chi SPACCA

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Italian
Nancy Silverton's latest addition to the Mozzaplex, chi SPACCA– Italian for “he who cleaves”– was borne of the wildly-popular family-style dinners hosted weekly at Scuola di Pizza, the previous occupant of the intimate dining room nestled between Mozza2Go & Osteria Mozza.

Heralded as a "meat speakeasy" by Food & Wine Magazine, chi SPACCA has come to represent the quintessential new Italian dining experience, where accompaniments like the Foccacia di Recco, warm salted Medjool dates, and Culatello & Puglia burrata are just sideshows for the rest of Chef Ryan Denicola’s meat-centric menu which features a 42-ounce Tomahawk pork chop, a 36-ounce dry-aged bone-in New York Costata alla Fiorentina, and a 50-ounce dry-aged porterhouse Bistecca Fiorentina.

Enchanted by the artistry of Italian salumi culture, we built the first “dry cure” program in Los Angeles so that we could experiment and perfect Italian charcuterie techniques in house. Open daily for dinner.
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viptaktak
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Those steaks were super delicious as well as salad, side of veggies and deserts :) It was in the evening a day before all LA restaurants started close and serve only take-out orders. Seemed many customers cancelled reservations, very unusual to see empty tables, dining just few customers. Top class food for sure, at same time cozy and casual atmosphere, I wish they make a little more reasonable prices. Like, 36 oz bone-in ribeye steak was $205 that perfect size to share for 2, $102.50 each person, probably $20-$30 higher than Mastro’s, BOA, etc.

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Fanman
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience here was amazing. Great food & impeccable service. We had many things on the menu & they were all exquisitely done. For meats, the Porcini rubbed short ribs are fantastic. If you can afford it, the 36oz Ribeye (or NY Steak) is a must for the table. It was dry aged spectacularly. Truly one of the best steaks in all of LA.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I don’t know where to start. I arrived and several of my guests preceded me. Their wine has been decanted but no water poured as they waited. After about 5 minutes the waitress appeared and I told her that we would start with champagne, foccacia and salad immediately but she responded that we had to order everything at the same time or the chef wouldn’t even look at the order. So we sat and decided the entire order which I then shared with waitress. I ordered lots of food and then asked if we could order more just in case we wanted more afterwards and was told that it depended on whether or not they needed to turn the table. The sides came out first and after a few minutes we served them and them finally ate them before the meet arrived. I brought the service issue to my servers attention and she then proceeded to avoid me even though I had told her earlier that i was picking up the tab for our party of 6. Empty water glasses and plates left on the table between courses. I flagged down other servers or personnel to get service. It was a rather unfortunate series of events that made for a less than special evening for the birthday celebration intended.

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HamletY
Munich
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Extremely disappointed with the steak. My group and I tasted nothing but salt on a $200 bone in. I was excited and looked forward to our visit but I was extremely disappointed with the quality of the food.

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Cath
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience! Loved the food and wine. Excellent service. Fun vibe. Very expensive, but felt like a special night out. Would highly recommend!

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StevenT
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our sixth visit was unfortunately our least favorite. We LOVE Chi Spacca. Even this off night was pretty wonderful.

That said, we noticed a pricing issue between what was on the menu and what we were charged for an item, and one of our meat dishes was far too rare for us to enjoy, which was especially disappointing since we had ordered the same thing three times before, and it was fantastic.

Service is always terrific, and if this had been my first visit, I probably would have loved it, but since we have seen Chi Spacca at its most spectacular, this visit was a bit of a letdown.

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vipMark
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary, and the food, service and ambience exceeded all expectations. Although the restaurant is pricy, for a special occasion it is more than worth the money!

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vipTheMac
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience. One of the best in LA for a reason.

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mcwalter
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Most of our food was outstanding. The oil-soaked bread with burrata, the little gem salad, the plate of citrus (a wonderfully refreshing palate cleanser before the main course), the broccoli, and the lemon posset with balsamic were all delightful.

The only dish that my made my partner and I look at each other and say anything other than, "Wow, this is perfect," was, surprisingly enough, the meat entree. We ordered the Porcini Rubbed Beef Short Ribs, and I have to say that the salsa verde was more enjoyable than the meat itself. They tasted overcooked and were somewhat lacking in flavor. That being said, we still cleaned the plate as the short ribs would still blow most out of the water - even if they didn't live up to the chi Spacca standard.

Our service didn't meet the typical standard of a award-winning restaurant, either. Our server was not very attentive and we had empty, dirty plates stacked in front us more than once, though I suppose this is better than an over-attentive server, and it may be because we chose counter seating rather than a table.

All in all, I would recommend chi Spacca with an 8/10 stars.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience5

We had a reservation but it wasn’t honored. We waited 25 minutes in a very small outer space with no seating and the door to the actual restaurant was kept closed so we couldn’t look inside.
The look and feel of the restaurant was very nice and the wait staff was fine . Certain dishes were delicious (the focaccia bread in particular) while others were very disappointing (the tomahawk pork chop). Not cooked thru and I disliked the seasoning of fennel pollen. Will probably not return.

