Love & Salt
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Anne Fishbein Mortadella “hot dog”
- Dinner, Mon.-Thu., 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri., 5:30-11 p.m.; Sat., 5-11 p.m.; Sun., 5-10 p.m.; brunch, Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; midday at the bar, 3-5 p.m.
- Local Ingredients
- Dinner, Brunch
- Beer/Wine, Full bar
In the three years since Love & Salt opened in the old Cafe Pierre space in Manhattan Beach, chef Michael Fiorelli's modern Italian restaurant has become a beacon for the neighborhood, serving truly exciting food in a beautiful room that feels fun in a way that's utterly appropriate to its upscale beachy location. It's true that you can order a whole pig's head here (with 48 hours' advance notice), which comes with condiments and toast, but to me, the value lies in the menu's slightly less confronting pleasures. Popular dishes include the duck egg pizza, with pancetta, panna, potato, rosemary, mozzarella and Parmesan; and the bucatini pasta, with fennel sausage, black kale, Parmesan and bread crumbs. Fiorelli used to serve many of his best dishes only as large-format sharable plates, but now most things come in more manageable serving sizes, making it easier to explore more of the menu. Extra kudos to the staff, who provide the kind of friendly, breezy capable service that's weirdly (and infuriatingly) rare this close to the ocean. —Besha Rodell
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