Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Osteria La Buca - Susan G. Komen Menu

If you're driving down Melrose towards the 101, chances are you've seen the bright pink facade of Osteria La Buca. It's not a fashion statement their trying to make, but rather a sign of their support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness month. You can read more about the how the restaurants employees painted the restaurant themselves here. The pink exterior is not the only thing the restaurant is doing to raise awareness. All month long, Osteria La Buca is offering a special menu with 100% of the proceeds being donated to Susan G. Komen. I had the opportunity to sample some of the menu last week.

We started with a little bit of pink sangria. Much of the flavor comes from grapefruit juice. It's a nice refreshing start to any meal.

Grapefruit Sangria

You really can't go wrong with tomatoes, prosciutto, and creamy burrata. Drizzling the plate with basil oil adds to the freshness and is a nice compliment.

Tomato Burrata and Prosciutto Plate

Besides the tomatoes and burrata, one of my other favorite dishes was the pizza. It came topped with ricotta, tomatoes, kale, and dried figs. One of the goals of the special menu is to highlight foods with healing powers such as kale and there was plenty of it on the pizza. I love kale and couldn't get enough!

Pizza with Ricotta, Tomatoes, Kale, and Figs

As I have mentioned many times, asparagus with an egg on top is one of my favorite things ever. This time, the restaurant used a duck egg and topped that with plenty of grated parmesan. So good.

Asparagus with Fried Duck Egg and Parmesan

Next we were treated to butternut squash risotto, osso bucco risotto, and a pasta with lentils, sun dried tomatoes, arugula, and truffle oil. With a few vegetarians in the group, it was easy to please everyone with these dishes.

Butternut Squash Risotto

Osso Bucco Risotto

Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes, Lentils, Spinach, and Truffle Oil

Last was the tiramisu. It was a nice, sweet treat to end the evening.


You still have a few days to get to Osteria La Buca and enjoy this special menu for a great cause! Thanks to Dan Cox and HC for a great evening.

Osteria La Buca
5210 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 462-1900

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Erica said...

That is an awesome menu and for such a great cause. The butternut squash risotto looks super tasty! I always want to order risotto at restaurants but they're usually made with chicken stock! Very cool that theirs is truly veg! The pizza looks super tasty too- ricotta is a fabulous pizza topping.

Banana Wonder said...

What a pizza combo! I'm gonna have to try something like that at home. Fun times with the HC!

Joanne said...

What a great meal for such a great cause! All of it sounds mind-blowingly delicious...especially that pizza though. So good.

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

This menu looks wonderful, but way more important is the restaruants mission. They are amazing to give so much time, effort and dedication to the Susan G. Komen foundation. xo

Diana said...

Oh my gosh, I bet your heart lept with joy when you saw that kale and ricotta and dried fig pizza! Will be seeing something similar on Dishing Up Delights in the near future? I know you like making ricotta from scratch...

Unknown said...

Yum! And yay for Breast Cancer awareness

vanillasugarblog said...

you go to the best foodie events. so lucky you. good cause too. you get several gold stars on your chart ms. thing.
i need a cocktail, please.

Anonymous said...

Mmm...this makes me hungry (and not for my frozen lunch!)


H. C. said...

glad you could make it out and have a good time! Can't wait for your Rahel post ;)

Denise Michaels - Adventurous Foodie said...

What a gorgeous meal you enjoyed. Thanks for taking the time to take the pictures and sharing 'em with all your readers.

I've been paying attention to all the pumpkin and squash recipes popping up all over the foodosphere lately. From the traditional baked goods to soups and side dishes and one even had lasagna baked INSIDE a pumpkin. Talk about creative. Love the Butternut Squash Risotto. It's just the color and flavors of the season.

La Bella Cooks said...

Such a great cause to support and the food looks like it was incredible. Pass me the sangria, ok?