Los Angeles, CA 90038
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.
Tips from foursquare
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
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.
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.
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.
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