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...Batali/Silverton's pedigrees and perhaps the anticipation of eating truly fabulous Italian food. The cheese courses were very nice and somewhat original. The rest - oh please, don't get me started. I had linguine with clams...I swear, you eat better pasta at California Pizza Kitchen. Seriously. The wine list was very good and the sommelier who created it was very knowledgeable. Dessert was totally marginal - the most pedestrian chocolate ganache torte imaginable. The bread, which was NOT commensurate with La Brea Bakery quality, was served without olive oil; upon request, they brought some to the table. Again, very marginal. Nothing peppery, spicy, Sicilian or Ligurian, but just average Tuscan bland oil, like anything you can buy at Whole Foods Market.
My partners hated the music - it was kind of ""aging-male-in-ponytail"" 80s buzz - maybe Mario himself chose these tunes? Otherwise, the place is pretty, but I wouldn't go there for any semblance of elegance. 3 people, $350 plus tip. Osteria Angelini is about 100 times better and half the price. Go there instead. We won't return.
very disaponited. who not go back. food was terrible it seems like three or four tables were sending back their food as did we. Mario needs to get back in the kitchen and regroup. It took two months to get a reservation and the wait was not worth it. I had the grilled octopus there was to much going on and no ocotpus three small pieces, then I ordered the lamb shank that was dry I sent it back and tried the linguini with clams. This dish had so many ingredients that it took away from what it supposed to be linguini with clams. My wife had a dish called raviolo one ravioli about 2"" by 3"" in size for $18.00 that was her entre, needless to say she was starving after dinner. Another Italian resturant that all bark and no bite.
12/29/2007Provided by Citysearch
I've been using these restaurant reviews for a long time, so thought it was finally time to start posting some of my own as a responsible Angeleno. I disagree with the recent postings about bad service - our service was impeccable, and we were there on a busy Fri night. My water glass was constantly refilled, waiter was friendly and checked in with us throughout the evening to see how we were enjoying the food. I love the atmosphere - high ceilings, rock music, hustle and bustle without being overwhelming. It felt like a night OUT, which to me is always a plus. The tables are close together, yes, but everyone was in a festive mood as we checked out each other's plates and compared notes on the dishes we each chose. If you want a private date, this is not the right place for you.
As for the food...we wanted to taste a bunch of different things, so we ended up ordering way too much food. Huge thumbs up for the bufalo mozzarella with the 4 different accompaniments (pesto, red pepper, something spicy, tapenade). Buccatini with the artichoke was good as well, but preferred the bufalo. The egg/ricotta ravioli is divine. Order it, even if the raw egg puts you off. The linguini with the butter & pepper is ok - while very fresh, feel like it's something I could get at a lot of places. Loved the striped bass - tasty tomato sauce, and a good complement to all the pasta and cheese. Also loved the side of red peppers. Husband had the chocolate cake, which has almost a mocha taste. Perfect for a choc-a-holic.
Final thoughts: Loved our evening here, and would definitely go back. One of my favorite LA dining experiences.
12/28/2007Provided by Citysearch
We eat out almost 4 times a week and in the past 6 months we have been going to Osteria Mozza twice a week. The food is unbelievable, it literally takes you to another world. It is the only place in Los Angeles, where you forget everyone around you and just savor the food. The service is top notch. Every waiter is very familiar with all the dishes, how they are prepared, and the wine list. The octopus is to die for, the sausage pasta is as good as being in Italy, the mozzarella bar is the freshest we have ever tasted. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.... Everyone we have ever taken there agrees.
12/21/2007Provided by Citysearch
The food here is definitely good, but the horrible service and attitude of the staff overshadow the good food by a ton. I totally agree with the reviewer below that the manager's attitude is that each patron is lucky to be here and therefore doesn't deserve to be treated courteously, unless of course you happen to be a celebrity or studio executive, they will turn the place upside down to get you a table. It's almost impossible to get a reservation and not at all worth the trouble. We called to make a reservation and they told us to call back tomorrow b/c they only accept reservations a month in advance. So we called back the next day and they told us they were booked. How is that possible? After trying for months and finally getting in, they shoved us in the back room which had no atmosphere whatsoever. And in no way did the staff try to even check to see if there was a way they could move us. Nobody cared or made an effort. They just told us we could get up and wait an hour and half for another table to possibly open up. The big head of the manager and the unfriendliness and pretentiousness of the staff make this a place I will never go back to again. I'd rather get good food and good service at Spago or Mastros or somewhere. These are expensive fancy restaurants as well, but they don't have to be pretentious to be popular.
