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A few questions about a Bday tasting menu choice (PROVIDENCE OR OSTERIA MOZZA)

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A few questions about a Bday tasting menu choice (PROVIDENCE OR OSTERIA MOZZA)

sarahbeths | Aug 11, 2010 01:03 PM

For my 30th bday I can't go out of town because of work, so we're going to do two fancy foodie dinners to make up for it, two nights in a row. First night is at Cut, reservation made.

The second night I'm thinking either Providence Full Tasting menu or Osteria Mozza Pasta tasting. The main factors that are confusing me are price and assurance that I will love it. The thing is I am obsessed with pasta and I'm a huge italian food snob, having lived in Italy. I ate at Batali's Lupa in NYC, loved it, it was very authentic. But then I was very, very disappointed with Pizzeria Mozza, which isn't authentic italian pizza at all, in my opinion, and I think to be one of the most overrated restaurants in LA. Some say Osteria is quite different because its less Nancy Silverton's influence and more Mario's (where Pizzeria is the other way around). I do want to try Osteria Mozza some time and the pasta menu, I just would be sad if on my bday weekend I felt another disappointment. The price point is good though for bday dinner #2. I have been to all of the other lauded pasta places (I think: angelini, valentino, la bottle, il pastaio, piccolo in venice, drago) and want to do something new for this birthday and a tasting. Also a sucker for notching my michelin star belt.

Providence for obvious reasons, it is the number one restaurant in terms of prestige in LA. I am quite the epicure and would love to experience this, though I'd feel kinda bad socking my boyfriend with two bills of that magnitude in one weekend. I was thinking maybe if we did the tasting menu (110) but brought our own wine ($30 corkage) it would be acceptable. Would this be incredibly tacky? I just don't care *that* much about wine and can't drink more than 2 glasses anyway (the wine tasting pairings are a bit much wine, and unless someone rich is paying, not a good value from my perspective).

What do you say, chows?

I think I'm also going to Melisse with a friend to co-celebrate our respective bdays, but that would be another weekend (and my boyfriend not on the hook for that bill)

Thank you for any thoughts!

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Pizzeria Mozza
641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Osteria Mozza
6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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