WildCraft Sourdough Pizza will become the newest member in the growing coterie of restaurants offering Neapolitan-style pies in town when it opens for lunch next Monday, January 25. Coming from the men behind the Hermosa Beach brasserie Abigaile, the restaurant will launch in the historic triangular ... More >>
From our 2012 Restaurant Issue, celebrating everything pizza in L.A.
In L.A.'s not-so-distant pie past, family pizza night meant Friday evening quibbles over thick versus thin crust, debates over the proportion of marinara sauce to other ingredients and, inevitably, a few irreconcilable topping dif ... More >>
I have a dirty theater secret: I thought Clybourne Park was pretty good. As in merely pretty good. As opposed to the modern classic it's now perceived to be, after its premiere Off-Broadway brought it the Pulitzer Prize, followed by runs at the Mark Taper Forum, a hop to Broadway, and finally, on Su ... More >>
Today in unexpected Cannes headline news: a convicted felon turns in one of the best performances at the festival thus far (and it's not Roman Polanski -- rimshot! -- who was the subject of a softball vanity documentary which screened here earlier in the week, and isn't really worth talking about).
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Before they opened Sotto last year, Steve Samson and Zach Pollack went direct to Naples and hauled in all the raw materials to build a proper pizza oven -- that would be 15,000 pounds worth of cement, bricks and Vesuvian sand. So heavy were these building blocks that the delivery truck nearly topple ... More >>
There are movies where food has a starring role. And then there are times when eating is just another extra in the background. But when detail-minded Woody Allen shot his newest film To Rome with Love, no morsel was left to chance.
As with any Italian-based film, eating looms large (that's what peo ... More >>
When its start date rolls around in July, maybe the California foie gras ban will actually be welcome. Right now, restaurants seem to be saturating their menus with the controversial fatty duck liver. It's even stuffed into our jelly doughnuts. This Wednesday night, Mar. 14, Michael's on Naples in L ... More >>
Planned Parenthood Food Fare
If watching male politicians go into overdrive trying to limit women's access to birth control left you with a queasy feeling, perhaps you'll want to attend the annual Planned Parenthood Food Fare. The headliner is chef Suzanne Goin (Lucques, AOC, Tavern) along with an e ... More >>
Naples vs. Venice
Regional Italians cuisine goes head-to-head as two mammas, Napoli native Maria Marino and Venetian chef Luciana Ongaro, take over the kitchen at Marino Ristorante to cook dishes in the styles of their Italian hometowns. In one course, paccheri di gragnano al ragu imperiale (rigato ... More >>
Anne FishbeinPiccaOn New Year's Eve, restaurants celebrate with live bands, festive décor, theme dinners, exceptional ingredients, multi-course meals, tasting menus and endless glasses of bubbly. How to choose the best spot? We've selected 11 restaurants that opened in 2011 to represent a ... More >>
F. FriesemaJonagold applesWhat's the Italian equivalent of barbecue? Neapolitan pizza, I'm betting. Because proper Neapolitan pizza, fashioned from Caputo tipo 00 flour imported from Naples, crushed tomatoes from San Marzano and cheese from the finest buffalos, is a man's game through and thr ... More >>
A. FrougPitfire Artisan Pizza owners David Sanfield and Paul Hibler at their Culver City location
In a city where every other new restaurant is a pizza joint, it would be easy to dismiss Pitfire Artisan Pizza as just another ersatz artisan pizzeria. In reality, owners Paul Hibler and David S ... More >>
F. FriesemaJonagold apples
Am I the last person to discover the pizza at Mother Dough? Very well, I am the last. Because I have been at parties where I was asked about the pizzeria up to half a dozen times, and the smug Silver Lake dudes, the ones always trying to make excuses for their neigh ... More >>
L. BallaSit back and think for a moment -- where's the best artisanal pizza in the heart of Hollywood? And we don't mean Mozza down on Melrose and Highland, but closer to Hollywood and Vine. Right. Well, by this time next year, there will be a version of David Myers' Costa Mesa Italian restau ... More >>
K. RobbinsThinking about my pizza, it don't matter if you're red or white
Tony Gemignani, co-author of the cookbook Pizza, 9-time World Pizza Champion (8 times in acrobatics, once in pizza making), and owner of a growing cadre of pizza shops in Northern California, is one peripatetic pizzaiol ... More >>
Last week we took a peek into Sotto's Neapolitan pizza oven, which was imported brick by brick from Naples and in the middle of being hand-built by third-generation oven-builder Stefano Ferrara. (It's one of less than 10 hand-built Ferrara ovens in the United States.)
Ferrara finished the oven an ... More >>
Great pizza begins with a great oven, which is why Steve Samson and Zach Pollack of Sotto, the Italian restaurant opening in the bottom floor of the Test Kitchen space, went straight to Naples for theirs, importing 15,000 pounds of materials and even the oven designer himself. It's a massive inves ... More >>
It seems that Brentwood just can't have too many Italian restaurants. The newest on the horizon: Villetta, slated to open next month in the former Chez Mimi space across from the Brentwood Country Mart.
Locals were saddened when Chez Mimi shuttered (the owners are still looking for ... More >>
Evan KleimanA Taralli Holiday TreeOn the first day of our Twelve Days of Cookie Recipes we brought you Alice Medrich's milk chocolate and hazelnut peanut butter meringue recipe. On the second day, we diverged slightly off the straight and narrow cookie path with a recipe for homemade peanut b ... More >>
Anyone who's been to Italy knows that the famous Neapolitan pizza is a show-stopper: light, thin and crisp with a perfect balance of cheese and sauce. You really can't go wrong. Or so one would think. On Monday, Italian daily Il Giornale reported a truly grim story ... More >>
In the wake of a debate about whether or not medical marijuana dispensaries attract crime in places like Los Angeles, Long Beach police are reporting a man was shot in an attack that might have been connected to a pot shop there.
The shooting happened Monday shortly after 9 p.m. in an alley ... More >>