Osteria Mozza

2011

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Best Italian

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2013

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2014

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Price: 
4
Rating: 
9.30
Cuisine: 
Italian
Hours: 
Mon–Fri: 5:30 PM–11:00 PM Sat: 5:00 PM–11:00 PM Sun: 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
6602 Melrose Ave (at Highland Ave)
Los Angeles 90038
(323) 297-0100
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Osteria Mozza is a really good restaurant. And no wonder, right? It only represents the teaming up of Nancy Silverton (whose La Brea Bakery changed the game for artisanal bread in America) and New York-based Italian-food moguls Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich in a lively L.A. setting. There’s a mozzarella bar with some dozen options, including stracciatella, burricotta, burrata, smoked bufala, and mozzarella en panna; a menu that includes fantastic (and sometimes unusual) pasta (goat cheese ravioli with "five lilies," meaning five members of the allium family); fiorentini with tomatoes, guanciale, and pickled Fresno chiles; and squid ink chitarra freddi with Dungeness crab, sea urchin, and jalapeños), and main dishes ranging from grilled quail wrapped in pancetta with honey and sage to porcini-rubbed rib-eye bistecca. Is it unfair to give a fine-dining restaurant points for being fewer than 10 blocks from L.A.’s classic hot dog stand, Pink’s — not that you're likely to be hungry for a wiener after a meal here.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015