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Osteria Mozza: Still a Big Deal

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On March 5th, I called Osteria Mozza to make a reservation for April 5th (they only take reservations a month in advance.) I thought I would call at lunchtime when they would first be open. A critical mistake. Turns out that the reservation line for both Mozzas opens at 10 am. I could get 5:30 or 9:45. Not being a New Yorker, I took the earlier time.

Thanks to Daylight Savings, it was full daylight when we arrived at the Osteria last Saturday. The place was nearly empty. I had gotten my confirmation phone call the day before, but they still had no reservation for us -- and after a runaround where they confirmed we didn't mistakenly make a res at the Pizzeria, they never found our reservation, but told us they could seat us anyway. We went to wait for our friends at the bar, but were shooed away from the cheese bar (which was, as the maitre'd told us, the bar was "straight ahead") first. This is the kind of stuff that drives my husband bonkers, and I think that if it were up to him, we would have left right then, but fortunately we stayed.