Monday, January 11, 2010

Highlight #273: Rushed LA - Restaurant: Osteria Mozza

I am always rushed in LA. After three trips, I have only seen snap shots of the city. But I always ate well. At the last minute, my dining companions scored a late reservation at Osteria Mozza, where we found Nancy Silverton happily dishing out fresh mozzarella behind the marble mozzarella bar.

Naturally we got some. The fresh burrata with bacon to be exact. I am sure you can already tell from the photo this bundle of joy's supreme creaminess. Silverton's bread also cannot be beat.

Pastas were wonderful. The calf brain ravioli was really stellar and was left mostly to me since the other had some issues with the heady matter.

Everyone loved the orecchiette with sausage and swiss chard. The very meaty sausage flavor left quite an impression.

Pillowy gnocchi with wild boar ragu.

The guy who scored the reservation insisted that we must try the porcini-rubbed rib eye bistecca. Apparently it's his favorite steak in the whole world.

Awesomely pink in the middle. Buttery but still a bit chewy. The meat textually is not the most delicate I've had, but very enjoyable as a large steak when too much marbling in every mouthful would be simply too much. Where this steak really excel is in the earthy yet slightly sweat rub. It left one salivating long after the stomach was full.

The stuffed quail, while not getting as much attention as the steak, was wonderfully flavorful in its own right.

Osteria Mozza
6602 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 297-0100

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