Burrata cheese has made its way to countless menus around Los Angeles. It’s an Italian semi-soft cheese made from mozzarella and cream but once cut into, the buttery contents spill out adding richness to whatever element it’s accompanying. In addition, burrata’s versatility brings well-rounded dishes that can be found on pizzas, pastas, and small plates alike. Here now, 15 excellent burrata dishes that Eater highly recommends around Los Angeles.Read More
14 Decadent Burrata Dishes to Start Off Meals in LA
Always order the burrata
1. Native Santa Monica
Chef Nyesha Arrington’s restaurant Native in Santa Monica received a solid early review from Jonathan Gold. Here, the chestnut spaghetti with mushrooms, snow peas and local burrata is hearty and filling, separating it from the more appetizer-friendly burrata dishes around town.
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2. Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
Bay Cities has been known for years for its godmother sandwich but for something less meat-heavy, go for the burrata caprese. It’s spread with burrata, basil, onion and tomato crushed inside the freshly baked Bay Cities bread.
3. Stella Barra Pizzeria
Both Stella Barra locations in Hollywood and Santa Monica do their own adaptation of the burrata small plate. In Santa Monica, burrata is served with grilled grapes, house bread, and olive oil while the Hollywood location adds tomato jam for a more classic approach.
With many flavorful dishes choose on Gjelina’s wide menu, it’s easy to forget about the cheese situation. Decide between two burrata toasts, one with anchovy for an added saltiness or try the burrata with olive tapenade and balsamic for a little sweetness.
5. The Tasting Kitchen
Another Abbot Kinney favorite, Tasting Kitchen, makes a gnocco fritto, which is like a fried bread pillow alongside salami and prosciutto. Add the burrata option and wrap the salami around the gnocco for a pretty awesome first bite.
6. Playa Provisions
There are plenty of burrata sandwich variations in LA but the one at Playa Provisions is unique with tomato cashew pesto and caramelized onions loaded on ciabatta bread. Grab the sandwich to go and enjoy it at a nearby beach for a relaxing lunch.
7. Obicà Mozzarella Bar
For all the cheese aficionados, Obicà is a mozzarella bar that makes choosing what to get harder in light of all the options. Still can’t decide? Go for the mozzarella bar experience for three to four people and have an array of choices including salami, burrata, caponata, and basil pesto focaccina.
8. Love & Salt
For a straightforward burrata dish, head to Manhattan Beach’s Love & Salt. With local peas, radish, olive oil and burrata, it’s a bright segue to a richer second course.
9. Jon & Vinny's
Jon & Vinny’s “LA Women” is like an elevated Margherita pizza with fresh local burrata, tomato, and basil. Fresh ingredients and simplicity always go a long way and don’t forget to grab a rainbow cookie on the way out.
10. Osteria Mozza
Nancy Silverton’s celebrated Italian restaurant serves a fantastic burrata dish with spring peas, speck, parmesan, and mint. It’s a master class in simplicity.
11. Pizzeria Mozza
Nancy Silverton’s mastery in all things flavor is a known fact and the squash blossom pizza with burrata at Pizzeria Mozza is no different. Enjoy it with a nice full-bodied red for the full effect.
12. Pasta Sisters
For fresh pasta and a more casual environment, head to Pasta Sisters. Here’s a secret menu tip: add a huge serving of burrata to enhance the pasta experience. However, only the pesto, tomato basil or arrabbiata pasta are allowed special treatment.
13. Cento Pasta Bar
Although Cento’s menu changes weekly, the star dish here is the uni pasta with crab. By adding the dollop of burrata, it boosts the pasta to an even higher level of richness. This weekday popup takes over Mignon in Downtown during lunch hours.
Bestia prepares a light and delicious burrata small plate with snap peas, garlic confit, peppermint and Serrano chili for some heat, perfect for spring.