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La Buca

Map & Directions 5210 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
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323-462-1900
  • European, Italian
  • Sun 5pm-10pm, Tue-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Tue-Thu 5:30pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, cash, ATM/Debit
  • Catering, Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
  • Street Parking

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LA Weekly's Description

After years of squeezing in like drupelets for a taste of "Mamma's" homemade gnocchi, burrata with vegetables, and trenette al pesto, the dining room at La Buca, the beloved pasta-intensive commissary down the street from Paramount, is at last bigger than the inside of a minivan - a soaring, wood-paneled space with wine-bottle chandeliers, picture windows looking out onto Melrose, and a peculiar glassed-in aerie above the bar that may eventually function either as a VIP room or as the observatory of a CAA panopticon. The menu is still a bastion of new-generation Italian comfort food: smoky pappardelle flavored with scamorza cheese, spinach-stuffed ravioli with butter and sage, and tiramisu for dessert.

 
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  • Showtime Network on 06/18/10

    It’s hard to find good Italian food, but look no farther. Mama is in the back, and her boys in the front. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. - Tracy

  • Los Angeles Times on 07/12/10

    Pappardelle fumé is handmade inch-and-a-half-wide noodles in a tomato cream sauce enriched with smoked mozzarella and bacon. It's really filling, but worth every calorie.

  • AskMen on 04/08/11

    The restaurant’s reopening April 6 after having been closed for renovations, and there will also be a new chef on duty, Jason Neroni (Spago, Porchetto). Make your reservations now.

  • Gaia D. on 06/07/11

    The apps, gnocchi, salads and pizza are great. A glass of Barbera is always a solid complement to an Italian meal. Stay away from the creative ravioli creations.

  • Fabricio V. on 01/24/10

    I came to this place to see if the gnoquis were what people claim. The only potato gnoquis in LA for what I know. Well done. Place and food reminded me of Argentina a lot! Great ambiance

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  • Photo by Anne Fishbein LA BUCA IS A TINY NEW ITALIAN CAFÉ ON MELROSE, JUST EAST OF the studios. And I mean tiny. It is, as named, a box -- about as... More on La Buca »

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