I love Italian food. I know some people don't because its over played out, a tiring trend, or its just a thing thats to somple to like ( something of which i disagree on )
Booked a tabled and made it to one of my favorite spots with six other people to osteria mozza. Nancy Silverton is a great baker/pastry whisper. I know la brea is on a national front now but her shop osteria mozza, and pizzeria mozza is fantastic with the aid of Matt Mollina, and aid from Mario Batail/Joe Bastianich.
Ribolitta alla defina soup (i know it doesn't look like but its close to be the real thing with a touch of refinement)
Braised tripe with mint and tomato
Burrata with caviar, lemon, onion, and bottarga
Burricota (burrata stuffed with ricotta) asparagus, brown butter, and pancetta
Grilled octopus, celery, potato
I love the idea of the mozzarella bar with the slight additions and think its great that bread doesn't need to be served with it.
The pasta program though is what I truly love about this place.
Cold squid ink chittara - uni - jalapeno - crab. This is a riff on a classic dish from sicily where they serve pasta with a room temp sharp sauce. This was awesome though.
Fettucini with wild boar ragu
Egg yolk raviolo, sage, brown butter, and ricotta. The ricotta was almost custard like.
Maltagliati (badly cut) with a duck ragu
My favorite red sauce pasta buccatini alla amatricana. Pretty much a roman staple of onion, guanciale, pecorino, and chilie
Calf brain ravioli. Just melts in your mouth with a little butter and herbs.
The famous beef cheek ravioli with crushed squab liver as the sauce.
Clams, pancetta, green garlic, linguine. Such a simpe dish but simple is better. The texture of this pasta was crazy considering it tasted like a dried pasta with the amount of bite it had.
Sweetbreads, veal demi, lemon, spinach. The best plate of sweetbreads i've ever tried
Rosemary bread, olive oil cake, olive oil gelato with rosemary. Nice and light
Banana fritters, rum raisin ice cream. How can you really go wrong.
Thankfully with some friends help, we got treated to a tasting of grappa. Not knowing my limit of not saying no, I said why not. Apparently they have 80 bottles in house.
Down the struck about 5 minutes away we drive and make it to sun of a gun. I know some people here didn't care for it but personally I love this place over animal. To be far though, I'm a little more partial to seafood than meat. Both are great spots though.
Hamachi, radish, apple, fava, kalbi vinaigrette. Love this. I enjoy places that use bits of meat here and there more for flavoring than just putting meat on a plate.
Shrimp toast sandwich. Yes....i know its rich (some will say greasy) but the siracha mayo on this makes it seem more than it is. Still a great dish though.
Can't really go wrong with oysters.
Lobster roll. Its great but I think what really sets this one apart from others is the bun they use. Buttery, crunchy and the right amount of chew
There were more dishes, smoked mahi fish dip, uni with burrata, salmon with kiwi and a habanero sauce, cheese pie, italian hamburger, fried chicken sandwich with spicy bnb pickles, bentons ham hush puppies, skate wing w/ brandade ravioli and grainy mustard. The pictures were just too tiny / i had too much to drink and couldn't take a picture to save my life.
I must say the burger from eggslut food truck is pretty rad though.
6602 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Son Of a Gun
8370 W. 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048