I’ve always been under the impression that Mario Batali was the best actual chef of those silly TV/celebrity chefs. Maybe it’s because he looks like a chef. Maybe it’s because I love Italian food. Or maybe it’s because the other chefs are basically cooking barefoot in their kitchen for their neighbors while Batali’s restaurants have actually earned him a Michelin star. Whatever the reason, Osteria Mozza has been on my Los Angeles radar for a long time.
We got the pasta tasting menu because why have one pasta when you can have, like, six? While overall I’d say the pasta itself was cooked perfectly, almost every dish was slightly over-salted. Plus, no matter how hard somebody tries to dress it up, at the end of the day you’re basically just eating flattened dough and sauce. Osteria Mozza is definitely delicious on the pasta scale, but it can only go so high on the overall food scale. Unlike me on an actual scale. I can go as high as I can dream! Now where’d I leave that bucket of bacon-stuffed ice cream?
Grilled Octopus (with potatoes, celery & lemon) $22
Pasta Tasting Menu $69
Farfalle (with funghi misti e noci)
Cappelletti di Vitello (burro e salvia)
Garganelli Verdi (with ragu Bolognese)
Francobolli di Brasato (with Di Napoli/Bianco passata di pomodoro)
Pici (with duck ragu)
Fritelle di Riso (with banana gelato & Nocello raisins)
6602 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038