Larchmont: Pasta at Osteria Mamma


spaghetti allo scoglio


Osteria Mamma has had an interesting history in the neighborhood. Rumor has it the chef and family originally owned Osteria La Buca just up the street. They sold it and then reopened as Osteria Mamma. Years before the sale, I had the most fabulous pasta at La Buca. It was the first time I realized how much I loved fresh tomato sauces. Yes, yes, most places uses wonderful canned tomatoes and that’s quite good too but when you’ve had fresh tomato sauce, you begin to hope maybe another place would take a daring chance to make something a little bit different.

In my recent exploration of the Larchmont/ Hancock Park/ East Hollywood neighborhood, I chose to check out Mamma to see if I could find this sauce. None of the pastas indicated such a sauce so I went with the seafood pasta since my friend got the lasagna (what I really wanted).


meat lasagna


I did steal a bite or two of the meat lasagna. It was exactly what I expected. A nice hunk of tender sheets of pasta with generous meat sauce. Perfect for our recent colder evenings.



pappardelle ai porcini


One of my friends got the pappardelle ai porcini with a rich and creamy sauce. The pasta is very rich and tantalizing. I had a few bites but yearned for a good tang of tomato sauce so I focused on my seafood spaghetti.

After removing all my seafood of its shells, I dug in. Hmmm…. it was good but couldn’t quite match my memory of that fresh tomato sauce. Perhaps I’ll try again and ask if any of the other pastas are made with fresh tomatoes. Perhaps next summer when they’re in season again.

In the meantime, there’s always lasagna.

Osteria Mamma

5732 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038  —  (323) 284-7060
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