12/08/2007Provided by Citysearch
We were excited to go: a nice Italian, near to home, Batali - all good, from two ex NYers standpoint. So yes, the food was well executed - particularly good were the grilled octopus, mussels, and roast pork among the best we'd ever tasted. But service...oh dear oh dear, where to begin? Mediocre waitstaff, many people milling around, bread delivered 10 minutes later, without butter/oil, 40 minutes for the first appetizer (mozz and prosciutto, for goodness' sake, no cooking involved), lost of 'waitstaff' milling around, tables too close together, loud...at this price point one hopes to at least feel relaxed after a nice meal. It was good food, and maybe we'll go back, but in the absence of service improvement it's likely to fall off the roster for sheer service annoyance value. And that's too bad, because it should be better.
12/03/2007Provided by Citysearch
The food is absolutely , undeniably terrible! It turns out Batali & Nancy do not make a good team. I have eaten at Batali's places all over NY and am just dumbstruck by how horrible the food is here? It truly does taste like a cross between a baker & an Italian. Heavy noodles with badly constructed sauces. Horrible salads and 1 edible mozzarella out of all those choices. Snooty staff too. Only good things were the bread (stick to that N.) and the deserts (how do you screw up a doughnut though.) There hasn't been such an overrated restaurant since Craft opened here. Talk about NY restaurants/chefs not translating well at all. ps. the reviews in local paper & mags are wrong-they probably haven't eaten anywhere outside this city/let alone this country. If you want a good Italian meal go to Giorgio Baldi's, its the best I found here so far.
11/26/2007Provided by Citysearch
They must have taken some of those ""bad management"" reviews to heart. We went November 12th and had the best service I've seen anywhere in a long time. We never once had to raise our hands for attention, but our waiter, James, was there whenever we needed him and spent as much time with us as we wanted and never seemed in a hurry. He talked me into the Grilled Octopus appetizer and I was SO glad he did. Truly delicious - NOT chewy or fishy as I had feared. My vegetarian, restaurant owning, companions had the Burre Artichoke, which was also excellent. Then they had the Goat Cheese Ravioli in Butter Onion Sauce and the signature Egg Raviolo. They raved about both dishes, but I didn't taste them because I was too enraptured with my Orechiette with Sausage and Chard. The pasta was perfectly al dente and the chard added just a bare green balance to the richness of the sausage and the crunchy breadcrumbs. YUM! We were full without even ordering entrees. We had a very inexpensive, but delicious wine. I don't know how much the bill was because I wasn't paying, but the prices on the menu seemed not at all out of line with the quality of the experience. The evening was even more fun because the adorable Emmy-winning Leslie Jordan was at the next table and stopped by to chat a minute. Our only disappointment was that they leave your doggie bag at the front desk for you to pick up on the way out. If you forget it, you'll be SO mad at yourself later. I will definitely go back next time I'm in Los Angeles.
11/19/2007Provided by Citysearch
We had a 6:15 reservation but we were stuck in LA traffic on a Saturday and arrived 30 minutes late, we did call ahead, and there were no problems holding our reservation. The couple next to us had some delay with their order so the kitchen sent them a pasta dish on the house. Most of the wines are either bottle or 250ML (~2 glasses) I declined the second installment do to driving isues and the waiter brought me a single glass on the house. Every dish was quite good. I was happy with the service and the food. It ranks up with Providence in LA
Worst Italian in the city (which is not surprizing since the chef, Matt Modina, worked at where for the past several years?, Campanile, not exactly Italian). Our groups experiance might have been better if Nancy Silverton wasn't so loyal to her past employee's and would hire a competent head chef and manager. The manager was hardly available and even rude when we asked when our entree's would arrive. The food overall was not terrible but hardly something you call true Italian. Swimming food in butter will not make it taste better. We would have saved at least a hundred dollars or more and our taste buds if I had just gone to the more delicious, authentic and always inviting Angelini Osteria or Vincente. The table for 4 would have been better suited for two. Don't get me started on the Valet. Do not be fooled into going to this restarant by Irene R. from the LA times who will most likely say its the best Italian restaurant in the city. She is very close to Nancy and I would be extremely surprized if she gave an honest review.That being said the Mozerella bar was the shining star in the restaurant. Very fresh and different.
