Archive for March 14th, 2010

Amaro Bar at Osteria Mozza Three Course Menu $35 Incl./ Glass of Wine – Los Angeles

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

By Sandy Driscoll

Osteria Mozza (image credit: Osteria Mozza)

Amaro Bar at Osteria Mozza
6602 Melrose Avenue
 Los Angeles, CA 90038
Tel. 323-297-0100
Website Amaro Menu:
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 5:30pm – 11pm
; Saturday: 5:00pm – 11pm
; Sunday: 5:00pm – 10pm
Dress Code: Dressy
Credit Cards: Yes
Prices: Osteria Mozza: Expensive (Amaro Bar Special Menu: Inexpensive)

Pizzaria Mozza & Osteria Mozza are owned by Nancy Silverton, Mario Batalli and Joseph Bastianich & every Sunday through Thursday Osteria Mozza offers a special three-course menu and a glass of either Bastianich Friulano or La Mozza Morellino di Scansano, exclusively at the “Amaro Bar.”

I had dinner with a friend on Monday evening.   I think there is not a better food deal in all of LA than this . . .
On Sun-Thurs, Osteria Mozza offers a 3 course meal (choose one appetizer from their Mozzarella Bar, one Pasta and one dessert) plus a glass of  very nice Italian (red or white) wine for only $35!!   You have to sit at their Amaro Bar, which is first come, first served.
We had no problem being seated at 6:30, and shared everything.   By 7, it was pretty full.

The food was superb . . . Pasta portions were relatively small, but believe me, we had plenty to eat, and were full when we left.   It’s a super deal . . .

Follow the link above to look at the Amaro Bar Menu and click on ‘menu’ to see Nancy’s Mozzarella Bar & pasta selections.   The desserts we had are not on
the online menu (I think they change them often) but were absolutely deliciously decadent and fabulous!
Complimentary Amuse Bouche: Crostini, Burrata, Basil & Currants (image credit: Sandy Driscoll)Complimentary Amuse . . . Crostini, Burrata, Basil & Currants

Burricotta (photo credit: Sandy Driscoll)Burricotta w/Braised Artichokes, Pine Nuts, Currants & Mint Pesto

Burrata w/Bacon, Marinated Escarole & Caramelized Shallots (image credit: Sandy Driscoll)Burrata w/Bacon, Marinated Escarole & Caramelized Shallots

Gnocchi (image credit: Sandy Driscoll)Gnocchi w/Chanterelles, Shallots & Greens  (The Gnocchi were only slightly smaller than golf ball size)
Maltagliali (image credit: Sandy Driscoll)Maltagliali w/ Wild Boar Ragu

Warm Chocolate Cake (image credit: Sanady Driscoll)This was like a Molten Chocolate Cake with homemade honey ice cream, sauce and candied almonds

Cornet (image credit: Sandy Driscoll)They called this a “Cornet” with a delicious creamy filling, ice cream, nuts and star shaped candied fruits

Oriental Spa – Summer Discounts for Thai Residents – Bangkok

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Oriental Spa (image credit: Oriental Spa)Available to Thai Residents only from 15 May until 31 May 2010, between 10 am to 3 pm – For reservations & information please contact +66 (2) 659 9000 ext. 7440 or email:

Mo – Chica, Peruvian Restaurant – Los Angeles

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

By Sandy Driscoll

Mo Chica (image credit: Sandy Driscoll)Mo – Chica, Peruvian Restaurant with a definite Japanese Influence

Mo – Chica
3655 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles CA 90007
Tel. 213-747-2141
Opening Hours: Mon: 11-4pm/ 6-8pm; Tues-Sat: 11-4pm/ 6pm-9:45pm
No License to serve alcohol: Hence it is not allowed on the premises
Dress Code: Casual
Credit Cards: Yes
Prices: Inexpensive

Looking for reasonably priced, adventuresome eating, where every bite is a sensational taste revelation?

This is it!   A little gem . . . a Peruvian Restaurant just off the 110 freeway, near downtown & USC.   Los Angeles Magazine has already crowned them as one of the top 10 new restaurants of the year.  Most on the rest of their list are fancy dancy high end spots.   This is not . . . just delicious, fresh food, artfully prepared and presented by a former sushi chef who will probably make the Bon Appetite list of top chefs in the next couple of years.

Enjoy it while you can!   This is why we foodies love living in LA . . . to find a place like this!!  (Thank you, Merion & Tom!)
This tasting menu was a very reasonable $35!

Napkin & Tasting Menu (image credit: Sandy Driscoll)Mo – Chica Napkin and Tasting Menu   02/25/10

Quinoa Soup (image credit: Sandy Driscoll)Soup,  Quinoa, Jerusalem Artichokes

Causa (image credit: Sandy Driscoll)Causa, Santa Barbara Sardines, Escabeche Sauce

Cerviche (image credit: Sandy Driscoll)Ceviche,  Seared Albacore, Gooseberries Aquaimanto Marmalade, Leche de Tigre

Cau-Cau (image credit: Sandy Driscoll)Cau-Cau de Mariscos,  Confit Potato & Garlic, Mix seafood, Aji Amarillo Mint Sauce

Corn Nuts (image credit: Sandy Driscoll)Corn Nuts, Peruvian Style

Cerviche de Pato (image credit: Sandy Driscoll)Ceviche de Pato,  Braised Duck Leg, Ceviche Orange Sauce

Chocolate Nikkei (image credit Sandy Driscoll)Chocolate Nikki,  Guava moose Chocolate Tempura, Pistachio Ice Cream