After a wonderful seven week vacation that began in late June and ended in August 2010 it was time to say goodbye and get back to reality. With all my luggage in the car, my cousin Sidney and his wife Mary brought me to Osteria Mozza for my last meal before going to the airport.
Osteria Mozza is owned by Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich. With names likes that behind this restaurant I had very high expectations.
The specialty of Osteria Mozza was burata or an Italian cheese made from fresh mozzarella cheese and cream. The burata was very soft, creamy and bland that’s why it’s usually served with strong flavored ingredients.
asparagus burata $16
Sidney’s favorite was the cold squid ink pasta with Dungeness crab, sea urchin and jalapeno. It was really unique and an acquired taste. I think I would have enjoyed it more it was warm.
squid ink chitarra freddi $19
The gnocchi with tender and flavorful duck ragu and tagliatelle with ox tail ragu (no picture) were yummy too but more ordinary. Everything we ordered was from the primi or first course menu. We never made it to the main courses.
gnocchi duck ragu $19
Even though we skipped the secondi menu we could never ignore the dolci or dessert menu. Of the three desserts we ordered the best was the little rosemary olive oil cakes bursting with flavor. The olive oil gelato & rosemary brittle complemented the cakes wonderfully.
rosemary olive oil cakes $11
I couldn’t ask for a better farewell dinner. Thanks to Sid, Mary and all my cousins and friends from the west to the east coast who wined and dined me to the hilt. As the former governor of California once said, “I will be back!”
6602 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, Ca 90038
telephone: (323) 297-0100