Chef Sal Marino (Il Grano, La Bottega Marino) likes to get up early. Which is a good thing, since most of the chefs who trek downtown to International Marine Products routinely get there around 5 a.m. to pick and choose among the pristine fresh fish that come in daily to the downtown market and whol ... More >>
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It can be tricky to determine whether a restaurant is nearing its end. Despite conflicting and vague reports, Bistro LQ is indeed closed. We tracked down chef-owner Laurent Quenioux, who confirmed that "Yes we r closed. ... More >>
We were as confused as some of our readers when we read, last week on Eater LA, that La Bottega Marino in Beverly Hills would soon be closing. So we called owner Sal Marino. He says, unequivocally, the rumor is untrue.
"It's completely false. I have no idea where it came from," Marino says. ... More >>
Last year was rough and many restaurants in Los Angeles could not weather the financial storm. After 28 years of business, Orso closed in November, and just last month Gardens on Glendon, a Westwood staple for 21 years put out a For Lease sign. But while some eateries folded, others such as Bouchon ... More >>
A. ScattergoodThe GorbalsProbably the most promising moment in the restaurant shuffle this month, was Choza Mama's takeover of the old Hooters space in Old Town Pasadena. The popular Burbank Peruvian restaurant unquestionably gives Old Town some needed points in the class and culture departme ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad.
"But I'm not one of those people out in Southeast Asia looking for whatever, fermented chickens in their shells'" Q & A With Thomas Keller, Part 2: The Best Meal He Ever Cooked, The Importance of Fernand Point Lightbu ... More >>
The third La Bottega Marino officially opened its doors Saturday morning, on a busy section of Santa Monica in Beverly Hills. The previous two Bottegas, from brothers Salvatore and Mario Marino, are in Santa Monica, next to Sal Marino's white-tablecloth restaurant Il Grano, and in Larchmont. This in ... More >>
Every Wednesday during summertime's peak tomato season, Il Grano chef-owner Salvatore Marino puts on a show, constructing a menu built entirely around the tomato. These are not your average tomatoes, or even ones he brings back from the nearby farmers market, but tomatoes Marino grows himself and pi ... More >>