Osteria Mozza!!!

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Giddy with anticipation (and my washington apple martini)!

It's no secret I'm a huge fan of Mario Batali, and I used to travel to NY to eat at his restaurants (and still do) - but I was supremely pleased when he partnered up with Nancy Silverton (a renowned chef in LA) to open up 2 LA locations - Pizzaria Mozza and Osteria Mozza - www.mozza-la.com.  Both are yummy and great for celebrity sightings (at the pizza place one night, we saw Jennifer Aniston, Jeanne Tripplehorn and some American Idol contestants; at osteria we saw Adam Levine from Maroon 5)... but back to the food!

Last night we dined at Osteria Mozza for the first time and I was giddy with anticipation.   Our reservations were quite late so I had to go to a happy hour for 2 hours and refrain from eating (very difficult task indeed)!  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 - but I really don't remember anything once the food started coming (it could have been the 2 cocktails and the bottle of wine - but no worries - i can still remember (almost) everything I tasted).  :)

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 - what caprese should be

- Crispy Pigs Trotter with cicoria & mustard  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  - i just have to say i love love love pasta!  and when pasta is done as wonderfully as this, I could eat it forever!  The orecchiette had lovely texture, and was wonderfully complimented by the brown butter, bread crumbs, sweet spicy sausage & chard .

A glimpse of the hub-bub in Osteria Mozza.
.. 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 - very cool display

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

I think there were others .

Our amuse bouche - cheese pinwheels with sundried tomatoes and some sort of vegetables - quite delicious and whetted our appetites for more!
.. but these were the ones I remembered!  :)

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 - for dark chocolate lovers - very intense, rich flavors

all in all - a heavenly meal with fabulous company!  what could be better? 

Check this place out if you get a chance - reservations are required and difficult to get (they only take them a month in advance), but some walk-ins are allowed at the bar but that usually requires a long wait.

Our wine - Tocai Fruili ... or something like that.

sybil says:
mmmmm.... mmmmmm... so yummmmy!!!!
Posted on: Sep 26, 2007
mellemel8 says:
isn't it yummy. i also did a review as well.
Posted on: Sep 26, 2007
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Giddy with anticipation (and my wa…
Giddy with anticipation (and my w…
A glimpse of the hub-bub in Osteri…
A glimpse of the hub-bub in Oster…
Our amuse bouche - cheese pinwheel…
Our amuse bouche - cheese pinwhee…
Our wine - Tocai Fruili ... or som…
Our wine - Tocai Fruili ... or so…
Burrata with bacon ... mmmm....
Burrata with bacon ... mmmm....
Grilled octopus ... double mmmm...
Grilled octopus ... double mmmm...
Orechiette with sausage - really q…
Orechiette with sausage - really …
The raviolo!
The raviolo!
Whole grilled fish - presented who…
Whole grilled fish - presented wh…
Our fish - deboned for our eating …
Our fish - deboned for our eating…
Our pork .... look at all that yum…
Our pork .... look at all that yu…
Bombolinis!  I just enjoy saying B…
Bombolinis! I just enjoy saying …
Chocolate heaven!
Chocolate heaven!
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