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I got my Osteria Mozza reservation!

Woolsey Jul 12, 2007 10:30 AM

I called a little before 10:00 A.M. - actually, my first call was after 9:45, and it went through to Pizzeria Mozza's voicemail after a long series of rings - and got through. It was rough because the lines were really busy. I'm sure a lot of you on this board were doing the same thing this morning.

Anyway, it was tough negotiating a time. The restaurant is fully booked tomorrow. There's nothing until the wee hours Saturday. It's closed on Sundays. It's apparently not open for lunch. Finally I got an early dinner reservation a week from Sunday (July 21) for six. (After all my proselytizing, a lot of friends want to see what the fuss is about.) I'm excited! I shouldn't be so giddy about a restaurant reservation, but I am. I feel like I won a prize. That's kind of sad, isn't it? But I guess that's part of what makes people want to go to these hyped places...

  1. CarlieInLA Jul 12, 2007 10:42 AM

    Is there a menu posted somewhere?

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    1. re: CarlieInLA
      katkoupai Jul 12, 2007 10:46 AM

      Here's the website:

      http://www.mozza-la.com/

      I didn't see a menu for the Osteria, but I did see one for the Pizzeria.

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        markabauman Jul 12, 2007 10:52 AM

        We went to Mozza last week on a visit from NY. I'm usually a little leary of the trendy, latest and greatest scene places, but this was great-everything about it-food, wine, service, etc. A little noisy. We did notice that although we made our reservation exactly a month ahead- there were a few walk-ins who did get seated- maybe at the bar, or if they just got lucky (we were there a little later on Thursday for a late lunch). Probably wouldn't do that unless I lived really locally or had a Plan B, but a few lucky people got seated without reservations with a bit of a wait. Enjoy!

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          love2eat Jul 12, 2007 01:17 PM

          I believe the original poster is referring to Osteria Mozza which is set to open tomorrow as opposed to the pizzeria next door. I'm sure reservations will be mandatory for the osteria for the next five years.

          1. re: love2eat
            Woolsey Jul 12, 2007 02:20 PM

            Yes, Osteria Mozza, not the Pizzeria.

            And, to add to the overkill, I'm having lunch at Pizzeria Mozza tomorrow, so I'll try to survey the madness next door...

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      strangeeffect Jul 12, 2007 10:48 AM

      I just got through and made one for Saturday, August 11 at 8:00 PM. Couldn't believe I could get a Saturday at 8 for 4, but very happy.

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        elainew Jul 12, 2007 10:49 AM

        what number did you call? I just get a busy signal at 323 297-0100. I finally got through, they all booked for this Sat. But I made a reservation for next weekend.

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          carter Jul 12, 2007 11:04 AM

          Hit the redial, I got through with only about 5 rings less than 5 minutes ago, meaning 11a.m. Got a good ressy for Sat. August 4, so quality times are still available.

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            carter Jul 13, 2007 05:12 PM

            eaterLA.com confirmed that ALL reservations were taken for the first month, yet every day they take reservations for the next day, meaning on the 15th of July they will take ressies for August 15, and it becomes a day to day issue.
            However, make one for the Pizzeria, go to the Osteria ahead of your Pizzeria reservation and see if they might have gotten a cancellation. If not, enjoy the Pizzeria.
            http://la.eater.com/archives/2007/07/...

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            Obessed Jul 12, 2007 11:09 AM

            I got through also - within about 5 minutes...got a reservation for this Monday at 7:30. But I wonder if I should wait a few weeks to go...seems like many restaurants are still working out the kinks in the beginning. Any thoughts?

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              meganinlosfeliz Jul 12, 2007 11:13 AM

              Normally, I would definitely agree. However, I found Pizzeria Mozza to be better the first week it opened than it has been since then. Not sure if Osteria Mozza will follow suit and come out of the gate strong though. Btw, I'm going Aug 4 and got in at 8 PM. Carter, looks like I will see you there!

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                cyberroo Jul 12, 2007 11:53 AM

                Hey, if you want to trade, I wanted Monday, but was too late. I have a 7pm on the 24th.

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                  Obessed Jul 12, 2007 01:41 PM

                  Well, I picked Monday cause my mom will be town and I thought it would be fun to treat her to a "trendy" LA experience.

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                    Obessed Jul 13, 2007 07:51 AM

                    Hey CYBERROO --- I can't go on Monday anymore so let me know if you want to trade before I cancel...in the meantime, I made a new reservation for August 7 (that was the next reservation they had available when I called yesterday evening to switch it).

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                      cyberroo Jul 13, 2007 09:24 AM

                      Do you have 2 or 4? I really need 4 - I have the same problem you do, family in town! I'd be happy to give you my reservation for the 24th, if you wanted it.

                      You can email me if you prefer - amandafood at gmail

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                  jacinthe Jul 12, 2007 11:14 AM

                  Got through around 11am also after about half an hour of busy signals... there are still quite a few weekend times available (I initially asked for the 27th, and was able to get 8pm seats, but forgot I already had reservations then [for Craft!], so moved it to the following Tuesday.) I'm excited, even though I think this was the only time I've ever had to go through such a process to make reservations.

                  1. scurvy Jul 12, 2007 11:23 AM

                    Managed to get through as well...only had to hit redial about 20 times! Very excited to go there for anniversary in a couple of weeks. Please report back!

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                      Burnt Lumpia Jul 12, 2007 11:43 AM

                      Woohoo! Just got a reservation for July 30! Anyone know if there will be a tasting menu of any sort?

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                        fooddude37 Jul 12, 2007 11:48 AM

                        there will be eventually, yes, but not anytime near the opening.

