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Osteria La Buca on Melrose

misswonderful1 May 14, 2011 10:21 AM

Has anyone been?

La Buca
5210 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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    Papuli Jul 8, 2011 01:22 PM

    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.)

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      attran99 Jul 7, 2011 08:17 AM

      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.

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        Sancho_Villa Jul 6, 2011 08:41 PM

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

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

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          foodiemahoodie May 14, 2011 12:30 PM

          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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            foodiemahoodie Jul 7, 2011 10:24 AM

            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

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