As someone who as dined at all of Mario's restaurants in New York many, many times I was so excited to have a Mario restarant in my home turf of Los Angeles. Wow- was I blown away, and NOT in a good way. First of all there was a major attitude problem from the manager and staff and not in a cool New York funny way, a bad you are lucky to be here way. After we squashed ourselves into our so called table, (I had a bigger table last month at Orso) and ordered our food, we were shocked at how unrefined everything was. The mozerella was wonderful but, with a little insider information, I am sure I could have found them somewhere in LA on my own. The pasta sauce had a canned tomato paste taste and the shortribs were edible but not impressive. The worst was dessert. Do they even have a pastry chef? Why couldn't Mario bring that wonderful maple cheesecake from Babbo to Mozza, then at least I would have enjoyed something. I spent over $200 for nothing but a bland dinner, bad attitude and a 30 min. wait for my car. Nancy should stick to Bread and Mario to New York.
11/06/2007Provided by Citysearch
Went to Osteria Mozza a couple of weeks ago and was pretty excited bc I love Mozza next door. I was expecting great food and a large bill to follow based on the newspaper reviews and press. I don't mind paying a small fortune for an amazing meal but bascially the food at Osteria Mozza was not worth the money. The space was crowded and loud but you could still talk and make conversation. Overall, the Service was fine but very slow. There were two of us (total bill was around $275) and we each ordered an appetizer, split a mozzerella order, a primi (pasta dish), entree and split a dessert and two drinks each. The appetizers were just average (dates and octopus) - I was expecting more based on the price. The mozzarella bar is pretty spectacular and worth the money - great selection and really unique plates. Pasta was cooked to perfection but the sauces were pretty bland and tasteless which made the whole dish flavorless - again not worth the money. For entrees (lamb and fish) the dishes were cooked fine and were very good but not great. Dessert was horrible (blackberry tart) and tasted store bought. Wine list is excellent and can be overwhelming - make sure you know your Italian wine country areas to make the selection easier. Bascially, when I walk out of a restaurant having spent close to $300 dollars, I want it to be a memorable experience which Osteria Mozza was not. My friend felt the same way. I am happy I tried it but I do not plan on going back. Stick to Mozza next door or if you have to go sit at the bar and order mozzarella and some good wine.
10/31/2007Provided by Citysearch
This place is a joke from A to Z.
The food is horrible, they like to call tomato sauce a mix of tomato paste and a puree of tomato. I had grilled octopus that tasted like turkey sausage.
The decor resamble a refind Cheese Cake Factory, the music is the most absurd of all. Roc n roll blasting ?
I don' t get it, I guess I never will !!!
10/28/2007Provided by Citysearch
For starters, waited over a half hour, even with a reservation. Then, we had to order EVERYTHING we were having all at once, the waitress couldn't take our first course order and come back for our entree order. It was explained to us that this ""makes things easier for the kitchen."" Well, that's nice for them. Except for one pasta dish, the starters were average, and the 2nd courses were all disappointing. The service was bad, and the attitude of the entire place is ""you're so lucky to be here."" For this kind of money, go to Ortolan, where the food is amazing, and the staff is actually NICE to you, as if say, you were dining in a fancy restaurant.
10/14/2007Provided by Citysearch
Having many wonderful dinners at Campenile and expecting a similar dining experience. I was wrong. The service was great.
Amazing grilled octopus. Amazing. Everything else left a little to be desired. The mozzarella bar is unique and the atmosphere is a little noisy. I had the seafood linguini and ahhh.... it was ok. Look, I don't know who was in the kitchen that night, but I know it wasn't Batali nor Silverton.
And it's expensive.
