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Apr 28, 2008 10:48 AM

Mozza pizzaria or osteria?

ok so my birthday is coming up in less than a month (like 15 days) and ive been wanting to go to one of these two restaurants for a while taking 4 people (me included) and im not sure which one to go to? in your opinion which one would be a better b-day dinner?
thanks =D

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  1. Hey ChefPapaloma,

    I think it depends on what you enjoy the most. If you really enjoy gourmet pizzas and a more casual atmosphere, Pizzeria would naturally be your choice.

    For a special night out, and a more extensive menu (and the great Mozzarella bar), I'd recommend the Osteria side.

    1. osteria, unless everybody's ready to eat pizza. it may already be too late for table reservation though 2 weeks out.

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        1. re: ChefPapaloma

          both, sadly Though, if you try for lunch instead of dinner, it may be easier

          1. re: Diana

            well ill definatly at least try to get one today but if not i can wait a week. =D but overall which one do youy guys prefer

      1. For a casual birthday group, I'd say pizzeria. If it were a birthday date I'd go with osteria.

        The food experience was a notch better at osteria, but I had a great meal and a relaxed time with 4 at the pizzeria.

        You can often walk into the osteria right when they open and get seated at the cheese bar - also a reason to go with 2 and not a group.

        1. I haven't tried the pizzeria, but was really impressed with the food at the Osteria. Only a small step below Batali's places in NYC and easily the best Italian meal I've had in LA. Consider skipping the mains and doing several different pastas, especially the egg raviolo if it's still on the menu.

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          1. re: a_and_w

            well guys im happy to report that i got a table for 4 on a friday night at 5:00 at the my next question is what should i order thier and what are some of your guys favorite dishes?

            1. re: ChefPapaloma

              the guacinale egg pizza. The garlic bread (my favorite all night!)

              Lots of people like the squash blossoms, if they are there.

              I like Nancy's Chopped salad, but not everyone is a fan of it. it is really not super special, but its a nice salad.

              People rave about the butterscotch budino, but I can never afford dessert there, so I just go to a yogurt place or something after.

              1. re: Diana

                i'm not a fan of the egg guanciale pizza. perhaps it was an off day but the pizza had no flavor other than bitter. i think they loaded it with too much radicchio.

                i am a big fan of the fennel sausage pizza though.

                the squash blossoms are good as are the arrancine and the bufala mozzarella & prosciutto.

                the butterscotch budino is very good. something about the sea salt and the sweetess of the butterscotch makes for a great dessert.

                1. re: wilafur

                  I second the fennel sausage pizza - it comes dusted with fennel pollen - wow

                  I've tried a couple of the other pizzas and this one is the one to beat.

                  I also like the deep fried, ricotta stuffed zucchini blossoms (seasonal) but they are quite - uh - fried... Not oily, just rich...

                  Gotta leave room for the butterscotch budino -- and I never eat dessert out. It has to be the best dessert I've ever had. EVER. It's just right up my alley (caramel upon creamy butterscotch).

                  Truth be told, I haven't been back there since a series of visits soon after they opened, but the only thing that ever disappointed me on the menu was the Sunday Lasagne special.

                  Angelini Osteria has that down.

              2. re: ChefPapaloma

                mussels with Calabrian sauce, chicken liver bruschetta, caprese salad, pizza with rapini and tomatoes.

                1. re: ChefPapaloma

                  Be sure to try the bianca pizza and order it with bacon on it (the manager suggested this the last time I was there and it was incredible). The caprese salad is very good as is the fennel sausage pizza.

                  1. re: nd33x

                    Bianca is my favorite pizza there -- and with bacon added I think I will be in heaven!!! Thanks for the tip.

                  2. re: ChefPapaloma

                    The tri-colore salad knocked our socks off! To us, it was even more memorable than the pizza.

                    1. re: ChefPapaloma

                      Both restaurants are wonderful but I prefer the pizzeria. It is our favorite place right now. Don't miss the chicken liver bruschetta if it's your thing, it's sublime. I enjoy all of the pizza's especially the clam pizza, sausage pizza & the guancilale pizza. In additiona to these, we always order the squash blossoms (back on the menu now, had them last sunday), the lasagna (only availalbe on sundays; they have one 'il forno' item each day), tre colore salad ( I REALLY want the anchovy dressing recipe!!!?) and the butterscotch budino and/or gelato. On our most recent visit we tried the arancini & didn't like it at all....very bland, but that was the first time I had something I didn't at least 'like' there.
                      The osteria is also very very good.....and yes the ricotta & egg ravioli is like a pillow of love!

                  3. i like the pizzeria better than the osteria. i feel like the items at the osteria aren't "special" enough -- like i have had similar tasting food elsewhere. however, at the pizzeria - there are really innovative and new flavors and combinations of flavors that i haven't experienced before and so i like that. also, there are other great italian places in the city, but there aren't that many beyond excellent pizza places. finally, the price point at the pizzeria makes it all the more tasty. the osteria has fairly high prices (not outrageous) - but i always feel like i get out of the pizzeria for a bargain.

                    but - if you actually want to go on your bday - don't write here, get on the phone!

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                    1. re: dtud

                      i got a reservation 3 days after my bday but thats ok ill give ou guys the full review when i come back from a hopefully great night!

                      1. re: ChefPapaloma

                        My best advice, go with our advice, but without expectations! I have learned lately it's better to do that, wherever I go.

                      2. re: dtud

                        I prefer the Pizzeria, too! The Osteria is good - especially the bar - but the food at the Pizzeria just feels a bit more fully realized to me.

                        My favorite pizzas are the Bianca, the fennel sausage with panna, the goat cheese with bacon, and the newer pizzette with macarpone, ramps, peas, and bacon. Avoid the gorgonzola pizza at all costs.

                        As for salads, the fior di latte is amazing. The rucola with piave is my second favorite.

                        The chicken liver bruschette is great, as is the white bean bruschette.

                        With the antipasti, the arancine never fail to amaze friends I bring. Squash blossoms usually are favorites, too. I really love the avocado and agretti, which has just returned. If the spicy shrimp with melon is back, that's awesome, too. The bone marrow al forno might be better here than at Comme Ça (though without the yummy oxtail jam). If the lamb stracotto with polenta (leftovers from Sunday's piatti) is on the antipasti list, snag it. And the fried fava beans with Meyer lemon are fantastic.

                        I love the butterscotch budino, as well as the olive oil and pine nut gelati.

                        The wine list is really great, too, and reasonably priced.

                        The menu is always evolving; new dishes keep appearing. Look around at what others are getting.

                        1. re: dtud

                          my sentiments precisely -- you have confirmed my suspicions, which is why I haven't yet tried the Osteria...