Osteria Mamma

Mamma’s back. Loredana Cecchinato—Mamma to family and fans—is cooking for the bambino in all of us at Osteria Mamma, in Hancock Park, which opened just last week. That means simple rustic dishes that taste of the passion with which they are prepared: reginette della mamma, a crown-shaped pasta with cream sauce, sausage and radicchio; guanciale that’s beautifully balanced and surprisingly light; and garganelli mediterranei, penne-like pasta with capers, olives and arugula. Filippo, Mamma’s son and the restaurant’s owner and maître d’, runs the dining room as if it were the family home back in Padua. Most of us remember them from nearby Osteria La Buca, now under new ownership, but at Osteria Mamma, Signora Cecchinato is given full rein, because Mamma really does know best.

menu musts*

Di Stefano burrata with organic eggplant and heirloom tomatoes
Polipolata (grilled octopus)
Black squid-ink trenette, shrimp and bottarga
Garganelli mediterranei (pasta with capers, olives and arugula)
*BYOB (wine or beer only) view full menu here

sweet seats

In the evening, ask for a table in the cozy far room to be away from the entrance traffic and so you can check out black-and-white photos of a much younger Mamma Cecchinato.

chew on this

Mamma originally came to LA to train the chef at her son's first restaurant, but she never felt that anyone could make her recipes quite as well as she did, so she stayed.


Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 AM-2:30 PM
Dinner: Mon-Thu 5:30 PM-10:30 PM; Fri-Sat 5:30 PM-11 PM
Sun 5:30 PM-10 PM