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.
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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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.
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 ---
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.