Osteria Mozza

6602 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Osteria Mozza +

Anne Fishbein


  • Mon-Thu. 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri. 5:30-11 p.m.; Sat. 5-11 p.m.; Sun. 5-10 p.m.
  • $$$
  • Dinner, Late Night
  • Beer/Wine
  • Private Party
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
If you adore restaurants, if you're addicted to the sounds, the energy and the spectacle of dining out, there's hardly anyplace in L.A. that's more of a thrill than Osteria Mozza. When you step in through the huge, dark doors into the noise and activity, you know you've arrived somewhere important, a place where dreams of Italian cuisine done right might come true. Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's restaurant, which was created loosely around the idea of a mozzarella bar, has become one of Los Angeles' great statement restaurants, a declaration that California has something important to add to the Italian tradition. Much of what goes on here feeds our specific food obsessions — the mozzarella bar, the amaro bar, executive chef Matt Molina's gorgeous, handmade pastas: francobolli di brasato with crushed duck liver and black truffle, or squid ink chitarra "Freddi" with Dungeness crab, sea urchin and jalapeño. With one of the best wine lists in the city, this is a smashingly fun place to drink if you're serious about cocktails or wine, and it's a smashingly fun place to dine if you care about food and restaurants — whether it's the grand statement or simply the pleasure of eating extremely well. - Besha Rodell

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