6610 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Dining date: 6/6/15
I was at Chi Spacca just a couple of months prior but returned to introduce the restaurant to some others that had heard great things. It’s a perfect spot for a carnivorous group such as us. Given the format of the menu (primarily large portions of meat), big parties do best here. Luckily, we had a party of seven which allowed us a chance to try a bunch of items.
We began with a bottle of bubbly.
NV flor prosecco
Focaccia di Recco stracchino, olive oil
The crispy, airy, cheesy focaccia was the first item served to us.
Grilled Octopus pureed & fried cici, parsley leaf
Octopus had a great sear while maintaining a tender texture. Bright citrus flavors and a creamy chickpea purée were nice accompaniments.
We moved into a red wine for the meats.
2013 Prisoner Wine Company “The Prisoner” Napa Valley Red Blend
Beef & Bone Marrow Pie beef cheek, cippolini, funghi
The pie was as good as usual – rich and hearty with a flaky crust.
Butter Lettuces fines herbs, lemon vinaigrette
Butter lettuces were light with bright acidity, complementing the pie.
Tomahawk Pork Chop fennel pollen
This was my first time eating the tomahawk pork chop. It certainly impressed, cooked a juicy medium rare with fennel pollen providing great accented flavor. Portions of the belly section came with the loin; it was nicely grilled with plenty of rich meat.
Bistecca Fiorentina 50oz prime black angus porterhouse
One of the most notable items on the menu, we also got the huge 50-ounce bistecca fiorentina. It had a great crusty sear though the interior was a little under compared to past visits – more rare than medium rare. It still made for some delicious beefy bites.
Roasted Cauliflower crushed lemon bagna cauda
Cauliflower had plenty of caramelization and a subtle smokiness.
Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons
We walked over to Salt & Straw for a sweet treat. I’ve had the sea salt and caramel ribbons before and it was just as phenomenal this time. It was a great take on the classic salted caramel ice cream.
This visit to Chi Spacca was about as good as previous visits. The meats (and pie!) were clearly the highlight and they satisfied in pretty much every way. The octopus and sides didn’t disappoint either.