Nancy Silverton and Joe Bastianich created the Italian Army knife of restaurants with Osteria Mozza, which combines a high-end Italian restaurant with a lively amaro bar and a mozzarella bar, where Silverton herself can be found preparing dishes with mozzarella and burrata. This Michelin-starred institution turns out seasonal pastas that never miss, including the Calf’s Brain Ravioli, Ricotta & Egg Raviolo, and Gnocchi with duck ragu. Pastry chef Shiri Nagar makes sure the desserts—like the moist Rosemary Olive Oil Cake and Meyer Lemon Gelato Pie—keep pace. The only thing this mozza doesn’t have is pizza, but neighboring Pizzeria Mozza more than covers that territory.
How to book: Reservations are available online.
Mozza Restaurant Group’s trio of all-star restaurants—Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, and Chi Spacca—also fall just a little outside of Hollywood’s borders, but they’re worth fudging the lines a little. Osteria Mozza serves rich and refined Italian classics, with an emphasis on pasta and mozzarella. Pizzeria Mozza helped define and refine the California Neo-Neapolitan style, with a tangy sourdough crust and interesting veggie-focused toppings. And Chi Spacca is dedicated to large-format proteins cooked over a wood fire, famous for their titanic pork chop and massive dry-aged steaks. Whichever one you visit, though, you should certainly end your meal with the trademark—and totally unbeatable—Butterscotch Budino.