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MehranE
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We loved the food but is not very often resturant to go for bcuz is pricey but overall I will recommend

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hibnlil
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food wasn’t worth the price

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amorm
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!

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chefkaykay
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

by far one of the best restaurants in los angeles. the quality and value of food is so perfect. everything on th menu is amazing. especially the salad with bacon vin. and the diablo chicken

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vipPattyE
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Valentines Day!!

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vipStephenL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great vibe. Not sure about quality of steaks

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vipalbee
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the pleasure of dining with Lidia Bostianich as she shared recipes from her newest cookbook. Great food, great wine and great company!

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vipCindyB
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the special event on Feb 10

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Barry
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Too much Salt.......I didn't think the food has maintained it's level of taste. It's not the same ChiSpacca as it was and I've been dining there once it's opening!

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VINCE
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The overall experience was okay but not exceptionally great. We asked a member of the staff for help with taking our photo and he responded that he was busy and did not stop, come back or made an attempt to help us however when they were setting up a new table next to us with new guests they gave them all their attention. felt that we were not valued as guests, disrespected and we will not be dining here again.

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vipShannaB
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Dinner due to Eduardo. Great service from him. He was so knowledgeable and efficient. All food was delicious. Would definitely return. Duck was on point.

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vipLindaMB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always.

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vipDelicioushunter
London
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding meal!!!! Wow!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is next level. Sit at the counter for a great experience and to interact with the chefs. Sometimes you might get a little surprise tasting. food, menu, service, ambiance are all top notch. Can’t wait to be back here again.

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vipGoharO
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST Italian food in LA. No one makes Caesar Salad better than chi Spacca. It's right there with Tricolore Salad at Pizzaria Mozza.

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vipPink1
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding!

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BTEC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WHAT A GREAT EXPERIENCE.
SET UP A RESERVATION WITH AN EARLY 6PM TIME. AND EVERY DISH WAS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS.
ORIGINALLY CAME FOR THE TOMAHAWK AND ENDED UP BEING BLOWN AWAY BY EVERY PLATE THAT WAS BROUGHT OUT.
THE SALAD WAS FRESH AND ZESTY AND A GREAT SPIN ON A CEASAR.
THE SWEET POTATOES WERE SURPRISINGLY SWEET IN THE WAY YOU WOULD HOPE THEM TO BE.
THE TOMAHAWK WAS DELICIOUS AND HUGE, COOKED AS THE CHEF PREFERRED AND THAT DID NOT DISAPPOINT.
THE STARTING OF THE SAVORY BREAD AND BURRATA WAS A CLEAR SIGN OF THE GOODNESS TO COME. I WILL HAVE DREAMS OF THAT BURRATA.

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vipangel
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

well service is always excellent!!,
food outstanding!
price very good!
we love it!

thanks!

angel

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vipBarbaraL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. The food is phenomenal. It’s expensive but worth every penny. Run don’t walk to chi Scappa

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best pork chop I have ever had. Sit at the bar!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal ever!!!!

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Ziggy
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top 5 restaurants in Los Angeles. Maybe even better than Sonoratown. (Crack at LA Times food critics)

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vipVirgil
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent birthday dinner!

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GeraldK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in L.A.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken is Magical ✨

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Foodie68
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the few restaurants that we can say is authentically enjoyable to eat as the food is prepared so well and so fresh with taste unbelievable and so enjoyable. People are laid back and natural, we do not get the feel of coming to a place with attitude. We will rank it as in our top 3 to go in LA. And we have been around many of the top places in Europe. Totally recommendable.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chi Spacca was one of the best restaurants that I’ve ever been to. From service to food this restaurant was outstanding.

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SamK
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

I really wanted to like this place. While the food was about what was expected, the entire experience was a huge let down. First, we were seated 45 minutes after our reservation, and then it took another 30 just to get service. The restaurant has about 5 tables total, so the fact we RARELY saw our waiter the entire TWO HOURS it took to eat was also extremely unfortunate. The courses came out 30 minutes apart, which was very strange to have a bowl of mashed potatoes sit there for half an hour until the first meat came out. Our waters were never filled, and I think I only got one beer the entire meal because our waiter literally never came back after we ordered our food. Except one time to apologize for how long everything was taking. I will say they gave us complimentary sorbet at the end, probably because it was now 11PM and we were just eating. While the food is tasty, I really don't believe the restaurant is as fine as it seems to have convinced itself it is. For how much it costs, I would definitely go for a more exemplary dining experience elsewhere ie: Bavel.

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Erwh
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Too much lemon in all the salad (Caesars salad), stuffed squash flowers, and broccoli.
Roast chicken was not well cooked - the meat near the bone was pinkish/a little raw.
We were overcharged for the water... US$3.00 per person but they charged for 7 guest to my table of 6.
They brought a happy-birthday dessert for the celebrant at the table, but charged us for it.
The waitress/sommelier was obviously pushing us to order too much for the table. For the table of 6, we had a roast chicken, a lamb shoulder, and the US$220 steak, aside from various vegetable dishes.

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