One of my favorite restaurants in LA is Osteria Mozza. It is THE solid fine dining Italian restaurant by Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton, & Joseph Bastianich that feels like an adventure each time I go there. The crowd can be a bit “LA” if you know what I mean, but don’t let it phase you. The staff is always pleasant, accomadating and non-pretentious.
The Mozzarella Bar Menu is extensive, cocktails are delicious (try the Benfatto if you like whiskey), with primi and secondi menus with something for every taste. I sat at the Mozzarella Bar for the first time and was able to see Nancy Silverton in action. I highly recommend sitting there for casual occasions.
Here are some highlights of my last visit:
bacon, marinated escarole & caramelized shallots