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Osteria Mamma or Osteria La Buca?

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Which is best and most similar to New York Italian?

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

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

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      1. re: flowergirl

        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.

        1. re: AAQjr

          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.

        2. re: flowergirl

          I think you'd prefer Osteria Mamma.

          1. re: flowergirl

            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/

            1. re: ipsedixit

              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.