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THE NEW OSTERIA LA BUCA

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jbourret Jan 12, 2008 08:47 AM

They are finished with the remodel. And I am happy to say, it is amazing. A beautiful space that matches some of the best Italian food you can get in Los Angeles. I went for by birthday dinner and ate with some friends up in their second level. Lovely decor and a fireplace to boot.

And the food was delicious as ever. Several of my friends had never been and were so happy to know of La Buca. Highly recommended.

  1. Bon Vivant Jan 12, 2008 09:05 AM

    The expansion has been complete for a while (I too went on my bday in late Oct.) At that time they had just opened the new room and while the kitchen really screwed up my order (my pizza came a half hour after the other entrees) the food was as good as usual.

    I hadn't gone up to see the second level; would it be a good place to reserve for larger parties?

    http://myculinaryadventures.blogspot.com

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      baloney Jan 12, 2008 04:20 PM

      I've only been up on the second level once(it was a while ago so I don't remember much), but liked it. I'm not sure how large a party you are thinking about, but you could probably fit 20-ish? I really don't remember clearly, but the space was cute. Also, the they're closed until the 20th for kitchen renovations. Bummer!

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      nimo Jan 12, 2008 05:44 PM

      I think La Buca is actually closed once more for a kitchen remodel. Opening again in a week or two.

      I do agree though that, since the expansion, their food has been as wonderful as ever. I was concerned that the quality would suffer with the increase in number of people they would be serving, but thankfully my fears were unfounded.

      The only negative is that the prices have yet again increased, and now it's hard to get out of there for under $50 per person.

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      1. re: nimo
        blackbookali Jan 15, 2008 02:10 PM

        I have to say that dollar for dollar, "Buca D" is the best value in town. Let me know when you are planning another outing to the Irvine location . . .

      2. russkar Jan 12, 2008 07:27 PM

        La Buca's $18- corkage charge is outrageous.

        We'll stay with All Angelo and Angelini.

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        1. re: russkar
          blackbookali Dec 29, 2008 11:55 AM

          La Buca is just plain overrated.

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