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                        Diana Jul 12, 2007 12:10 PM

                        I'll wait untill I hear a review. If it's good, it'll be worth a wait.

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                          kellydeez Jul 12, 2007 12:16 PM

                          Hey! Just called and got my reservation for the 28th. Saturday night. Can't wait!!

                        2. wilafur Jul 12, 2007 01:12 PM

                          awesome. snagged an early dinner at osteria mozza on 8/11 for 6 at 6:30pm. woot!

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                            Frank_Santa_Monica Jul 12, 2007 02:38 PM

                            Just got a 4 top for Tues 7/24 @ 7:30 PM. I hope they have good desserts.

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                              Burger Boy Jul 12, 2007 03:43 PM

                              July 21st is a Saturday, you better verify your reservation!

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                                Woolsey Jul 12, 2007 03:46 PM

                                Whoops, too late to edit. It is a Saturday - July 21 - when we're going. I'm too happy with anticipation to know Saturday from Sunday...

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                                alison Jul 13, 2007 12:09 AM

                                I just got back from the investor dinner.
                                It's really good !!!!
                                They have the olive oil gelato-for those who have been to Otto-you know what that means !!!

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                                1. re: alison
                                  omotosando Jul 13, 2007 08:37 AM

                                  What does olive oil gelato taste like? I'm going tomorrow night. I swore off desserts, but I may need to make an exception.

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                                    Servorg Jul 13, 2007 08:44 AM

                                    Slippery chicken

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                                      budlit Jul 13, 2007 10:24 AM

                                      hahaha ...too funny! It's really good, I've made it at home, from the recipe in the Babo cookbook, as well as at Otto w/ maldon salt & tiny sweet tomatoes and a drizzle of fruity o.o.

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                                      alison Jul 13, 2007 09:51 AM

                                      It's sooo good, served w/ tiny little olive oil& rosemary cakes,kind of canale shaped.

                                      Save some room for dessert-other highlights were bomboli (mini beignets) w/ a rasberry gelato..

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                                        Frank_Santa_Monica Jul 13, 2007 10:30 AM

                                        This is a dessert? Are you kidding me? Sounds like an app.

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                                          therealbigtasty Jul 13, 2007 07:25 PM

                                          Olive Oil gelato is delicious.

                                          It's a great dessert food and Pizzeria Mozza served it for some time.

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                                    LisaStitch Jul 13, 2007 04:57 PM

                                    I was so late to this... I just called to try to make a reservation for 2 for any day after 7pm, and they said they are all booked up. They have a policy that you can only make reservations one month in advance (so he said I could call back tomorrow, 7/14, to try to make a reservation for 8/14).

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                                      Triage Jul 20, 2007 10:19 PM

                                      So, I went on Friday night. Overall and to the point, a huge waste of time, money and a crushing disappointment. Keep in mind that I could eat at Pizzeria Mozza everynite and I loved Babbo in NY. The restaurant is beyond noisy so much so that i could not even conduct a conversation with the person across from me. The wine by the glass or 250 ML prices are obscene. Appetizer portion and price is unacceptable. Orrata fish comes with nothing. Of course you can order a side of veggies but there another charge and another and another. Lamb chops were 50% fat. Olive Oil dessert was good is you don't mind 12 dollars for essentially a small dollop of gelato. I know that there has been huge excitement about this restaurant but get a grip Los Angeles . I realize that this is supposed to be the coronation of Los angeles next great restaurant. There is nothing special happening here. Service was OK to good. Well maybe one thing, you get to also pay $7.50 to park. Get ready to spend big bucks. Once was more than enough for me. never again. In fact I love to go to small claims court to try and get my money back. I am truly pissed off

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                                        katkoupai Jul 20, 2007 10:23 PM

                                        I was pretty certain that I would skip this place to begin with. Thanks for the honest review. :)

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                                          Triage Jul 21, 2007 09:58 AM

                                          Please keep in mind, everyone should decide for themselves and not rely on a customer review. I am sure that are many good dishes on the menu. No doubt my review will be one of the few negative ones. I did so much want to love this place so that I could justify the expense. I am truly sorry to say that I cannot. I would have loved to return. On the other hand, after eating at the Pizzeria Mozza once, I could not stop thinking about the food and have returned many, many times.

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                                          love2eat Jul 21, 2007 02:56 AM

                                          I don't think I was angry as you but for me it was a complete waste of money as well. Looks like we ordered the same...I got the lamb chops, olive oil geloto, etc. It was all good but completely overpriced for the portion. Love the pizzeria...won't be returning to the osteria.

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                                            Triage Jul 21, 2007 09:49 AM

                                            Apologies for my tone. I had just returned from the "experience". Let me add to the above. The service was OK to good. We were showed to our table immediately. My review is limited to a few dishes to a place that has only been open for one week. I am sure there are many great dishes on the menu. Sorry, it still comes back to the following. I need to feel a little bit of value for the money when it comes to portion size. My waiter told me that all vegetables are ala carte because that's how they do it in Italy. Seeing the Orrata whole fish and lamb on a plate with no vegetable is quite a site. With all this said, everyone should go and decide for themselves. If this is the pinnacle of italian food and restaurants in LA I will have to admit that I am just out of touch

                                            1. re: Triage
                                              SauceSupreme Jul 22, 2007 10:30 AM

                                              I don't think anyone is crowning Osteria Mozza as the top Italian restaurant in the city.

                                              In fact, earlier this year, Jonathan Gold wrote that the best in the city was Vincenti.
                                              http://www.laweekly.com/eat+drink/din...

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