After being away from Osteria la Buca for well over ten years, I picked it for a business lunch “between Pasadena and Beverly Hills.” The short rib ravioli was quite good, with fresh pasta and tasty sauce. So I scheduled another lunch for the same group several weeks later.
The pappardelle bolognese was outstanding, with fresh pasta perfectly cooked and a rich bolognese sauce. It reminded me of Felix, but Venice isn’t exactly between Pasadena and Beverly Hills.
After two winners, I decided to go for dinner with my wife. We ordered and shared the buca farm lettuces salad, the conchiglie pasta and the rib eye steak, after a woman at the next table was raving about it.
Salad was salad. Conchiglie pasta with morels was okay. Nothing wrong with it, however it didn’t rise to the level of the pappardelle I had the previous week. But the unexpected star of the meal was the rib eye steak. It had a delightful crust, and was cooked perfectly medium rare. It was served with a sauce that really brought out the beefy flavor. And it had cilantro leaves over the top, which when mixed with the sauce was kind of like a very fresh chimichuri. It was served with squash which provided different texture and much milder taste for variety. Wow. This was an unexpected treat.
Tiramisu for dessert was nothing to write home about. I’m still thinking about that steak.