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No Longer a LA BUCA Virgin (short, I promise)

rabo encendido | Oct 12, 200507:00 PM

This is less a review and more of a thank you note to all The Hounds who have posted on this joint in the past.

As has been noted previously, the place is a real shoebox. Seating for twenty in a room fit for ten. Dim, candle-lit atmosphere comensates nicely.

Also, no corkage. By the time our asses hit the seats, our bottle of Chianti is opened and stems provided. Grazzie, signore.

To start:

Insalata Mista---The usual, slightly overdressed.

Crispella---A special. A single, wispy crepe, browned on the outside, sauced with some bechamel. Pancetta and peas floating around. Friggin' delicious.


Tagliatelle a la Bolognese---Simple, meaty, not too rich. Pasta is not exactly al dente, but instead, pleasantly silky. Mrs rabo is gleeful.

Ravioli Something or Other---Sorry. Also a special. Star-shaped ravioli filled with white fish and shrimp. Light cream sauce, again with the pancetta and peas (bad ordering, rabo...) Excellent.

The tiramisu for dessert was phenomenal. Liquor-soaked ladyfinger doused in lighter-than-air, barely sweetened whipped cream. Sweet Jesus.

TIP: If you go for dinner, 7PM is the perfect time. Pre-crowds, and parking opens up on both Melrose and Wilton. We parked five feet from our table.

TIP #2: Try and plan a restroom trip sometime during your visit. You get to walk thru the kitchen and say hi to "Mama". She cooks everything and has a nice smile.

Thank you, estimable Hounds, for another great meal.

La Buca
(323) 462-1900
5210 1/2 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 9003

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