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Apr 25, 2009 08:04 AM

Reservation for Two: Osteria Mozza, 4/19 (review + pics)


Really, what more is there to say about Osteria Mozza? This was our first time at the Osteria (I'm so ashamed!) and we fell madly in love. I'm not sure why, but we just didn't think we were going to like it as much as the Pizzeria. Oh were we wrong. There were times I thought my husband was going to fly away in ecstasy. Really!

Lucky us, my father and his girlfriend treated the two of us to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary. Grandma babysat! It was less formal than I had imagined and the food was incredible. The one and only so-so dish was the burrata from Puglia. Surprising, but Gioia's was creamier and richer than what we had at OM, though the bread it came with, soaked in EVO was perfection.

Our waiter was predictably everything Batali's servers always are: real, knew the menu inside and out, really wanted us to LOVE our meal, and a perfect guide to figuring out the dishes we would love (no calf's brain raviolis for me!).

We split the Ribollita "Da Delfina" - amazing. Like a savory french toast/bread pudding. Bread soaked in minestrone that's been reduced, then pan-fried. Ok, that description so does not capture how good it was. After the aforementioned burrata, we moved onto pastas. The orrecchiette with sausage and swiss chard was wonderful but the fresh ricotta and egg raviolo with browned butter was a showstopper.

For our mains, I had the Grilled Beef Tagliata, rucola, and Parmigiano with aceto balsamico and M had the Grilled Quail wrapped in pancetta with sage and honey. Again, perfection.

The bombolini with mountain huckleberry compote and vanilla gelato put the whole meal over the top and we agreed that this was one of our best meals ever.

The icing on the cake was meeting Ms. Silverton herself. What an honor and yes, I did feel like such a dorky groupie. But it was a thrill nonetheless. I just wanted to take a picture of her from a distance, but a server mentioned that she'd be happy to take one with me so now I have a pic of the two of us! That poor woman must get approached constantly by food-obsessed groupies.

All pics and review: http://reservationforthree.blogspot.c...

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  1. Nice to hear you had a good time. We had a meal there in January (our first as well) that was absolutely wonderful and memorable in every way. I can't wait to go back. I've been surprised by the loathing and frustration that Osteria Mozza generates on this board.

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    1. re: missyp

      We can't wait to go back either.

      That's just crazy! What are people's complaints?

      1. re: Suebee

        here was a thread where some folks went off on the place:

        1. re: missyp

          Thanks for replying with the thread. Well, I definitely had an extraordinary experience with impeccable service and sublime food. And fwiw, they offered us butter or EVO with our bread.

    2. I am seriously addicted to the egg ravioli/brown butter and the steamed spinach with crisped garlic.
      I just wish they could do something about the acoustics.

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      1. re: latindancer

        Did you find it too loud? We had a 5:45pm reservation and we never noticed the noise.