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La Buca - count me among the many fans on this board!

Megan | Nov 14, 200502:32 PM

My SO and I went on Saturday night for dinner. The phone was busy for hours, so we just showed up at 7:45 - we had to wait 40 min or so b/c a large party had finished but stayed an additional 45 min - but we were lucky enough to get in period given the popularity (of late) of La Buca. I had eaten there on 2 previous occasions - the first time it was freezing in there, which overshadowed the meal. The 2nd time I ordered the pasta w/ pesto, which others on this board raved about, but I did not care for (note that my SO liked it very much). However, before La Buca got too busy to deliver to Silver Lake anymore, we enjoyed many a delivered meal from La Buca. Given the reviews on this board recently, I was determined to eat there again and see what I thought. Boy am I glad I did!

During our wait, which turned out to be longer than estimated given that the large party would not leave,
the owner(?) opened our wine and poured a little into plastic cups, so that we had something to drink. A shame to drink decent wine like that, but it helped to pass the time. :)

We were seated as soon as a different party left, and our wine was immediately poured into glasses. We started by sharing the fabulous proscuitto, arugula and burrata appetizer. We have had this many times and I have to say - it is just sinfully delicious every time. It also was enough to share. The only thing I'd say is that there is more cheese than anything else- not that I want less burrata (blasphemy!), but a little more proscuitto would not hurt. Anyway, it was a great start. (I did notice the table next to us order the fried calamari, which made me wish there were 4 in my party b/c it looked delectable).

My SO ordered the pizza with sausage and mushrooms, which was very good. I ordered the tagliatelle bolognese, which was delicate--just the way I like it--and tasty. This was clearly the standout dish of the night, and my SO ate much more than the portion I gave him (which was large), and he was raving about it. I would have liked some of the parmesan that was on my SO's pizza (instead of the kind they sprinkle on the pasta), but all in all - terrific - reminded me of Angelini, just with a slightly heartier sauce.

We ended with a double espresso and the tiramisu. I had to talk my SO into the tiramisu b/c he usually hates it, but I told him the chowhounds raved about it. Thank you, everyone! It was heaven in a bowl - I could have just eaten the marscapone cheese by itself, it was fluffy and delicious. What an ending.

At $52 before tip, how can you beat that?

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