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Jun 7, 2012 09:25 AM

What to Order at Osteria Mozza?

Is the pasta tasting menu the way to go? Or are we better off ordering a la carte? Any can't miss dishes? Thanks so much!

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  1. The Ricotta & Egg Raviolo with browned butter is from heaven and any dish from the mozzarella bar.

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    1. re: wienermobile

      I definitely agree with both of those recommendations. Also, don't miss the grilled octopus appetizer. We also enjoyed the pasta with the wild boar ragu.

      My general take on the menu is to stick to appetizers, mozzarella bar offerings, and pastas.

      1. re: Jwsel

        The appetizers and pastas are usually the way to go at Batali restaurants. Here in LA you must also get something from the mozzarella bar. I recommend something with burrata or buffalo mozzarella. The mozzarella tasting though is not as delicious as one of the crostinis.

        For pastas, definitely get one of the pastas with ragu. I personally enjoy the orecchiette since it's one of the few places you can get fresh orecchiette.

        Calve's liver ravioli with truffles and crushed duck liver is good if available. Calve's brain ravioli if you're feeling adventurous.

        I always go a la carte and do my own "tasting".

    2. I love the octopus starter, the orrechiete wtih sausage and the rosemary cakes for dessert. I love it there!

      1. Also their Squid Ink Chitarra Freddi with Dungeness crab, sea urchin & jalapeño. So good.

        1. My rule of thumb has been, if I'm in a party of 4 (or a few more) with people who are willing to eat family style, I'd rather be able to try 10-12 different things, instead of having all 4 people try 5-6 in a tasting menu.

          If it's just me +1, the tasting is worth considering.