Status: Soft opens tonight
Back in October came word that co-owner Filippo Cortivo and his beloved Mamma had left Osteria La Buca, an expanded Italian gem praised for Mamma's rustic dishes and handmade pasta. Word on the street was that Osteria La Buca wasn't staying true to its Italian roots and was going down a more Americanized path, thus Filippo wanted out. Diners sent frantic emails wondering where Mamma had gone, and here now the light at the end of the tunnel. Filippo took over the old Seafood Village space in Hancock Park and tonight the transformed eatery will reopen with a 100% Mamma menu. Polipolata (grilled octopus with celery, lemon, olive oil, potatoes), Bresaola e Grana (beef prosciutto with grana padano), Trenette Nere alla Bottarga (black squid ink linguine with cherry tomatoes, shrimp bottarga), Agnello al Balsamico (lamb chop in balsamic reduction, roasted potatoes), and Arianna pizza (mozzarella, walnuts, speck, truffle oil) to name a few.
Most dishes are reasonably priced with appetizers and salads between $6 and $15, panini around $8, homemade pasta between $12 and $18, meat/fish entrees between $15 and $26, and finally thin crust pizzas around $14. While the soft opening does take place this evening, the official grand debut won't happen for another two to three weeks.
Additional Reading:Filippo Cortivo's Next Restaurant Revealed, 1/25; Stormy Weather Hits Osteria La Buca: Filipop and Mamma Are Out, 10/9
Additional Photos: Eater LA Flickr Page