to Mario's restaurants in NY had great service and food minus the poor restaurant experience.
04/14/2008Provided by Citysearch
On April 9th, four Angelinos dined at Osteria Mozza. It was our third time and not our best. Each time we go the service seems to be getting worse. It's the first time, EVER, that I have not left a tip. I am usually sympathetic to wait staff, having waited tables through college. The evening started off with us waiting about twenty five minutes for a table. It was a special evening, so I brought a bottle of Opus One. The Sommelier was lovely about it and gladly tended to us. Our waiter, Justin, seemed very put out to be waiting on us. Like he was doing us a favor. We had to ask for everything... forks, bread and if our appetizers were coming any time soon. He was really rude to my friend when she inquired about the difference in Grappas. The food has been constantly amazing but I don't think we'll be back any time soon. I've also been to Mario Battali's restaurants in N.Y. and Las Vegas were the service was excellent. Why can he train his wait staff in LA to give good service?
04/13/2008Provided by Citysearch
This is my favorite restaurant in L.A, hands down. From the service, to the food, and amazing wine it was a winner through and through. Make sure to try the Burratta off of the Mozzarella menu. It was sumptuous and the olive oil ice cream was a delightful surprise! I will be going there time and again. It can be pricey so we will be saving it for special occasions.
04/12/2008Provided by Citysearch
This was our second time there?I loved it the first time?
I went there a couple of weeks ago on a Friday night at 9pm with no reservations. We asked the hostess how long it would be to get a table for two and she stated an hour or less. We hung out at the bar until 10:30...they were finally ready to seat us but to our surprise, she walked use over to the mozzarella bar not an actual table. (She should have communicated this to us before we waited an hour and a half). Well we were starving at that point so we said okay (even though there were empty tables)...I don't know what the deal was but maybe they were getting ready to close so they didn't want any new customers sitting at the tables. We ordered our food and received the Mozzarella appetizer after AN HOUR...So at this time it was 11:30 and all we had was a plate of cheese...to make things short we had to cancel our entree....We left the place hungry and frustrated. Our server was too busy flirting with some girls so I think he forgot to put our order in.
Anyway the mozzarella dish and the bread were amazing but the service could use some flavor...Maybe they were having a bad night???? But we sure had to pay for it....
04/08/2008Provided by Citysearch
Let me get this straight. If your purse gets stolen at Whole Foods do they give you free groceries? If your purse gets stolen at Prada are the clothes free? I'm a big fan of Osteria Mozza, the food, service and atmosphere are amongst the best in Los Angeles. You left your belongings unattended in a city with one of the highest crime rates in the country. You are an idiot. Don't blame the restaurant. Blame yourself and your ""friends"" who let it happen. I hope you never go back to Mozza because that means it will be easier for me to get a reservation.
04/05/2008Provided by Citysearch
So I decided to treat myself to a nice dinner tonight and pulled out my list of restaurants I wanted to try. Given how close it was to my house on short notice, I made the brief trek out to Melrose. I'd called earlier and and was told it would be easy to find a place at the bar for one person and indeed it was. The host escorted me and the bartender was extremely helpful in going through the menu with me. I had some delicious orecchiette with sausage and swiss chard and a side of roasted potatoes. The service was outstanding with more than one server making sure I had what I needed. You'll need to make reservations in advance unless you want to sit at the bar and be sure to bring plenty of $$ for the meal but it's all worth it!
Well the evening started off rough. Our party of six included two food critics that arrived in LA for vacation. They thought they had made reservations through the events department but they dropped the ball and our friends had egg on their face. Luckily (so we thought) we were seated and began our three hour meal. It would have been more comfortable if we weren't crammed near the bus station/thoroughfare...we were bumped, poked, and nudged all night by the wait staff. As the evening came to end our guest noticed her purse wasn't on her chair. We searched frantically. It had cash, a camera, cell phone, and her wallet. The staff was less than cooperative with us. They did not want to ""cause a scene"", the begged us not to call the police but to go to the station and file a report. They did little more than lift the table cloth and check the hostess stand in their search. Members of the party decided to look around inside and out, but to no avail. The kicker is there was no compensation. They didn't offer to comp an entree or even a dessert. We spent a considerable amount of money; you think someone would have tried to ease her frustration by offering a little something. The unfortunate thing is we all enjoied our meals but we'll never go back. So if you're looking for a place to go that really doesn?t have their guest?s best interests at heart and wants to keep the facade of an elegant LA eatery try this joint and keep your purses close!! And PS the floor is SUPER slippery, one lady fell and I nearly did.
I seriously doubt any of my group will ever go back after what happened last night. We were sat in a busy walking traffic part of the restaurant (and this is AFTER making reservations). My elbows were continuously bumped, my chair was constantly ran in to. But, this isn't the worse part. A friend of mine who had just landed in LA hours before on her way to a vacation had her entire bag stolen right off her chair. The bag contained all important items for her vacation, cash, credit cards, PDA phone, camera, etc. It was impossible to tell when it happened since our chairs were constantly bumped by people. On top of this, the manager on duty continuously kept telling us that they were doing all of they could and ""could not have a scene"" so that the other patrons wouldn't know what happened. They really seemed less than accommodating. The unfortunate part about all of this is that my friend is a food critic and had high regards for the restaurant's dishes. If you still choose to go here, be very careful and watch your belongings at all times, whomever did this knew exactly what they were doing.
