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Which should I do before Pantages? Have never been to Mozza. Loved Chi Spacca.

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  1. Both seem really far for a pre-Pantages show.

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    1. re: ns1

      Just 2 miles...so not an issue I would think.

      1. re: Servorg

        It's an issue for females in heels

        //edit

        I assumed walking distance. NO issue if you're driving.

        1. re: ns1

          Not an issue for us.

    2. They're so completely different...what do you want out of the meal?

      1. I think it is easier to get a quick meal at Mozza. Chi Spacca is slower cooking and slower eating food. CS is more of a whole evening, rather than part of one - to me.

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        1. re: Ciao Bob

          The only way I could see a quick dinner at Chi Spacca is if you sat at the bar and had a focaccia and salad.

          1. re: omotosando

            You could amp it up by getting the board of cured meat, too.

            Btw, you would have a damn good meal. That focaccia is saturated with mind-blowing flavors and textures. And the salads are some of the most delicious, simple constructions you will ever come across.

            The cured meats speak for themselves.

            When my brother dined at Chi Spacca with me he said, "well, I guess this is the best pizza that Mozza does" referring to the flatbread. Previously his favorite pizza in the world was pretty much the bianca pizza at Pizzeria Mozza.

            1. re: BacoMan

              Are you talking about Chi Spacca? Had the board of cured meat last time. Great!

              1. re: Thor123

                Yes, of course. No idea how cured meat is at the Pizzeria (or if there even is any? I would actually assume it would just be the meat from Chi Spacca if so though).

                But yes, Colby produces probably the best cured meat board in LA at the moment. I'm not a charcuterie enthusiast really, it's a dish I often forgo actually, but every time I've had it at Chi Spacca it has been exquisite. The rather ridiculously unctuous fried trotters really round out the experience.

                Two people could very easily get that board (plus the house made pickles, which are also lip-smacking awesome!), the focaccia, and a salad plus some wine and get out of Chi Spacca for about $50/person (including tax and tip), and be fairly satisfied with themselves.

                Of course that would be a lighter dinner compared to the usual feasts of decadence that often ensue there =P But it would also get you in and out of the place in about an hour most likely, whereas usually I find myself spending a minimum of 2 hours getting dinner there (not a bad thing mind you).

        2. Agree with ciaobob. Chi Spacca is not a quick pre-theater dinner. The Mozzarella Bar at Mozza would be more efficient.

          Littlefork, IMHO, is the best Pantages pre-theater. Demitasse menu if Sun-Thurs. Nine minute walk lets you walk off dinner and come back for dessert if they're still open. Don't tell the valet. He'll try to charge you more. We had no problem parking on the street. Easy peasy.

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          1. re: revets2

            Agree. Its either Pizza Mozza or Little Fork.

            1. re: Thor123

              Thor I think Ull like littlefork better if ur an oyster fan. Great poutine w house made smoked meat too and nice cocktails that u can enjoy thoroughly before walking to the show. Have fun. Ask for dark meat oysters.

              1. re: jessejames

                dark meat oysters ala sidney beckerman? Too funny!

                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  ne oysters thor

                2. re: jessejames

                  Either that or the oysters and peppers. Cant decide. Kevin - which joint should we hit up?

                  1. re: Thor123

                    oysters and peppers ???? can you explain what's in that dish ?????

                    thanks Tor

                    1. re: ns1

                      It was keeping with the Dan Tana's humor. Torn between the dark meat beckerman and the steak and peppers. Poor humor on my part. Need to stick with the Stinking Rose snotty remarks.

                3. re: Thor123

                  The bar dinner @ Chi Spacca suggested above with foccacia, salad and affetati misti is a good idea. Hadn't thought about that. That might be more satisfying than P Mozza though pricier. Mozzarella, salad, and pasta at the bar at O Mozza could be good too.

                  Or if you like to walk after dinner (which we do) and don't want to hassle with the craziness of the Pantages-adjacent parking lots post theater, go for the Oysters, Maple Eggs, Sturgeon Pastrami, and Montrealer (lobster roll with brisket) at Littlefork...or the Demitasse menu if Sun-Thurs. It will be quiet.

                  Just depends on what you feel like. Great to have such awesome choices, no?

                  1. re: revets2

                    Going to Little Fork. Never been. Will report back.

                    1. re: Thor123

                      stop copying my style

                      (i'll be there tmr pre-theater)

                      1. re: ns1

                        also dropped by for a quick pre-theater meal. was pretty busy at the bar when i got there at 6pm; no bar seats available, but our party of 6 did manage to snag the 3 2-tops by the door.

                        oysters - lovely, as usual
                        onion rings - good, very crisp/light batter but also pretty greasy
                        pork rind cheetos - housemade chicharron dusted with cheese, pretty damn good as a to-go snack. huge portion; get this with a party > 2
                        lobster roll - good but not as good as i remembered last time - the pickles were done differently. this time - more pickle less slaw.

                        fries seemed pretty damn good (had a few bites)
                        chicken liver mousse was interesting, nice balance of flavor and texture but not as good as Animal's version IMO

                        old fashioned was fucking fantastic

                        negatives: no more oyster sliders, oysters went up by 50 cents a pop, no more gin and tonic cocktail.

                        def recommend for a pre-pantages meal. sorry no pics.

