DTLA: Dining at Zucca
Last week, I was invited to check out the Piazza at Zucca in Downtown Los Angeles. I had been once before for a reception for ARIA, LA Opera’s young professionals group but it was quite late at night and I was tired after the opera. I always meant to go back because I liked the space. The piazza is the outdoor patio (would be also be great for lunch) or the cozy indoor dining room, brightly painted with Italian scenes that seem almost operatic to me.
Zucca just started offering pizza and small plates for $12 and under on the patio only from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. We ordered a bottle of wine off their Decade of Wine list (specially priced until February 6). Incidentally, it’s Decade of Wine at all Patina restaurants. These wines were selected as the best wines of each Patina restaurant. We wanted to try the Cor d’Orica di Rosso but it turned out they were out of it and instead gave us another very yummy Rosso.
The Zucca pizza is roasted butternut squash, goat cheese, onions and speck. I was also interested in the mushroom and Italian ham one but we knew wanted to try a few small plates. The pizza was crispy on the bottom which I liked and I enjoyed the crust as well. We got the calamari which was pretty fancy with not just pieces of squid but of shrimp and veggies. The meatballs were floating in a very fresh tomato sauce and we indulged in an additional sprinkling of freshly grated cheese.
After continuing to enjoy our apps, we decided to split a salad, a pasta and entree.
The Lattuga Romana Bionda salad initially attracted me because of the polenta croutons. It’s basically a Caesar with lemon anchovies dressing.
The Spaghetti alla chitara con ragu di pesce s also part of the dineLA menu and my favorite thing of the night. The pasta was perfectly al dente and had a great sauce. All the seafood was very fresh.
We were very torn about the veal cheek pasta and the veal entree. Eventually we decided on the seafood pasta and got the veal entree. It was worth it. I loved all the mushrooms and the veal was very tender.
The chef sent out this berry vanilla panna cotta. It was a light way to end our tour of the menu.
801 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017