I've been dying to go here ever since it opened and finally got the chance yesterday for my birthday dinner courtesy of my man.
Well, after reading all the glowing reviews, I was super excited to try Osteria Mozza, but was disappointed. It really wasn't a 4 or 5 star experience for us.
We made reservations the same day for 8:30 pm and didn't have any trouble at all getting a table. The place was packed when we arrived, but the hostess seated us immediately.
I liked the interior with the high ceilings, dark lighting and moody vibe. It reminded me of New York, which is a plus in my book.
Our waitress was polite and did good, but the food was nothing special.
Amuse Bouche: Crostini w/ olive tapenade and mozzarella topped off with basil. OMG. Olive tapenade was way too strong and strong. I had to remove it. Cheese and basil tasted good.
Grilled octopus with celery, potatoes and lemon: this was the appetizer everyone raved about. Out of the 3 dishes we ordered, this was our favorite. But, it didn't knock my socks off. They overdid the lemon and all I could really taste was sourness. The octopus was grilled nicely and had good texture, but it was sour as hell. Celery and potatoes gave it an interesting flavor, however, they were overpowered by the lemon as well.
Orrechiette with sausage and swiss chard: OMG. This pasta was so damn salty, I could not eat it. I tried to finish it as it was such a small portion, but alas, no way. My taste buds were on fire, but a salt fire! My man couldn't eat it either. BLAH. And where was the swiss chard? I didn't see it nor taste it. Sausage was alright, but I had a few overly chewy pieces. Skip this dish.
Maltagliati with wild boar ragu: Better tasting dish than my Orrechiette. The portion was TINY. It was almost laughable, but whatever. I guess that's why they call it Primi. However, at $18 I expect more than 4 bites on a plate. Eh. Not worth it for the price.
We also had a glass of Proseco each and it was good, but $15 each! Oh wells.
cheers- happy birthday to me
I much prefer Pizzeria Mozza next door, as the food and prices there are way better than Osteria.
Dinner for 2 was $92. I would much rather have spent that elsewhere.
Celebrity sighting - Mark Dacascos from Iron Chef America dining with a group of peeps. I wanted to take a pic with him but didn't want to interrupt..
641 N. Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036