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Going to Osteria Mozza

Mollusk Aug 14, 2007 04:40 PM

I will be dining at Osteria Mozza tommorrow night and have been salivating over the menu for quite some time (and also Bill Buford's book "Heat).

From reading others' postings on the restaurant, it would appear that the standouts are the grilled octopus, burrata with guanciale and the fresh ricotta raviolo. I haven't seen enough reviews to decipher a MUST TRY from the secondi.

The grilled beef Tagliatta sounds great, anyone tried it? Also curious about the amatriciana?

Many posts seem to focus on "the service" but I am eager to hear more about the chow.


  1. therealbigtasty Aug 17, 2007 03:04 AM

    Guinea Fowl, Guinea Fowl, Guinea Fowl!!!

    Yep...that's the one.

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      msmd310 Aug 16, 2007 04:10 PM

      now I am even MORE annoyed that they were out of octopus when we were there

      LOVED the orchiette!!!
      Of the secondi, the lamb chops were divine, the beef brasato was fine, but wouldn't choose it again.

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      1. re: msmd310
        bruinike Aug 16, 2007 04:43 PM

        Did they have the long-cooked broccoli on the menu when you went? When I went on July 31st they had it and when I went again last Thursday the 10th it was off the menu. I gasped. It was DIVINE! In addition to the orrechiette, burrata with bacon I also loved the rosemary cakes with olive oil gelato.

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        ns1 Aug 16, 2007 03:55 PM

        how pricey is this place? 50pp w/o wine?

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          bodie Aug 16, 2007 04:14 PM

          Probably a bit more but depends on how much you order. I'd estimate between $15 & $20 per order for antipasti, mozzarella bar, and primi and then assume secondi will be right around $30. So, without wine, or desert or coffee factored in you could hold the line at $50 but that would be a rather abstemious posture for a place with very tasty food.

          1. re: bodie
            ns1 Aug 16, 2007 04:16 PM

            very well, thank you ;)

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              nd33x Aug 16, 2007 04:47 PM

              Our food came out to 89 w/o tip, so I think $50 pp w/o wine is a good guesstimate

            2. re: bodie
              Obessed Aug 16, 2007 11:14 PM

              We had the grilled beef Tagliatta and it was great. We started with 2 apps (something delish from the mozzerella bar and cured meats with puffed bread - this was the least impressive), then a orchiette with sausage and swiss chard, then the tagliatta. Olive oil gelato and rosemary brittle for dessert - this was fabulous!!! A reasonable bottle of Dolcetto (under $30). $190 for 2 inlcuding tip...

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            enlightenment Aug 14, 2007 09:55 PM

            Must try: tasty orricheiette,tender Octopus, soft & sweet Quail, and Dessert bombolini with coffee or espresso sourced from Intelligentsia. Just tried it last weekend. Will be back.

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            1. re: SarahM
              goodfood34 Aug 16, 2007 04:25 PM

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            2. steve h. Aug 14, 2007 08:10 PM

              don't forget the wines.

              1. Woolsey Aug 14, 2007 06:27 PM

                The bucatini all'Amatriciana was the most underwhelming of the four pastas we had that evening, coming in even behind the cacio e pepe and the bolognese. The orecchiette is a must.

                The octopus - oh, man! DO NOT MISS THE GRILLED OCTOPUS! There. I put it in caps. It is fantastic! The scamorza panino was really great, too.

                The guinea fowl was my favorite secondi. The quail and tagliatta were really good, but I don't know if I'd get them again; the orata, pork arista, and beef brasato are more tempting to me now. The guinea fowl, though, is a definite reorder. The tagliatta was a great hanger steak, cooked rare, served sliced, with aged balsamic. Really excellent quality beef. Just avoid the pedestrian salmon.

                Get some of the contorini, too. The long-cooked broccoli is awesome.

                As for desserts, I enjoyed the rosemary cakes with olive oil gelato, but the almond cornette with stewed plums and mascarpone gelato was actually my favorite. Skip the chocolate dessert as it's nothing memorable, and the bombolini are borderline boring, too.

                They have great cocktails, there, and make a mean Negroni. They also have an excellent selection of aperitifs, digestifs, and dessert wines - Osteria Mozza is not the place to pass on a nightcap.

                My review of our dinner at Osteria Mozza: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/423500

                1. bodie Aug 14, 2007 05:03 PM

                  My two cents:
                  Faves are the insalata testa, the scamorza and the orechiette - all are stellar.
                  I very much enjoyed the Lamb Scottadita.
                  I liked but did not love the ricotta and egg raviolo, which was a bit too rich for me and could've lived without the gnocco fritto - the mortadella, salumi, lardo and prosciutto are all excellent but I could live without the fried bread accompaniment.

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                    nd33x Aug 14, 2007 04:58 PM

                    Get the grilled beef tagliatta and the orchiette. Both very good.

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                      cmp Aug 14, 2007 04:56 PM

                      Of the Secondi, definitely recommend the Guinea Fowl. I'm going again Friday night and I can't wait to try the things we couldn't fit in last time!

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                        DMojoD Aug 14, 2007 04:51 PM

                        The tagliatta was amazing! Most definitely get the raviolo- my boyfriend says he is still having 'romantic feelings' about it! I also had the cacio e pepe pasta and it was only ok- I would try a different pasta next time. Also, as simple as it is, you will never go wrong with proscuitto and bufala mozzerella to start!

                        1. Tom P Aug 14, 2007 04:45 PM

                          Don't miss the pancetta wrapped figs. Seriously. So good. And my favorite dish of the evening was the Orchiette with Sausage and Swiss Chard. I loved the Amatriciana but the Orchiette was better.

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                            kellydeez Aug 14, 2007 04:48 PM

                            Of the 4 entrees at our table, the Quail won out, bar none. It was perfection. We also had the Tagliatta, good, and the the lamb, VERY good. I wouldn't have ordered it, but won't go back without having it!

                            1. re: kellydeez
                              PaliBruin Aug 14, 2007 05:55 PM

                              The quail was the big winner the night we went too.

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                                revets2 Aug 15, 2007 01:08 AM

                                ditto on quail.

                              2. re: kellydeez
                                Burnt Lumpia Aug 15, 2007 08:12 AM

                                Agree with the quail. The quail was excellent. I also enjoyed the crispy pigs trotter for the anitpasti.

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                              DonnyMac Aug 14, 2007 04:44 PM

                              The orricheiette was not to be missed. The tagliatta was among the steaks I have had in LA (it's a hanger steak).

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