Last night we went to La Buca on Melrose and Wiltern, is a bad neighborhood, even if it is close to ritzy Hancock Park, when we pulled up in front of the restaurant we had to go around an old abandoned couch sitting on the curb. When we entered the restaurant it was tiny, crowded and noisy. We were seated immediately,the restaurant couldn't hold more than 20 people, very casual. It reminded me of a place I ate in down a cobblestone alley in Milan. We started with several appetizers, the burrata with prosciutto was to die for, the Calamari perfectly done with a great sauce to dip, the Bruscetta was just what it was suppossed to be, a thin garlic toast, with cubes of tomato in fantastic olive oil and basil. I had a lamb loin, it was well done, but tender as butter and covered with a delicious sauce, one of our party had a pasta dish with just tomatoes and basil and a light tomato sauce, great! Another had eggplant parmesan, and another Pizza, everything was good or great. No corkage here as they don't sell wine. The place was tiny, noisy, and very very casual, I loved it. The total bill with tip was $75 a couple.