Date Spot Review: Osteria Mozza
Despite seeming to be a go to date spot of Angelenos, Osteria Mozza isn’t one of Gentlemen Only’s favorite spots. The staff is knowledgable and apt, but the atmosphere lacks intimacy and the food isn’t up to the standard we would hope for at its price point.
Osteria Mozza is a pretty large restaurant – It has the hustle and bustle and the darker tones that remind me of a lot of New York restaurants. I think it would be a great ambiance for a friendly get together or a business meeting where you want to impress…. but for a date? Not the level of charm, calm, or romance that is ideal for a budding connection.
The food? Not inexpensive by any means, and just not as good as we would hope for. I had the Smoke Mozzarella di Bufala ($19). Personally I am not a a huge fan of smoked mozzarella, so that is a personal preference that very much could be different than yours, however, while the amount of procuitto was good, the amount of mozzarella was quite small.
My first choice antipasti was sold out (Grilled Black Mission Figs) so that was disappointing. My second choice was the Grilled Octopus with potato, celery, green onion, and lemon ($25). It was okay, nothing to write home about. I would have enjoyed more flavor. I then had the Ricotta and Egg Raviolo with brown butter ($22), which lends itself to some great yelp videos. When you cut into it, the egg oozes out in a mesmerizing fashion.. While the presentation was on point, I found the Raviolo to be disappointing in its flavor profile. It came off pretty bland. My first choice Secondi was also sold out (the Deep Fried Whole Bronzino) which was another let down. I instead had Sea Bass with Harissa. The fish was moist and well prepared, but the Harissa really over powered the light fish.
My favorite part of the meal was dessert, which is no surprise at a Nancy Silverton restaurant. She consistently does a wonderful job in the pastry department. I had the Torta Della Nonna ($13), a very traditional Italian dessert that Osteria Mozza did a wonderful take on. Excellent crust and the weaving in of cheese was unexpected and seamlessly executed.
While Osteria Mozza has its highlights, it isn’t my first pick for a special date. Let us know what you think!