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Osteria Mamma or Osteria La Buca?

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flowergirl Jun 20, 2012 04:57 PM

Which is best and most similar to New York Italian?

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    AAQjr RE: flowergirl Jun 20, 2012 05:44 PM

    Osteria La Buca is really good, but I have no idea if it's like NY Italian. How do you define NY Italian?

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      flowergirl RE: flowergirl Jun 20, 2012 11:11 PM

      Old fashioned, great marinara sauce, not fancy - just like your Italian grandmother's cooking...

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        AAQjr RE: flowergirl Jun 20, 2012 11:23 PM

        It's not a 'red sauce' Italian american place. It's like a more of a Babbo (kinda) all of the pasta fresh and dried are made in house. It's not fancy, more on the rustic side but unless your grandmother was a chef she didn't cook like this.

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          foodiemahoodie RE: AAQjr Jun 21, 2012 02:54 AM

          Babbo?! La Buca?! Mamma?!

          Wow. I swear I've gone to both of these restaurants and can't figure out why anyone would consider either of them special. I mean, I had to check Mamma a few times to make sure it was the same Mamma on Melrose everyone esle was talking about. Pretty standard Italian. There must be 50 Italian restaurants in L.A. that are better. In fact I've had equivalent Italian food in an Autogrill.

          Babbo is a pretty great restaurant and in the meals I had at either Buca or Mamma - not remotely close in anyway, except they both have pasta dishes.

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          Papuli RE: flowergirl Jun 20, 2012 11:46 PM

          I think you'd prefer Osteria Mamma.

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            ipsedixit RE: flowergirl Jun 21, 2012 07:40 AM

            Old fashioned, great marinara sauce, not fancy - just like your Italian grandmother's cooking...
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            If that's your criteria, try Marino. http://www.marinorestaurant.net/

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              Ciao Bob RE: ipsedixit Jun 21, 2012 09:39 AM

              Agree. I think Marino is redolent of the NY-style Italian referenced by the OP.

              As foodiemahoodie says, the Osterias La Buca and Mamma,as well as Marino, are nothing like a Babbo at ALL.

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