Osteria Mozza (Los Angeles, CA) 
6602 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Dining date: 11/5/15
I’ve been to the Mozzaplex a bunch of times over the years, but this meal was a unique one. It was part of the Chase Private Dinner Series open to Chase Sapphire cardholders. A $175 ticket included everything from food, wine, tax, gratuity and valet, as well as some time with the chef (Nancy Silverton) and sommelier. It was my first time trying a dinner in this series and I wanted to see what it was all about.
Passed appetizers came by while diners sipped on prosecco. The offerings included mozzarella & fontina cheese pizza from next door, arancini, and these yellowtail crudo spoonfuls.
Bufala Mozzarella prosciutto di parma
A simple plate of prosciutto and housemade mozzarella was the first course.
Butternut Squash Mezzelune
Next was a dish of half-moon pasta, filled with a sweet butternut squash purée in a sage-butter sauce.
Garganelli duck ragu
Garganelli pasta had a nice chew with a delicious duck ragu; however, I would’ve preferred the lukewarm dish to be served hotter.
Brasato al Barolo polenta & horseradish gremolata
The short rib was tender, beefy and served with a rich sauce. There was plenty of flavor and the whole wheat polenta was an ideal way to soak up the extra sauce.
Pumpkin Gelato Pie rum raisin sauce & candied pecans
An ice cream cake met pumpkin pie in this dessert. It was probably just me, but it didn’t end up as good as it sounded – I didn’t love the pumpkin gelato.
Osteria Mozza has always sat in my ‘good-but-not-great’ bucket, something reconfirmed by this recent meal. While I generally enjoyed most of the dishes, none of them were likely to be memorable. As for whether this Chase Private Dinner Series ticket was ‘worth it,’ I’m not sure. I do think $175 was lower than the all-included retail value of everything we had, but it wasn’t the most interesting menu for me. The restaurant was very generous with the wine pours, however.
Doesn’t look like it’s worth $175 to me.