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Osteria Mozza

A Mario Batali restaurant in Los Angeles

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Osteria Mozza has amazing food but a little pricey.

  • Dec 29, 2008
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I'm a huge Mario Batali fan.  If you don't know who he is, he's one of the iron chefs on the Food Network show Iron Chef.  When I was dating my wife while she lived in New York, I would fly out there every few months and we'd eat like crazy.  While out there I had the opportunity to try two of his restaurants in New York, Lupa and BoBo.  Both of those restaurants are amazing.  The food at Lupa is very similar to the food at Osteria Mozza.  The food is a hearty italian style with rich pastas, a more every day man's food.  Not shi-shi by any means although the decor at Mozza is more upscale while Lupa is more of a bistro type atmosphere. Now if I were never exposed to Lupa I would think that Mozza was the best ever but because I've tried both I have something to compare it to.  There are a couple differences between Lupa and Mozza which are: 1) the service isn't as good at Mozza, this may be due to the fact that's it just LA 2) bread service, at Mozza they serve 3 different kinds of bread: white, wheat, and multi-grain and 3) the decor, Mozza being a bit nicer.  Here's the overall breakdown:

Food: Amazing!  Some of the best italian in LA.
Service: I give it a very good, Lupa has better service.
Decor: Really great for a special date or occasion.  High-end decor.
Crowd: Casual hip.
Price: Mozza is pricier than Lupa but still in the $120 range for 2 with a couple glasses of wine so it isn't bad.
Reservations: It's pretty easy to walk in to Lupa.  At Mozza you have to make reservations 30 days in advance for the primetime meal hours.  Otherwise, off hours aren't a problem with getting a table.

If you want to impress a date or celebrate a special occassion, this is a great option. Plus, you'll get to say that you've eaten at a Mario Batali restaurant.  He's an Iron Chef for a reason and this restaurant shows why.
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December 29, 2008
This is a great restaurant and if you are looking for a cheaper option, its sister restaurant, Pizzeria Mozza, is next door and serves the best pizzas I have ever had. I recommend the fennel sausage pizza and the wild mushroom pizza. Both of these restaurants were great additions to the LA food scene, I only wish that Melrose were easier to get to from the South Bay.
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review by . December 25, 2010
There's Chickenfoot, Cream, The Traveling Wilburys and Velvet Revolver. Now there's Osteria Mozza      http://www.mozza-la.com/osteria/about.cfm . This is the LA super group with Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton and Joseph Bastianich. From the day the restaurant opened at 6602 Melrose, it's been packed with both foodies and celebs alike (we saw one or two while we were there too. No, I'm not going to tell you), so I had to find out for myself.      …
review by . February 20, 2009
Amazing food, especially if you love assorted pork and cheese products. Service is somewhat terrible though. Definitely would go again.  
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I'm a socal native who grew up in the real OC. Went from OC to UCLA and became addicted to the internet. Now I reside in the westside, surf El Porto(crappo for some), and love all things drumming.
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Osteria Mozza
641 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 297-0101
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