Celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton collaborated on the creation of this perennially popular three-year-old restaurant (where it’s still hard to get a reservation, so persevere) serving rustic Italian food that’s at once imaginative and sophisticated. Silverton’s Mozzarella Table—an L-shaped marble counter with seating—turns out brilliant cheese appetizers like burrata with leeks in vinaigrette and mustard breadcrumbs. A favorite among the antipasti are pig’s trotters that arrive as crisp patties with chicory and mustard. For the main course we recommend the beef brasato (braised beef) with polenta and a horseradish gremolata. Want to try Silverton’s creations without spending a fortune? Next door is the more moderately priced Pizzeria Mozza, where you’ll find addictive pizzas with perfect crusts (http://www.mozza-la.com/).
- Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 05:30 PM to 11:00 PM, Saturday from 05:00 PM to 11:00 PM, Sunday from 05:00 PM to 10:00 PM
- Credit Cards Accepted: visa, mastercard, amex
- Takeout Available: Yes
- Nearest Train: Hollywood / Highland Station