                        1. re: ns1

                          that sucks those sliders were one of best things they had...the poutine there is quite good too, with gravy on bottom so not too soggy, with bits of their smoked meat and the curds...oysters still a deal at a buck fifty during happy hour at bar....only place I think that can top them on quality re oysters is connie and teds and a bit pricier there!

                          1. re: jessejames

                            Oh yeah - black keys soundtrack too. So hipster warning for those of you allergic to hipsters.

                            1. re: ns1

                              Is that what hipsters listen to?

                              1. re: JAB

                                I'm not sure if the dude sitting next to us wearing farmer overalls with tattoos from his hands all the way up his arms is a fan, but it's a good starting point.

                              2. re: ns1

                                White Stripes when I was there

                        2. re: Thor123

                          Enjoy the Book of Mormon!
                          And get the corned beef/pastrami/brisket w/ 3mustards and the egg with bacon and maple syrup -those are very good. Mostly everything else I have had there is just OK.

                          1. re: Thor123

                            So, we went to Little Fork. Mixed feelings, mostly good.

                            Oysters - great;
                            Drinks - very good
                            Brisket - good, but unusual, tasted more like corned beef
                            Fries - very good
                            Onion rings - ok
                            Steak - cold, really cold, but not enough time to send back
                            Monk Fish - good
                            Service - good

                            1. re: Thor123

                              Was it busy? Would we need a res for 6?

                              1. re: ns1

                                Not busy at all.

                              2. re: Thor123

                                Glad u enjoyed. I go for oysters cocktails and poutine. Did u like the show?

                                1. re: jessejames

                                  Show was a lot of fun

                                2. re: Thor123

                                  Ah, Thor...the good and okay are definitely not what they do best. Just had the duck for two. Awesome. The sturgeon pastrami is a winner. No maple eggs?

                                3. re: Thor123

                                  How you ended up at Littlefork in a Chi Spacca or Pizzeria Mozza thread I will never understand...

                                  1. re: BacoMan

                                    Easy to understand if you consider what Chow threads are
                                    all about!

                                    1. re: BacoMan

                                      Revets2 said that Little Fork was their favorite pre Pantages spot and walking distance as well. Others commented not enough time for Chi Spacca and next thing you know we are at Little Fork. Get it?

                            2. if the show is during the week, osteria mozza has a bar meal that's a mozzarella, pasta, a dessert, and a glass of wine for $42.

                              1. I just ate at Chi Spacca for the first time. While I liked it, my opinion is that if you're not prepared to be a big spender and spring for one of the grilled steaks (which will set you back a minimum of $80), then you should go to one of the other restaurants. By "eating around" the expensive heart of the menu, you find yourself eating a lot of fatty things (charcuterie or cheeses) or starchy things (flat breads, meat pie, etc). It was tasty, but somehow felt unbalanced, and we would have been happier at the pizzeria.

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                                1. re: MarkC

                                  What did you order?...

                                  I feel as if you ordered incorrectly. I have had almost everything on the entire menu at Chi Spacca, and feel that saying the menu is overly starchy is somewhat odd. Literally only two items on the entire menu are starch-based (not counting desserts), the two you mentioned: the focaccia di recco and the beef and bone marrow pie. Three of the accompaniments also come with Mozza bread. However, it seems like a weird way of characterizing it to say that you will be eating a lot of starch. You can easily order sides, salads, etc...

                                  Maybe you could clarify what you meant by "fatty things"? The place is a restaurant ostensibly created to showcase meat...and meat has fat on it. It's not a health food place where they trim the fat off. I am very sorry for you if you went there thinking it was that kind of place =/

                                  Also, to clarify for other readers, the big plates that are $80+ are enough for minimum of 2 people. If you were hoping to spend less than $65/person on food, then it's true Chi Spacca is pretty much out of your price range.

                                  That being said, I find it a bit unfair to say that the only things worth ordering are the $80+ items. The $80 Tomahawk Porkchop is incredible, but so are the $34 Moorish Lamb Shoulder Chops. These have been on the menu since day one, and they remain absolutely incredible. They are also a very generous portion size. The $36 Porcini Rubbed Short Ribs are also excellent, can for those with a lighter appetite, are more than enough. The crispy flattened chicken and moules frites is also a substantial plate of food for $34. There is also a very unique, remarkable dish that is very large: the Pork Loin al Latte, which could serve at least two, if not three people. The milk becomes a kind of cheese, and with the fried sage in the sauce, it's like savory crack.

                                  I just ate there again last Wednesday and we ordered the Little Gems Salad, Focacci di Recco, Grilled Broccoli, and Short Ribs. The meal felt very balanced to me, and we took food home. With a quartino of chianti, and one of their spectacular almond crusted strawberry-rhubard tarts we spend $75/person.

                                  Now, if $75/person is being a "big spender" then yes, you should avoid going to Chi Spacca, because most likely you will not spend less than that unless you don't drink alcohol.

                                  1. re: BacoMan

                                    Now Im hungry. Have to go back this week!

                                    1. re: BacoMan

                                      Those Moorish Lamb Shoulder Chops are incredible.

                                      1. re: BacoMan

                                        I completely agree. Just ate there last night. Bone Marrow Meat pie (mmmm) and Tomahawk Pork chop. Wow! But focaccia is really something special, light and flaky. Creamed corn was absolutely wonderful - so fresh, and really light. Roasted dates, pickled vegetables - everything was so well prepared. Service was perfect.

                                    2. I do NOT understand CH's loyalty to Mozza at all!