Alimento: Northern Italian in Silver Lake

Chicken liver crostoneChicken liver crostone, black plum mostarda at Alimento.; Credit: Anne Fishbein

The food at Alimento, Zack Pollack's new Silver Lake restaurant, is loosely based on the traditions of northern Italy, influenced by the experiences and proclivities of a Southern California chef. It feels as if someone just walked into a small space and set up shop — which is, in fact, basically what happened. This is a neighborhood restaurant, the bare-bones, white-walled feel of it about as far from the handsome, dark moodiness of Sotto (Pollack's other restaurant, with Steve Samson) as you can imagine.

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