Sunday, November 14, 2010

Osteria Mamma (Los Angeles – Mid Wilshire)

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I acquired a 30% off discount through Blackboardeats.com  and made my way here on a Saturday night.  The restaurant is located on the southeast corner of Melrose/Lucerne.

They have valet service for $5 but if you can find street parking, do it and hold onto that Lincoln - It'll buy you a couple of [non-alcoholic] drinks (NO ALCOHOL SERVED HERE)!  Parking can easily be had on Lucerne.

Once you arrive, you'll notice 4 tables outside.  I don't think I'd like to eat alfresco here.  t's just kinda out there and too many cars pass by.  Nothing Alfresco about inhaling noxious tailpipe exhaust while you eat, if you ask me.

Inside, the restaurant is simple in decor.  Or if, you're a "glass-half-empty," kinda person, the interior is BARE.  The restaurant looked like it was closed to the public and we were there for a soft opening...or like they were literally minutes away from serving their final meal there and ready to close shop forever.  I mean, it looks like they rented this location to do business on a temporary basis only.

The Food:

The Bread Starter was rather boring.  It came with a thin tomato sauce made from fresh tomatoes.  - 1.5 stars

The 4 Stagioni/Seasons Pizza was somewhat better but a little lackluster in flavor and the crust was soggy towards the center.  - 2.5 stars  

The Gemelli alla Vodka  was decent but the pasta was overcooked.  - 2 stars

My favorite dish was the Pappardelle al Fumo.  It was smokey and the Pasta was cooked just right.  I wish it hadn't been so saucy, however.  Better yet, I wish I had some bread to sop up the excess sauce.  - 3.5 stars

The staff was nice and Mamma Loredana (?) came by to check up on us on more than one occasion.

They used to allow you to BYOB but that has been discontinued and they do not offer Beer, Wine or Cocktails.  They are in the process of obtaining their liquor license.

I'm giving this place 3 stars but it would have been 2.5 had it not been for the 30% discount.



Bread Starter with Thin Fresh Tomato Sauce.


 
4 Stagioni Pizza – Tomato Sauce, Black Olives, Artichokes, Ham, Mushrooms & Mozzarella Cheese.



Gemelli alla Vodka - Pink Sauce, Shrimp, Vodka & Peperoncino.


 
Pappardelle al Fumo - Pink Sauce, Bacon, Scamorza Cheese & Oregano.


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