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May 14, 2011 10:21 AM

Osteria La Buca on Melrose

Has anyone been?

La Buca
5210 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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  1. Despite some people raving about it - decidely mediocre Italian (pasta oriented) when I was there last summer. Must be 50 places that are better. Maybe 100.

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    1. re: foodiemahoodie

      Sorry. This was a mistake. I got it confused with Osteria Mamma - who was the original chef at Osteria La Buca. I have not been to La Buca in well over a year. And they have a new chef so take this criticism above and apply it to Osteria Mamma. And with that, with Mamma, I'll go with the latter figure there - must be 100 places that serve better Italian food in L.A.

      La Buca
      5210 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

      Osteria Mamma
      5730 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    2. I liked it. Kinda expected more, but i think Angelini Osteria was better.

      Angelini Osteria
      7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

      1. I went in April with my cousins for dinner. There's a new chef, whose name escapes me, but he's got a decent reputation. I did love their charcuterie appetizer. All charcuterie is made on the premises. The rest of their food was okay. Balsamic hanger steak was way too balsamic-y. The homemade lamb sausage was good, but the chickpeas served with it were a bit to al dente for me. Dessert was only so-so as I think my tiramisu is better. Service, however, was quite good.

        1. I've been twice recently and if it stays as good as it's been the past month or so, it's going to become one of my favorites. The focaccia, the non-traditional carbonara, the short rib ravioli and the budino have been excellent. (It's gone through a ton of changes in the past year, but I think they've finally figured out what they should be doing.)