6610 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Dinner at chi SPACCA was overwhelming. If you are planning on going there, make sure you go with a group of friends so you can taste more of their different dishes. Unlike most other Italian restaurants, chi SPACCA serves really large portions. I had the honor to talk to Chef Chad Colby a little while we waited for our food and I asked him what inspired the huge portions. He told me that the large meat portions are all traditional Italian dishes and you have to think country-side farm-inspired dishes where all the dishes are meant to be shared.
Having said that, it explains why their Costata alla Fiorentina is priced at $210.
Happy Eating List
This assortment of Italian ham is a good way to start the dinner. The appetizer sampler gave a taste of a variety of different meat (sorry I can’t remember their names). Other than that, it wasn’t anything too special.
Tomahawk Pork Chop:
The pork chop was really, really well-seasoned and grilled to perfection. I noticed that the chef had to grill the pork for a while before we were served in order to cook through the thick cut.
Beef and Bone Marrow Pie:
I’d say this is a definite must-try. The moment you slice through the pie, the juice on the inside of the pie oozes out. It was a bit of a surprise to us when we sliced through the pie. Nonetheless, it was an amazing dish.
Banana Mascarpone Crostata:
Another absolute must-try. The smooth texture from the mascarpone with the banana bits beneath all came together really nicely. This dessert is what makes me want to go back to chi SPACCA.
Not So Happy List
Crostata alla Fiorentina:
Though massive, I did not think the steak was too special. It was definitely well-seasoned and well-cooked but it lacked the wow factor that makes me want to spend $210 on it again.
Pollo alla Diavola:
The only thing about the chicken was that it was slightly spicy. Other than that, I did not think the chicken was too amazing. It did not wow me like some of the other chicken dishes I’ve had in other restaurants.
chi SPACCA deserves a second visit but next time, I’ll stick more to the smaller portions so I get to taste more. Despite my comments towards its massive servings, I do think that it is a good place to go with a group of friends to share the food. Just be sure not to go with too large of a group because the restaurant is pretty small.
Joey Wong ♥