As Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu sat in the private dinning room of Osteria Mozza late Tuesday night, a dozen stoic Secret Service agents and Israeli security personal strode through the restaurant, guarding entrances, confiscating some employee's cell phones, suspiciously eyeing every purse and escorting the hard line leader to the toilet.
Still, the most intense, person of Netanyahu's entourage was not any of them, but rather a five-foot, 2-inch, long-haired, 30ish woman who made sure Benjamin's food wasn't poisoned.
"She's good", said an Mozza employee, watching from the across the Mozzarella Bar as she stood next to salad maker Darrell and carefully eyed every ingredient with the concentration of former chess champion Gary Kasparov. Apparently, she was good, Netanyahu and his wife Sara left the restaurant early Wednesday morning on their own power.
The prime minister's selection of Osteria Mozza was a delicious choice, but also a wise and safe one. It's located in the LAPD's Wilshire Division which has one of the lowest homicide-by-poison rates in the entire city.
Still, when asked to rate the performance of the Israeli prime minister's security detail, an agent, speaking off the record, said "I'd give us a 93."
"Why not a 100?"
"You got in."