So this finally happened. I’ve been driving by Osteria La Buca every so often for almost 10 years now… each time looking to see how many people are sitting inside, wondering if they’re enjoying their food and the warm atmosphere that can be seen through their tall windows. I first discovered them when I was doing an internship in the West Hollywood area. The office was off of La Brea Ave. and I would take Melrose to the 101 to get home. The first time I noticed them was during their remodel. There was a tiny portion of the restaurant open, the “PIZZA” sign was blazing and there was always a line out the door when I drove by.
Valet parking is available for around $8. I was running a little late for my reservation, so did not have enough time for street parking. Street parking is available around the corner if you have a little bit of time to look. There is only one attendant there, so hang tight in your car until they show up. There’s a great little sign outside as you pull up, which basically sums up what I’ve been doing for the last 10 years.
The interior is so great. There’s high ceilings, exposed concrete and brick. Most of the people dining were parties of two. There’s a long banquette that spans the entire storefront that curves around into the smaller room that was open during their renovation. Larger parties get to sit upstairs in their pasta room, which I would love to experience. From where I sat, I could see into the room which is located right above their bar.
The food was amazing. We ordered one item from each section. We had everything come out as it was ready and each entrée came out at a nice pace. We started with their wonderful focaccia bread and it just got better and better from there.
The dessert menu was simple but fantastic. It’s always such a treat when restaurants make their own gelato. We ordered the Ricotta Zeppole and it came with the most delightful pumpkin gelato!
It made me so happy to have made it out to Osteria La Buca. I did want to kick myself for not coming sooner, but I will definitely make time to get out there to try their brunch in the very near future.