Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Jul 3, 2008 06:02 AM

La Terza- better than ever!

Went last night with some friends for a tasting menu which I ordered the day before.
The Chef Enrico is fantastic and only been there for a few months.
Service was friendly & perfect.
Amuse (Tonto (Tuna) marinated in Olive Oil ala Angelini)
Jumbo Diver Scallop
Seared Ahi over sliced Fennel
2 amazing Stuffed Pastas (Angolotti?)
Seared Blue Rare Filet that melted in your mouth.
4 different Desserts all good , winner was Panna Cotta
Cost approx $ 60- food only. Amazing deal for the quality and portion size.
Everything was much better than Mozza and less expensive too!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Agree entirely. Chef Enrico Croati rocks!

    1. hmmm....i might have to make another visit. Haven't been there since the new chef. Do you know where Chef Enrico was cooking prior to coming to La Terza?

      1 Reply
      1. re: TailbackU

        He was a Chef at Angelini a couple of years ago, very gifted.

      2. I don't understand the "tasting menu which I ordered the day before." Is this a special tasting menu that you planned and coordinated with the chef? Is it their standard tasting menu which is available to anyone? Are you a "regular" where they were willing to make some substitutions and cut you a special break on the tab? It does sound like a fine meal and a great value, I just need some clarification...

        2 Replies
        1. re: nosh

          Great review, russkar! I have similar you need to make special arrangements to get such a tasting menu, or can you just walk in and order it?

          1. re: nosh

            Just called a day ahead and said I wanted a tasting menu. Didn't discuss with the Chef. Not a regular but have been 3 times in the last 18 months, all have been good. No special break on the tab that I know of? It may have been a tasting menu available anyway but why take a chance when you can call and get the Chef to babysit the preparation.

          2. As always russkar, your posts on this board rock!

            I should check it out while the chef is still on top of his game.

            So many choices these days. Palate, Lot 1's tasting menu, etc. If I don't start eating more, I will never hit all the spots!

            1 Reply
            1. re: jlrobe

              thx for the kind words. Palate & Lot #1 were good but we would pick Terza over them all things considered.

            2. How long has this new chef been cooking at La Terza? I was *really* underwhelmed by my visit in March of this year. At that time, I would have scoffed at comparisons to Osteria Mozza. The pastas, in particular, were really weak at La Terza, like something you'd buy at the store. Nice to see they've improved so dramaticaly in a few short months.