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Osteria Mamma

5730 Melrose Ave. (Larchmont Blvd.) Send to Phone
323-284-7060 | Menu
"Mamma" and family turn out some first-rate pastas and pizzas at this homey trattoria.
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Osteria Mamma Restaurant Review

: On a Melrose Avenue street corner you'll find this homey trattoria from Filippo Cortivo and his "Mamma" (Loredana Cecchinato), whose memorable cooking at Osteria la Buca enchanted Angelenos. The space is split into two dining areas and there's a small bar backed by a display of wine bottles. Lining the walls are vintage family photos and chalkboards listing daily specials. Customers might begin with a tre colori salad of radicchio, Belgian endive, baby arugula and aged Grana Padano, or crostini topped with burrata and black truffles, served with prosciutto on the side. Mamma makes the pasta fresh daily, and dishes like linguine alla carbonara and pappardelle al fumo (pink sauce with guanciale, scamorza cheese and oregano) are heartily satisfying. Another winner is the light and moist gnocchi. The thin-crusted pizzas are among the best in town, including one topped with mozzarella, Gorgonzola, bacon and a soft-cooked egg. Carnivores will want to go for the grilled and sliced New York steak. Desserts include panna cotta, a surprisingly light but generously plated tiramisu, and fruit tarts. The wine list is exclusively Italian and the service is delightful, including an occasional visit from Mamma herself.

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