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Aug 28, 2009 11:35 PM

Mozza: the emperor's new clothes

How can people possibly like this restaurant? My wife and I just had our second meal at Osteria Mozza and both times the food was so salty we came away headache-y, insanely thirsty and oddly depressed. Even the desserts were salty. How is this possible, from the woman who gave us the desserts at Campanile in the great old days, and La Brea Bakery bread? Noise level, general lack of flavor and salt, salt, salt. I just don't get it.

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  1. Sorry about your experiences there. When I do go, I go late (after 10PM) and order only pasta dishes (these are, in my opinion, their forte) and order the butterscotch budino for dessert.

    One of my Hound-ish friends actually wears earplugs (I kid you not) while dining there, due to their noise level.

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    1. re: J.L.

      They sell the budino at OM? never seen it on the menu...only at pizzeria!

      1. re: manku

        Not on the menu at OM - so unless they are offering as a special at times looks like they don't.

        1. re: Servorg

          Hmm... I've had it at OM but not at PM. I must have gone when it was on the menu that night.

      2. re: J.L.

        It isn't so much the decibel level as it is the odd tinny echo that makes it possible to hear somebody eight tables away but not the person across the table from you. The pizzeria is loud, also, but in a lively jammed New York kind of way.

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        1. Sounds horrendous. I'll make sure to skip it.

          There is no disputing taste. Some people don't know how to converse or don't want to.

          1. It can be a bit loud, a sad trend that seems to have overtaken many restaurants, but there is no denying the quality of the food. I think the best in L.A.

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            1. re: auntflo

              Is there a time when one can eat there in relative peace?

              1. re: epop

                Hard question to answer - Maybe, say, if you arrived around 10:30PM?

                  1. re: epop

                    If you can manage a reservation for that slot...

                1. re: epop

                  Just did the Amaro Bar menu at the bar on Wednesday nite at 8 p.m. and the sound was fine and the food divine. No Budino on this menu (pizzeria only) but you can walk next door and pick it up at Mozza2Go.

              2. I generally agree with you on the salt factor. We went with high expectations, primed by the drools Osteria Mozza generated on this Board, and were disappointed. I couldn't finish my meat course it was so salty. The only decent dishes were the mozzarella ones. This is not even close to the top tier of restaurants in LA, it's just yet another of the "say you went and be cool" cluster of underwhelming and overpriced eateries that populate this place. I have lived in LA over 25 years and it is only when I travel to other places that I remember that restaurants need to walk the talk. Some do, but In LA unfortunately most of them are just big talkers ---

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                1. re: NAspy

                  After months of anticipation, went last night. Should have read this thread first. Salt, salt, salt. Can't imagine how anyone could be tasting the food and letting it out of the kitchen with that much salt. Had a couple of good dishes, but nothing great. Tripe alla Parmagiana con ceci was well balanced and the Burricotta with braised artichokes, pine nuts, currants & mint pesto was terrific. The Tagliatelle Verde with duck ragu was really, really good. But then... The braised rabbit was not only WAY too salty but the sauce was really fatty. Even the honey on the side of the Torta della Nonna was salty! The olive oil cakes, though very tasty and paired with a great rosemary spun sugar ribbon and gelato, were undercooked and heavy. No interest in going back. But if I were, I would say: the best stuff by far comes from the mozzarella bar and the primi list.