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Mar 13, 2010 07:04 PM

Your single favorite dish in LA

Name the dish that has given you the most pleasure.

My answer: Zelo's spinach-pesto pizza.

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  1. Osteria Mozza's bucatini all'amatriciana.

    1. The truffle egg at Melisse. $85 for the dish, but it is probably the best thing I have ever eaten.

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      1. re: Jwsel

        Hm. I haven't tried the truffle egg (maybe I'm just too damn cheap) . But I was torn between the coddled egg caviar (at Melisse) by I think it might be slightly edged out by the sweet corn ravioli with truffle jus (or is it truffle froth? Broth? Foam?). This is a seasonal dish, so you'll have to wait a month or two.

        I also crave the charred octopus salad at Mozza Hosteria. I might have to go get some. Right now. Hm.

        1. re: foodiemahoodie

          The truffle egg is unlike any egg I've ever tried. It's poached (or prepared in some similar fashion), but the white is incredibly light and airy, like the lightest omelet I've ever tried. The menu describes it as a "melting organic egg" and that description is apt. It sits on a sauce made from truffles and has a light truffle foam. I cannot really describe the sauce except to say that it was earthy but not heavy, and everyone at the table tried to sop up every drop. That alone would have made it one of the best dishes I've ever had, but then they brought out a large black truffle and shaved close to half of it over the top of the egg. I swear they put so much truffle on it that I almost wanted to tell them to stop.

          1. re: Jwsel

            This sort of reminds me of L'Orangerie's famous egg caviar app -- scrambled eggs put back into their shell and topped with a spoonful of caviar.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Same with The Ritz egg, still served in Newport, even though Hans Prager is long gone. Scrambled eggs with salmon, back in the shell, topped with caviar and served with a shot of vodka on the side. I believe I had it at the old Scandia as well, when he was chef there.

        2. re: Jwsel

          I wonder if it's like the egg with caviar at Ortolan which seemed very much like the class one at L'Orangerie. We had this at Ortolan's VDay dinner and it was outstanding and the first dish that came to mind with this thread.

          In a more prosaic vein, I would say Vito's pizza with mushrooms.

          1. re: Jwsel

            Yes, Josiah's Truffle Egg is by far the best thing I've ever eaten and I've had the pleasure of enjoying it on more than one occasion. It's nothing like a scramble though. Instead it's more like a poached egg yolk surrounded by whipped (and maybe poached?) egg whites topped with shaved truffles & truffle sauce. When you take a bite the yolk from the center oozes & mixes with the sauce. It's accompanied by brioche toasts as well. Pure heaven. It's unlike anything I've ever seen before & is not always available obviously.

          2. Any agnolotti at Angelini Osteria

            1. Boat Noodles at Sapp Coffee House...


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              1. re: Dommy

                May have to agree with that. Definitely 1 of 2 of all time.

              2. Seared foie gras on a biscuit with maple sausage gravy, at Animal.

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                1. re: nsxtasy

                  That's certainly the best I've had in a while.