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Osteria Mozza...nothing to write home about

countrygirl Jul 24, 2007 09:42 PM

With so much hype, they can hardly be blamed for not living up to it but still it disappoints. First of all, the restaurant looks like a Pottery Barn catalogue - clean lines, almost antiseptic, and no imagination. There is no sense of place. I could have been sitting in a showroom. The food was simply 'there'. Had the antipasti burrata from Puglia, the gnocchi, the much touted pork. None of it raised my heartbeat. Well, I tried it...NEXT!

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  1. hrhboo RE: countrygirl Jul 24, 2007 09:59 PM

    Would you care to elaborate further? What in particular did you find so disappointing? Flavors, execution, service?

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      countrygirl RE: hrhboo Jul 24, 2007 10:19 PM

      I guess I would say there were no WOW flavors. It all just tasted average. The ingredients were fine, of course, the portions were more than enough. I've had terrific meals at La Terza - not all but some, Il Grano is fabulous. The disappointment is that the place didn't sing. Wait, the grilled bread in olive oil was outstanding and so was the whole grain bread - eating it plain or dipped in olive oil...taste, texture, crust was perfection. I would have been happy with this for my whole meal and a couple of glasses of wine. This is probably not much help.

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        hrhboo RE: countrygirl Jul 25, 2007 11:02 AM

        It is, thanks for the detail!

    2. Woolsey RE: countrygirl Jul 24, 2007 11:11 PM

      I beg to differ!

      It's definitely more Restoration Hardware than Pottery Barn.

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        Adsvino RE: Woolsey Jul 25, 2007 11:35 AM

        At least it isn't Z Gallery!

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          Diana RE: Woolsey Jul 25, 2007 11:37 AM

          Could be worse. Look at Pinkberry. It's all Ikea.

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            Woolsey RE: Diana Jul 25, 2007 12:46 PM

            Wrong on that, too! Stinkberry is Design With Reach (the flooring, the lighting, the stools).

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          foodieqt RE: countrygirl Jul 26, 2007 09:20 AM

          I completely agree...I went last night with high hopes and I left feeling "eh." There is nothing particularly wrong or negative about Osteria, it really is just "nothing to write home about." I have nothing to really write here about it either. The Pizzeria?? Well, now...that's a completely different story. The Pizzeria is beyond fabulous.

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            Frank_Santa_Monica RE: countrygirl Jul 26, 2007 09:32 AM

            I wish the prices at OsMo were similar to that of PiMo, then I'd be more willing to schlep over there from SM.

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