10/10/2007Provided by Citysearch
4 Italians and we had to ask ?what is this? on the menu. Server was well trained in describing the dishes but even at the teeny tiny 4 tops the restaurant is too loud to hear her. So it took forever because she had to tell us 2 at a time. The mozzarella menu is the best thing there we would have tasted them all but the table is too small to order them all. Entree?s are very small for men. We would have noticed this if we were not required to order everything at the same time. Bossy Chef I guess. They told us the gnocchi was a small portion and it was a good size for me but if you don?t add the grated cheese there was no taste to the sauce. Don?t bother with desert, it?s clear there is not pastry chef, if there is one he should be fired they were bad. Tart was over cooked, chocolate cake was like a chunk of bad fudge.
Don?t confuse new and trendy with good food. We wouldn?t bother going back.
10/06/2007Provided by Citysearch
OMG! We thought the evening was to inspire us for our upcoming trip to Italy. Well, that didn?t happen! We don?t need to go to Italy any more. Italy has finally arrived in LA. Originality, perfect portion (to share for 2), exquisite wine list (at first were a bit skeptical only Italian wines available), excellent service (by Dan), great music and ambience (albeit looks like a catalog page of Restoration Hardware), sight of Nancy in her blue smock, and the smiles of the satisfied patrons. Must haves: Octopus, Figs, Burrata with bacon, Oxtail tagliatelle, Olive oil cakes and Bombolini. Pair / share the carafe serving portion wine with each and get ready for flavors to expand in your palate. Bring your best friend and you are in heaven. People say it?s expensive, but I say it is absolutely the best value paring menu in town!!
10/05/2007Provided by Citysearch
We were pretty disappointed in Osteria Mozza overall. It is insanely crowded and the waiters/bartenders have way too many tables, resulting in slow/no service. Everyone was nice, just harried. The mozzarella bar items our table tried were all delicious, but the entrees left much to be desired. The short ribs were pretty good, but not outstanding. The pasta was actively gross. We sent one back as Chef Boyardee could do better and the second wasn't much of an improvement. I wouldn't recommend - stick to the pizza next door.
09/27/2007Provided by Citysearch
We recently dined at Osteria Mozza for the first time and I was giddy with anticipation. When we arrived, we had a short wait while they set up our table so we had time to appreciate the typical warm, coziness of a batali restaurant immersed in a buzz of activity. Our server (Chris?) was charming, friendly and helpful.
Our group began with a selection of appetizers: Grilled Octopus with potatoes, celery & lemon - wonderfully tender, plump morsels of octopus, lightly seasoned - yum! Burrata with bacon, marinated escarole & caramelized shallots - the burrata was amazingly creamy and the bacon smoky and sweet - delicious! Caprese with bufala bocconcini, cherry tomatoes & Genovese basil - fresh, sweet, creamy with a touch of tang. Crispy Pigs Trotter with cicoria & mustard - interesting flavor and great texture, but a bit too salty for me. Then for our primi: Orecchiette with sausage & Swiss chard... soooo good! Fresh Ricotta & Egg Raviolo with browned butter - I admit I didn't taste this but my friends loved it - it's essentially one huge ravioli stuffed with cheese and an egg. Then for our secondi: Grilled Whole Orata wrapped in fig leaf with olio nuovo - fish was tender, light and fresh. Roasted Pork Arista, fennel & onion agrodolce with cranberry beans - wonderfully fatty and flavorful and tender pork. Beef Brasato with polenta & horseradish gremolata - melt in your mouth tender slices of beef. Finally - desserts! Bombolini with lemon mascarpone & raspberry sorbetto - little fried donuts dusted with sugar and served with tart sorbet - delightful little treats! Cioccolato bittersweet chocolate cake & perugian chocolates - very intense, rich flavors. All in all - a heavenly meal with fabulous company! what could be better? For my whole blog with pictures - check out travbuddy under user name ""martinkitty13"".
09/22/2007Provided by Citysearch
Okay, this is a tiny little place, almost hard to find, but worth it. I thought the food looked and tasted excellent. I had a tiny problem with my steak being rare instead of medium rare, and the server whisked it away with a sincere apology, and after about 10 minutes, brough me a new steak, cooked correctly. I undrestand mistakes, and was as positive as I could be thoughout the process and left very happy and full.
The tables are squished together, so plan on meeting your immediate neighbors.
The prices were just right for the quality and quantity of food.
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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