03/31/2008Provided by Citysearch
Mozza prides itself on being so cool that you can't even get in! And once you do they will make you wait an hour even if you have a reservation. SOOOOOOOOOO not worth it. You can eat upscale, overpriced Italian at many other fine restaurants in Los Angeles...no reason to drive to Highland for it!
03/14/2008Provided by Citysearch
the food was fabulous...BUT- it took 1 hour and 45 minutes to get our entre. fanncy schmancy menu with qual and pork items...no chicken dish in sight. if you got a few hours to spare , check it out.
Then this is your place. After suffering through the less than adequate reservation system, I was finally able to have dinner at MECCA for Italian food lovers. My party was promptly seated. The sommelier was great and not tooooooooo pushy trying to sell you a $600 bottle of wine. The $70 bottle that he recommended was amazing! The wait staff was great and attentive. The food..........i am speechless. Next time I go back, I will show up early and eat at the bar to avoid the reservation drama.
Thank God.....a place that finally lives up to the hype! Pain in the you know what to get a reservation, great and friendly staff, knowledgable sommelier, and the food is AMAZING!!!!!!
02/24/2008Provided by Citysearch
I have now been to Mozza Osteria three times, and they have consistently delivered wonderful fare with exceptional service. The mozzerala bar is great...try to order a few amongst the table and try several. The ricotta and egg ravioli in browned butter is delicious. The grilled beef tagliata is the best beef dish I've had in years.
01/23/2008Provided by YP.com
I went here with my friend for the firs time. I always wondered why people were always waiting outside just for a pizza. Everything was good and it wasn't expensive either!! I just found my new favorite pizza place :)
Upon arrival to Mozza we were immediatley seated..!! (that hasn't happened in L.A. in many years). This eatery is absolutely well run. From the hostess to the waitress/waiters to the busboys. Everything is timed perfectly. The service is superb. The food is fabulous. The pasta with ox tail was devine. So nice to dine at a perfect restaurant. The ambiance is lively and hip. It's busy but you wouldn't notice it considering the excellent level of service. We are definitely going back!!
I am a big fan of Pizzeria Mozza & spent last Friday looking forward to experiencing Osteria, having a night on the town, enjoying great food, & so on. The food was not great, and I was really surprised by how terrible the service was. We ordered drinks at the bar & it took over 20 minutes to get them. When we were seated w/our friends, one of us did not receive a menu -- I had to ask for one for her. (That's slack service!) And it took another 20 minutes for our friends to get their drinks (meanwhile, ours were warm). The bread thing is ridiculous (a bread waiter comes w/three types & asks you to choose from among them), just put a basket on the table with some butter or olive oil! And the bread is frankly not that great. From the mozzarella bar I ordered a salad-type thing w/lettuce, baby mozzarellas, salame -- it was WAY overdressed, WAY too much salame, cheese nothing special. My entree (seatrout) was just OK, in fact, I took one bite & just got it to take home for a work lunch (which I just finished, & it didn't get better) because it was so ordinary I lost my appetite. The $8.50 parking charge is LUDICROUS, I usually try to park on the street. So I'll go back to the Pizzeria, & maybe give the Osteria another chance if I'm feeling very flush (or if someone has an expense account they're including me in on). Maybe I mis-ordered .... but w/this much hype, there shouldn't be any off dishes, & the service should be much crisper. Much!
01/12/2008Provided by Citysearch
We decided to have the Crispy Pigs Trotter from the antipasti, the Scamorza Panino from the mozzarella bar, the Fresh Ricotta & Egg Raviolo AND the Orrechiette with Sausage & Swiss Chard from the Primi. We also ordered the side of Slow Cooked Broccoli. Much to our chagrin, our server insisted that we order everything at once.
The pig's trotter was good, but generally uninteresting. The batter could have been lighter to allow the trotters to shine a bit more. The Panino was fantastic. Rich and rich with spice, with creamy, melty cheese. The Orriechette and the slow cooked broccoli came next. The broccoli was an extremely pleasant surprise, loaded with complex, smoky flavor. The orriechette was one of the dishes I had heard about before coming in and did not disappoint. The sausage and the chard provided wonderful textures and melded spice and bitterness, and the breadcrumb topped at the table created that wonderful bit of crunch that created a perfect accent. In my opinion the Raviolo was the standout of our selections. One, very large raviolo is centered on the plate, filled with the freshest, creamiest ricotta and a soft egg yolk. The entire dish is finished with browned butter. It could have used a small amount of coarse sea salt, but was otherwise heavenly.
We accompanied the latter part of the meal with a wonderful, Italian, white wine that cut through the rich, spicy, smoky, savoriness with perfection. For the life of me I cannot recall the name of that wine...
For dessert we had the Olive Oil Gelato and the Greek Yogurt Gelato and a suggested selection of cheeses. The olive oil gelato was subtle and mild, with a creamy texture that was like Summer in my mouth.
The prices did not offend me at all. It is not cheap, but for a long, winding meal that lasts hours upon hours, excellent, attentive service without rushing it's quite a treat.
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- Central LA, Melrose, Central La, Central Hollywood, Greater Wilshire
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Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Fine Dining, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Above Average
Good for Kids: Yes