WHY The mozzarella tasting plate, grilled octopus with potatoes, celery and lemon, orecchiette pasta with sausage and swiss chard, pan-roasted sea trout with Umbrian lentils—in fact, pretty much everything.
WHAT The frenzy that built around the opening of this joint venture between Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Nancy Silverton may have subsided, but getting a table in this simply handsome dining room is still not easy. Happily, it’s well worth the effort, thanks to the terrific pastas, hearty Batali-style main courses and a lavish array of cheese-based nibbles made in front of the dozen people who managed to score seats at the mozzarella bar. The (pricey) wine list is a whirlwind tour of Italy, from Alto Adige to Sicilia.
WHO Batali and/or Silverton groupies, celebrities, and the L.A. elite.
Region: Central City
Features: A Scene, Dinner, Essentially L.A., Private Room, Vegetarian
Price Range: $10-$16, $25-$33
Cuisine Type: Italian, Modern American