Last week I had the pleasure of meeting two online friends that are now real people friends. I finally met T and R at a meeting at La Terza last Tuesday evening.
The meal we shared was excellent. As you most likely know, I don't know LA restaurants well and La Terza is supposed to be one of the better Italian spots. The chef is Gino Angelini. He and some of his FOH are very reputable in the LA scene from what I hear.
We started the night off with some glasses of wine. The wine list was short and to the point with a nice selection of Italian and Spanish wines among others.
Basically, as we entered the restaurant, on the inside was an antique Berkel slicer where the prosciutto was being sliced to order. How I miss my Berkel over at Colavita!
Nancy stood at a large white table taking orders and plating food. We ordered off of a paper menu, much like that of a sushi restaurant, where you mark the number of orders adjacent to the description of what you will be enjoying.
The following photos are just a small sample of what we tasted.
This here is the Burratta with freshly sliced Prosciutto. The Burratta, a pasta filata cheese, is similar to mozzarella or fior di latte on the outside but the inside is very similar to a very loose, liquidy ricotta. It is often made with a mozzarella like shell and filled with an extra rich cream.
The cheese was garnished with extra virgin olive oil and a black olive and herb mixture. Personally, I would prefer all the items on the side so i can taste the true flavor of each, but it sure was good together!
As you can see, the menu is broken down into categories with the cost of the plate to the right, and the box with how many you would like on the left.
In regards to pricing, I think the prices were all fair. We dined in a nice environment although our table in the patio was a bit loud from all the street noise.
Above we have the balsamic onions which were great (I ordered two plates!), the Arancini that T ordered as well as T's octopus. As you can see, the plates are meant to be tastes and I recommend that you go with friends as this place is really fun and sharing should be encouraged.
This here is the Crostino with chicken liver and a few pieces of crispy cured pig to make everything even more sexxy!
The chicken liver was delicious. For me, this plate, along with the Burratta, were my top two of the evening. The toasted bread was perfect, the liver taste was livery but clean and appetizing, the radicchio had the most pleasant bitterness and the aceto balsamico sweetened everything up.
Finally, the last photo I add, before I get too hungry (Tuesday is a week away!) is a photo of the Fritatta made with cauliflower, the lentil salad with chicken, the panzanella and the egg bagna cauda.
The fritatta was excellent and had a great taste of cauliflower but was perfectly balanced between the sweetness and the saltiness used.
Panzanella is very difficult to mess up - The egg bagna cauda was great and once again the bitter radicchio came in to perfect game on this plate.
Like I said earlier, these were only o few shots from what we really enjoyed. We got to La Terza at 18.00 and by 20.30 when we left, the place was packed tight!
I can't wait to go back!