6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003834.083366 -118.338771
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Melrose
Pasta at another level. If looking for a more casual way to experience Mozza try the AMARO BAR Menu. $42 allows you to sample a little bit of everything. Great deal!
A joint venture between Italian superchef Mario Batali and bread whiz Nancy Silverton, Mozza has become one of the shining stars of LA's dining scene, largely on the strength of its pastas and very fine pizza.
Some of the best pasta in town. Get the uni pasta, order a lot of appetizers and order something from the mozzarella bar.
Pricey and fancy, hope you have someone worth bringing because the ambiance is wonderful and the dishes are meant to be shared.
Excellent Italian food, courtesy of Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton. Definitely order one dish from the mozzarella bar. Whole orata and octopus are winners, too. Reserve well in advance or wait in line for full dinner at the bar. Great cocktails as well.
Great food - embarrassing service! – We arrived for our reservation and were told we'd have to wait. We were not allowed to wait at the bar because there was a 'bar waiting list'
Once we were seated it took nearly half an hour before we saw a waitress - and only then because we asked the hostess to send one over. Our waitress was neither helpful nor present most of the evening. The special request I had made when I called in the reservation never materialized.
The food was amazing - but I was very embarrassed in bring high level VIPs here - I've had better service at. mcDonalds. I don't expect perfection but when I'm dropping $600-$800 for dinner I expect better than this
Really? Get over your self. – Ok so we had reservations, and when we got there the hostess started to walk us back to a table, which apparently was not available, so she then stopped at a table near the counter and said how is this? I spotted a table close to the window and said can we have that one and her only response was no. with no explanation, so as we were seated there, the waiter heard us bitching about it and he explained that the chef was going to be sitting there with someone in just a few minutes, had the hostess explained that..then they way she responded would not have been so shocking. Anyway...it then took FOREVER for the waiter to come back and take the order...I mean what was he waiting for, it was towards the end of the lunch hour and was not that busy. Food finally came, and to me it was just marginal, I don't get this place and why people are so in love with it. The best part of being there, it I ran into an old boss. Next time I think I will pass.
Great food but come on... – Okay...we went and the burratta dishes were fantastic. Proscuitto was the best I've had in years. The steak was superb. Trout was divine. But we brought our two 13 year olds and there was no kids menu. So they said they could do two pastas--with a butter or a tomato sauce. The kids wanted a pink sauce--they couldn't do it. (Huh? Throw some cream in the tomato sauce and mix...)
So the kids get a dollop of pasta on the middle of a big plate. Honestly, about HALF the size of a normal kids portion. They finish it in a minute and they're still about as hungry as when they started. So we ordered each one another appetizer and called it a day. The bill comes: $17 for each of the pastas! $17 for a half a salad-plate of penne and some tomato sauce?!?! Basically, that's like charging $34 for a full child's portion of pasta.
Ya know, I have money. I'm not a cheap guy. I don't mind spending $100 on dinner for a great ap, entree, dessert, maybe some wine. But guys, make an accomodation for kids. Put five items on a kids menu. Charge $12 for some penne and butter and give them a normal kid's portion so they're not hungry afterward. Maybe throw a thin cheeze pizza on there for them--it can be the way you'd do it--you can hip it up. But some of us do have kids, do bring them to nice restaurants with us, and we're not getting them the lamb brains for $39. Give us something for them. It's not unhip to consider kids. Your clientele can't be all gay guys and studio execs with their mistresses.
One of the Best in LA – Osteria Mozza has just topped my list of the best restaurants in LA. I've lived here for 10 years and tried a lot of great places. As a self-proclaimed Foodie, I love to try new places. This one is hard to get in to, but a special occasion arose with a business dinner. I love Mario Batali's food and have been to 5 of his restaurants. His LA venture is definitely up to par. The food was amazing. The service was excellent and ultra attentive. The staff was really knowledge and showed their love for food and wine. I tried new things that I would never order normally - grilled octopus and gnocchi with duck ragu. Everything was just SO good. The bisteca and pork tenderloin were very good (a little rare for me, but the quality was so high that it was okay!). Even the desserts were over the top (olive oil gelato is to die for). We spent over 5 hours at Mozza and the time really flew by. The atmosphere and vibe were great and genuine - which is hard to find in a such a pretentious town. This is definitely a restaurant that is worth trying for special occasions. I can't wait until next time!
