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Osteria Mozza

Map & Directions 6602 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
  • Italian
  • Sun 5pm-10pm, Mon-Fri 5:30pm-11pm, Sat 5pm-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Private Party
  • Dinner, Late Night
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
  • Valet Parking


LA Weekly's Description

Nancy Silverton is the most dogged of chefs, dedicated to perfecting the most elemental of foods through sheer strength of will. Almost anybody who has tasted what she has wrought in the media of bread, pastry, cheese or pizza can attest to the power of her obsessions. And at the Osteria, a sleek, bustling restaurant in the same building as her Pizzeria Mozza, the intensity of the restaurant's cuisine radiates from the mozzarella bar at its heart, a loose take on the mozzarella-intensive wine bar Obika near the Pantheon in central Rome, and a testament to the vitality to be drawn from a single ingredient whose freshness and provenance are so crucial - imagine a great sushi chef who has chosen to work with mozzarella instead of fish. Really, you have never tasted such cheese. But a fine restaurant is of course more than just cheese, and Osteria Mozza also synthesizes Silverton's roots in the area of Umbria where she has her summer home, and the current Emilia-Romagna fixations of Matt Molina, a young San Gabriel native who is her chef, as well as the polish from partners Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali and wine czar David Rosoff. The the braised guinea fowl and the spoon-tender pork roast inspired by rural Umbrian trattorias share menu space with meat-sauced fresh garganelli and tortellini en brodo from the homeliest kitchens in Bologna; the sashimi-like constructions of fresh mozzarella co-exist with the simplest possible rendition of linguine cacio e pepe, which resonates with the heat and fragrance of freshly ground pepper. (The standard disclaimer applies: Nancy is a family friend and she co-wrote a book with my wife. You are free to discount any of my opinions, as foolish as you would be to do so.) Osteria Mozza is pretty extraordinary now, but what is even more exciting is the restaurant that I suspect it will evolve into over the next several years.

Member Reviews

  • dishing wrote a review for Osteria Mozza
    on 09/07/10

    Osteria Mozza is delicious. It's fun to see Nancy Silverton working here. If you love cheese, you could just go eat a zillion plates of cheese.

  • cherbert17 wrote a review for Osteria Mozza
    on 06/25/10

    smoked mozzarella = AMAZING

  • spanknyce wrote a review for Osteria Mozza
    on 05/06/10

    Yummie I like the restaurant, NOT the pizza joint. Pizza place has good apps. The restaurant is GREAT all around. I recently figured out the best way to order here - pick a bunch of different pasta dishes and split the plates with whoever you are there with. The restaurant has no problem doing that. The more people you go with the more pastas you get to try. It's the way to fly,... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • People on 08/24/10

    If you're lactose intolerant, fuhgeddaboutit! Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali's high-end eatery serves over 15 kinds of mozzarella. Want casual? Check out the pizzeria next door, open 'til midnight.

  • Bravo on 11/18/10

    Nancy Silverton & Mario Batali know how to make a good panini. -Kathy Griffin, Life On The D-List

  • LA Weekly on 12/29/10

    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

  • Mazda on 12/06/10

    Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich meld their prodigious talents to bring Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza to the heart of Los Angeles.

  • LA Weekly on 10/04/11

    Osteria Mozza, a sleek, bustling restaurant in the same building as Pizzeria Mozza, is pretty extraordinary now, but what is even more exciting is the restaurant it will evolve into in several years!

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