Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Osteria La Buca

I've lived in Hollywood for almost two years and have driven by Osteria La Buca countless of times. The restaurant is housed in a gorgeous loftlike space with red bricks and wood accents, and it has a "pasta room" where the chefs make fresh pasta daily. I finally had a chance to try it a couple weeks ago, and I can't wait to go back again! It's definitely a neighborhood gem.

I am officially obsessed with the Brussels sprouts with egg, grana padano, and white anchovy vinaigrette. It is so freaking amazing, with the crispy Brussels sprout leaves and perfectly runny egg.

Smooth and delicious house-made chicken liver pate, whipped lardo, pickles, and mostardo

Agnolotti with crispy pork belly

I was surprised to find out that the spaghetti cacio pepe was house-made, too. It's pretty rare to find fresh spaghetti. It's a simple but satisfying dish.

Pizza with hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, thyme, and carmelized onions was chewy and savory and umami.

5210 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 462-1900

Christmas in Big Bear

Spontaneous trip to Kevin's family's cabin in Big Bear on Christmas eve.

Isn't this the most adorable Christmas cabin ever?

Co-owned by the Hermans and the Moultons.

Oh yes, that's a dead fox behind the Christmas tree.

Roaring fireplace

Christmas breakfast with bacon, eggs, and pandan cake!

Punk rock snowman