The food is incredible. The attitude will give you heartburn – Osteria Mozza has delicious food!
I was at Mario Batali’s Osteria Mozza for dinner on October 15, 2009 with the head of a studio (for privacy reasons I will not disclose the name or the studio). As the restaurant is a very trendy LA eatery, I made reservations on September 16 to be able to get a table on October 15 at 6:30 PM. If you’ve never tried making reservations at this restaurant before, let me tell you it is quite a process. Reservations are only accepted 30 days prior from your desired dinning date. They prefer you reserve via their website, but if you insist in speaking with a real person, you may do so by calling on the phone. But first you have to go through a phone maze which tells you to go to their website. Clearly this cuts down on labor costs for them and helps them build their hype on just how difficult it is to get a table.
We were seated and as usual, we had the most delicious dinner. We received correct service, not over the top, just right. The company was great. We were enjoying a delightful evening and friendly conversation. As we finished our entrees, we were debating if we were having desert or not. The waiter approached our table and offered “Cookies To Go”. At first I thought this may be a new trend, so we asked “cookies to go”? The waiter replied “Yes, we need this table for another customer. Didn’t the host tell you we need this table?”. I said “No, no one told us anything and I would like to have desert!” My guests were shocked and in disbelieve this was taking place at Osteria Mozza!
Moments later Rod Bonios, a member of the restaurant’s management team came to the table and announced he had to move us to the bar and would buy us desert or wine to compensate for the inconvenience. I was so shocked, angry, confused and embarrassed in front of my clients. I said “No just bring us the check” He replied “Sorry, I did not mean to ruin your evening. I replied, “You just did.”
Regardless of whom you are, this should never happen in a restaurant, particularly one of this caliber. This clearly demonstrates how little they care about their customers and how full of themselves they are. If they were over booked and there was a special request for our specific table, they should have alerted me when I arrived prior to my guests’ arrival or had the decency to ask to speak with me privately about the situation and avoided creating such an awkward and uncomfortable scene. I should mention we were at a table for four and there was an empty table for four right next to us!
I have been in the luxury business for more years that I would like to admit. I work for a company that owns the most luxurious hotel in the world based in Dubai and I handled the world’s most affluent clients. This is why I chose restaurants like Mario Batali’s Osteria Mozza to celebrate and thank my clients for their support. I paid the bill in full, no discount was offered and I tipped 20+ %. It would have been unfair to punish the waiter. Please share this story with your friends and colleagues who enjoy dinning out and entertain for business reasons. As my friends and colleagues in the hotel industry, studios, high end retail business, food critics and all, I encourage you to be extremely careful before you make reservations at Mario Batali’s Osteria Mozza (if you choose to support them) and to check with the host when you arrive to see if there is a time limit on your dining experience or if they will need your table to accommodate a bigger name.
Make note, the food is incredible. The attitude will give you heartburn.
YUM YUM YUM – I absolutely can't get enough of this place! The food, the ambiance, the feeling I have when I leave! Perfect date place and outstanding food to compliment it! One of my absolute favs in LA!
Overrated! – We decided to check this place out after my cousins rave reviews. Well, it was OVERRATED!!! nothing special about the pizza, maybe only the price. Disappointing.
Excellent Pizzeria – Great experience overall. Should try it sometimes. They recently opened up MOZZA2GO.
Valet Parking Gotcha – The valet parkers put a big ding in my lower rear fender. When I got the car back there was very limited visibility as it was dark and foggy, and I would have had to be on my hands and knees with a flashlight to find the damage so I didn't see it until later when I walked up to my car in daylight.
They said I had no claim because it is posted that you have to file a claim while the car is stil on their property. What a perfect gotcha. So they can and WILL do anything to your car and then, of course, deny it, they won't even look at your car or investigate in any way, and your're screwed.
The managers, when called, said the valet people were wonderful and would take care of everything, but of course they took care of nothing and blew me off. So when I called back the manager apologized and offered me something like a free dessert. Great. A free dessert that costs me $1,500. Some deal.
Stay away from Osteria Mozza until they stand up to their responsibilities and hire a valet company that actually cares about the service they provide.
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