Andre Guerrero has covered enough mileage at restaurants across Los Angeles that your immediate association of the chef is it's own a litmus test for Angelenos. Millennials will recognize The Oinkster; Gen X-ers might recall Duet or Linq; and Baby Boomers will likely associate him with CafĂ© Le Mond ... More >>
Poor Hollywood. Aside from the folks who actually live there -- and tout its cheap rent, down-and-dirty attitude, and "central location" -- the neighborhood inspires sneers, scoffs and, at best, a low level of tolerance from other L.A. residents. By day, tourists clog the main boulevards, slowly ru ... More >>
A salon was a respected -- sacred almost -- intellectual space, taking on different meanings at various points of history as a literary gathering or an art exhibition. On Thursday, March 28, Osteria La Buca will attempt to reintroduce this European tradition to Angelenos with the launch of its month ... More >>
For those inclined to have someone else cook on Christmas eve, there is an incredible assortment of fine options available, but reservations are going quickly, so you'd better make one, soon, if that's your plan. Most hotels offer a standard up-scale Christmas dinner and pretty much every restauran ... More >>
My vegetarian friend eyed the menu at Tar & Roses grumpily. "Such a tease," she humphed. At first, she had been delighted that an entire section of the menu was dedicated to vegetables, but as she looked closer, she realized that many of the vegetable dishes had meat or fish in them. "The menu says ... More >>
A proper Fourth of July feast probably begins at the grill. And in contemporary Los Angeles, this all-American meal is as likely to be comprised of yakitori and carne asada as hot dogs and hamburgers: Americans have been mixing and matching food traditions from our collective immigrant background si ... More >>
The Mozza compound on the corner of Melrose and Highland is L.A.'s version of Roald Dahl's chocolate factory. People go in and come out all the time, but so do the inventions. Focaccia, budino, porchetta. And starting tomorrow, you can add Chad Colby's salumi bar to the list. (Maybe they can invent ... More >>
Between serving up his "Death by Duck" grilled cheese sandwich at this weekend's Grilled Cheese Invitational, preparing for a championship-defending rematch at this summer's Korean BBQ festival, and engineering weekly creations like pizza cheesesteaks and fried house-cured pickles at "New Order Mond ... More >>
If you're still mourning the loss of chef Evan Kleiman's Angeli Cafe (who isn't?), you can sample her food again at the Charleston on Monday, May 7, with two seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. The KCRW Good Food host will prepare a four-course rustic Italian meal, served family-style. "Every day I get emails ... More >>
Gail Silverton and Joel Gutman, co-owners of Gelato Bar, one of our favorite gelaterias in Los Angeles, recently sold their Studio City location on Tujunga Avenue. Thankfully, the shop's name and gelato production will remain the same.
Chef/restaurateur Gino Angelini will open a new restaurant in the old Hamburger Hamlet space in West Hollywood. The project doesn't have a name yet, but it's scheduled for a fall 2012 opening. The design is "rustic Tuscan farmhouse." The lunch menu will feature artisan pizzas, pastas, salads and ... More >>
Delicieuse, known for its goat's milk ice cream, is closing, but that doesn't mean Los Angeles isn't full of fantastic ice cream and gelato shops. In fact, we're chock-a-block with delicious frozen treats. Here are ten of our favorites.
B. HansenJudy Zeidler and booksWestsider Judy Zeidler has written what seems like a zillion cookbooks, but she's found a new angle for her latest, Italy Cooks (Mostarda Press, $32.95). It's a personal travelogue as well as a collection of recipes. For decades, Zeidler and her husband Marvin ... More >>
Domenico Ristorante in Silver Lake has closed. Last night was the last supper at the two-and-a-half-year-old Italian restaurant. In a short, charmingly typo-filled note sent to patrons, owner Domenico writes: I want to thank you so much for your support, friendship and thrust... We had a rocking 2 1 ... More >>
Down in Hermosa Beach, there's a cool, spacious shop that serves gelato worth seeking out. Paciugo Gelato (pronounced "pa-choo-go," if their signage is to be believed) offers a dizzying selection of 32 flavors. They line up all the usual suspects -- chocolate, caramel, sea salt, banana, peanut but ... More >>
Paradis had already made inroads in Montrose, when the shop opened a new outpost in April on the Hollywood/Los Feliz border. These are, so far, the only two, U.S. franchises of a popular Danish gelato chain with over 30 shops in its native land.
