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1710 Silver Lake Blvd.
Silver Lake, CA 90026
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Alimento +

Anne Fishbein


  • Tues.- Thurs. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., Sun. 5:30 p.m. 10 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Local Ingredients
  • Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
We adored Zach Pollack's small, Cali-Italian Silver Lake restaurant when it opened in 2014. Despite being a little too loud, it was exactly the type of intimate, quality restaurant the neighborhood needed. But Alimento just keeps getting better and better, and now we'd call it one of the best restaurants in the city. Many of the things that were delicious when Alimento opened remain delicious — the mortadella pig-in-a-blanket, the escolar crudo with eggplant and fennel pollen — but Pollack seems to have ramped up his cooking, refined his flavors and taken more unexpected turns, and newer menu additions live up to those early successes' precedent of greatness. There's a bracing, Italian-leaning Caesar salad that makes glorious use of white radicchio's natural bitterness and its compatibility with sharp cheese. Pastas remain flawless; tortellini in brodo "al contrario" is popular. The braised-lettuce bruschetta utilizes the creamy smoosh of burrata in a way you've never experienced, and that's saying something in a town overrun with burrata-on-toast variations. Is it still too loud? Possibly, though Pollack has made an effort to implement sound-absorbing solutions. Either way, you'll be too busy swooning over the food to notice. —Besha Rodell
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