Osteria la Buca is located on Melrose Ave, two blocks East of Paramount Studios on the edge of Hollywood. We celebrate the gift that is Southern ... More
Osteria la Buca is located on Melrose Ave, two blocks East of Paramount Studios on the edge of Hollywood. We celebrate the gift that is Southern California produce and grass roots Italian cooking. We have a focused list of Italian and California wines and offer a full bar specializing in boutique spirits from around the world. All of our pastas are prepared on premise daily. We represent handmade, local and farm fresh traditions. We welcome all to gather around our tables.
Utterly embarrassing---11/23 Reservation 8:30 pm
We had been looking forward to the expansion of this great quaint restaurant expecting the service AND food quality would carry over into the new digs. Unfortunately what we just encountered tonight was a major disappointment that will go into our books as the worst service experience in Los Angeles in 10 years. Start with a maitre' d that refused to give us a table for 2 with ample window views because '..they were expecting someone'. The table remained empty for the duration of our dinner. No water and no bread baskets were offered and/or brought to us until we requested them. As we're starting on our 3rd wine glass, almost every waiter on the floor had been sent our way to ask us to place our main course order to which we kindly refused to do and tried to go back to having a relaxed drink and conversation. But the most astonishing and embarrassing antic on their end was the refusal to 'split' a main course pasta dish that we decided to share as an appetizer with the excuse that 'Mamma was too busy in the kitchen'. Now, we really don't know if the so-called 'Mamma' even exists or if she's a 'marketing element' but we ended up having to 'split' our own appetizer while half of the tables around us remained empty. Either 'Mamma' was taking care of some large catering order or she was hitting the 'Chianti' too hard but we did not see any evidence of the so-called 'business' that we were told about. Once my pizza came to the table, it was served on one of those re-usable metal serving plates with no 'stand' and no plates in sight.
We really don't know how much money they spent on their expansion but one thing is for certain, they will not have the benefit of our patronage from this point on and we will certainly make sure we share this story with as many of our restaurant-loving friends as possible. Unfortunate and sad. Cheers.
Filippo!! Please take care of this and better train your staff.
This place rocks. Enjoying a meal at La Buca will transport you to one of your favorite places in Italy. For starters, the pasta is fresh and home made and there's a great selection of sauces. I was there the other day to have a light lunch. Chef Loredana Cecchinato, made me a baked trout with spinach that affected me like some sort of love potion. I fell further under Laredana's spell with every bite. I'll be at her table every chance I get.
I thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and the waitress was very nice and very attentive. The food was great, I had the special lobster pasta, and especially the tiramisu for dessert, it was one of the best i have ever had, so light it was like eating air.
If you've been to Italy, you know that you'll find the best food in small, cozy restaurants, that have been owned by the same family for centuries. Now you can have the same atmosphere and the same dedication to taste and tradition here in LA! In fact, if you're lucky enough to stop by a day she's working, Mamma (the owner Filippo's mom) will cook for you.
The owner go a long way picking all the right ingredients to prepare italian food as its best. The cuisine is mostly northern italian and I would recomend all the pastas that they make from scratch, the burrata, and the panna cotta.
terrific home made pastas with different sauces (e.g., delicious saffron and pancetta); great thin crust pizza; grilled vegetable antipasto pleasantly notable for its lack of oil; friendly service; tight but not uncomfortable seating; very very few tables; limited (one nightly?) meat courses; no liquor license, so byo wine, etc. An immediate favorite of all five who dined with me. A neighborhood place that is no longer a secret.
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