For all its variegated culinary charms, there's one thing downtown Los Angeles, with its ramen and sushi and burgers and coffee and cupcakes and cocktails, doesn't have much of: ice cream. Sure, you can find a couple ho-hum ice cream stands in the Grand Central Market. Syrup Desserts at 6th and Sp ... More >>
The line between ice cream and gelato can sometimes be thin. At Grom Gelateria, a much loved Italian, New York and (since January) Los Angeles chain, there's no question. This is gelato, at its finest: soft, velvet smooth and reeking of casual indulgence.
Food NetworkThe May 2011 issue of Food Network Magazine claims to give you the "100 Greatest Cooking Tips (of All Time!)." These are the "greatest" tips, presumably, because they come courtesy of "the top chefs in the country." Los Angeles represents well, with a number of our city's chefs ... More >>
Flickr/Lana's Dazzling Desserts While they should probably just rename Valentine's Day's Restaurant Prix Fixe Day, we understand not everyone is into a rousing (and often wildly expensive) multi-course dinner. Perhaps you don't have a sweet tooth, are chicka-pescetarian (yes, there is such a ... More >>
Starting today, Celestino Drago's downtown outpost of haute Italian cuisine, Drago Centro, is hosting a week-long Twitter contest with one daily winner receiving a custom truffle tower created by pastry chef Jashmine Corpuz. To enter, tweet @DragoCentro (in 140 characters or less) the truffle fla ... More >>
When you start counting your James Beard Awards in round numbers (about a half dozen?), you've long since earned the right for concise cookbook titles. James Peterson's latest, Meat: A Kitchen Education is a primer on how to properly cook bipeds and quadrupeds, albeit those most commonly cons ... More >>
A. TrachtaThere was nothing little about Little Italy as the pasta-loving masses gathered downtown Saturday night to celebrate the 2nd annual Taste of Italy, an event benefiting the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles. The town square near the intersection of Main and Arcadia transformed ... More >>
This LA Weekly Flickr pool photo, of olive oil being poured onto a bit of prosciutto on baguette, presumably, at the new Deluca's Italian Deli in Glendale, comes to you from photographer R. E. ~. Beautiful. Thank you. Now very hungry. And, of course, if you have any brilliant shots of food you've ta ... More >>
And you thought the coffee and the architecture and the hep baristas were enough, right?
At Terroni, it's no substitutions, Southern Italian-style
Flickr user Bakerella Mother's Day in Los Angeles always brings the gift of good May weather, and the perennial foolproof option of a Sunday farmers' market visit followed by a home cooked meal. But here are a few other suggestions on how to treat a deserving lady right, since chances are th ... More >>
Since our Restaurant Roll Call in January, there have been several food truck launches and restaurant openings. Unfortunately, some eateries didn't make it long past the New Year. As we welcome the newbies, we also bid farewell to those who simply couldn't keep afloat (and in one case was shut down ... More >>
Imagine gathering twenty of LA's top chefs -- in one cramped restaurant kitchen -- to cook up a 50-person thank you dinner for a beloved longtime customer. No egos allowed. On the chefs' night off. Free of charge. Oh, and each chef must agree on the menu. Not going to happen? It did. The secret, ... More >>
A tanned Westlake Village crowd in typical Southern California winter attire (sequinned tank tops, shorts, stilletos) turned out for the soft opening of Bellini Osteria Bar and Lounge last night. Young waiters dished out samplings of creamy polenta with parmesan cheese; burrata drizzled with balsami ... More >>
Brooke Burtonfoosball, Italian styleEvery generation has its game. Before there was Wii, there were billiards, table tennis, darts and horseshoes. For many Italians from the 70's and 80's, the game they love is foosball. Which is why Max Stefanelli, managing partner of Terroni Restaurant on ... More >>
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