This thread is an oldy, but it seems to be the best place to put this update since there isn’t much talk of Osteria Mozza as of late. We had a great meal there last night.
Mozzarella from Puglia (w/ leeks & garlic bread)
Look at this mozza planet. I kid you not, there were tiny mozzarella moons orbiting this oil-drenched orb. And it comes with a comet of garlic bread. This is my happy place. One of my favorite things ever. It was sold as being a limited run, so it doesn’t seem to be a constant on the menu, but if you see it… immortality: take it - it’s yours!
(EDIT: Sounds like this Puglia mozz is actually a regular on the Osteria menu but is only available on certain days of the week.)
Orecchiette (w/ sausage, swiss chard & bread crumbs)
I remembered @Haeldaur mention this as a favorite LA noodle dish, and I see why. Oh how I loved chewing on these little ears. Note: this was a half portion as they kindly split the dish for us.
Ricotta Gnudi (w/ morels, green garlic & English peas)
And now we get to the morel of the story… This was wonderful. The ricotta-filled eyes to heaven were so delicate and popped with subliminality of the highest order. The flavor of sauce and morels reminded me of the brown shag carpet in my childhood home - substantial and dense yet warm and enveloping.
Whole Roasted Purple Yam (w/ apple cider, mascarpone, horseradish & crispy shallots)
Roasted Baby Carrots (w/ pumpkin seeds, carrot leaf pesto, coriander & dill)
I’ll eat anything with dill. ANYTHING.
Candied Kumquat Semifreddo (w/ pistachio, cocoa nib brittle & chocolate)
The Godfather of desserts. “You broke my heart, (semi)Fredo.” I probably preferred the strawberry version from Hachet Hall, but this was good. Could have been great if there had been more of the candied kumquat than the one piece.
We sat at the Mozzarella bar and found the service friendly and the right amount of attentive. The vibes were right, amigos. Perhaps Osteria is old hat to many of the FTC vets and so it’s not quite the exciting spot to be, but I’ll be happy to return when I do.