- ONE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS LOS ANGELES
Filed In: FOOD (+ BEVERAGE)
| The Rundown |
Let’s just immediately note that when Jonathan Gold says Pizzana‘s pizzas are comparable to some of the best in the world… you take that shit seriously. Pizzana, owned by Candace and Charles Nelson (the couple behind Sprinkles Cupcakes) and actor Chris O’Donnell, is officially the best thing that has ever happened to Brentwood. And I totally mean that. I feel like I’ve been eating a lot of pizzas lately, namely “wood fired” pizzas, and while I’ve never met a pizza I didn’t really like, Pizzana blows any and all competition completely out of the water. Italian born Chef Daniele Uditi is a pizza whisperer. A genius. A master. I sound like a complete and total super fan, and truth be told I totally am. Ask me my favorite pizza place in Los Angeles… Pizzana is it. End of story, drop the mic.
“Vegetables, cocktails, natural wine, good times” – if that doesn’t just about sum up the epitome of life in Silverlake, then call me crazy. “Veggies, cocktails, natural wine and good times” is also exactly what you can expect to experience at Silverlake’s latest little obsession, Botanica. Botanica is an adorable little restaurant and market right in the heart of the Silver Lake Blvd action, and in just a few short months has become a beloved local mainstay.
When your best foodie friend goes into a new restaurant three times in two weeks… you need to find out why. Enter Cosa Buona – a casual Italian-American joint in Echo Park helmed by Chef Zach Pollack (Alimento). Cosa Buona has been open for a little over two months now and has easily become a friendly neighborhood favorite. It’s the perfect place to go for a low key delicious meal – wether that now be lunch, dinner, or even for take-out. The general consensus seems to be that Cosa Buona is a favorite because it is what it is – great pizza, great food and drinks to have with said pizza, all with a low-key cool vibe.
Ask me, “where can I get the best pasta in LA?”, and today I would tell you “Felix” – without an ounce of hesitation. The opening of Felix Trattoria has quite possibly been the most anticipated restaurant opening of the year. With the somewhat abrupt closing of beloved Bucato, foodies familiar with chef Evan Funke’s pasta could finally rejoice over the news that he’d be back and better than ever. Felix Trattoria, located right on Abbot Kinney in Venice, opened back in April and has been the city’s most exciting obsession since.
I’d heard nothing but praises for Tallula’s since they opened their doors back in May. But even outside of the praises from peers, it didn’t take much convincing once I’d learned that the masterminds behind everything that is good in Santa Monica (i.e. Rustic Canyon, Milo & Olive, Huckleberry, and so on) were behind this project as well. I honestly didn’t even know what the concept was, nor did I know what kind of experience I’d be walking into. But frankly, I didn’t even care! I was totally surprised walking in to Tallula’s to find that it was Mexican restaurant, and the surprise could not have been a more sweet.
All I ever think about anymore is when will I get to have Magpies Softserve again. You think I’m being funny, and sadly I wish I was! But being that my favorite food is ice cream, and Magpies is special ice cream, it all a true story.
Magpies opened about a year ago and since then I have heard nothing but rave reviews from everyone that has gone. I’m honestly not quite sure what took me so long… maybe the distance, but now that I’ve been I can’t imagine NOT having it.
Thirty. Eight. Years. Of business.
Wow. And I’m embarrassed to report that it’d taken me this long to actually DINE at the legendary Michael’s in Santa Monica! But alas, in celebration of a little spacial revamp and a brand new chef, I finally made it in. Michael’s is easily one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Los Angeles, and what I find to be incredibly admirable is that they have continued to evolve with the changing of time while still maintaining a peak level of authenticity and quality. Beloved and respected chefs like Nancy Silverton, Jonathan Waxman, Brooke Williamson, and Sang Yoon (just to name a few) have all manned the Michael’s kitchen at some point, and the level of prestige that this Santa Monica mainstay upholds is something truly incredible.
One of my absolute favorite ways to “weekend” in LA is to head to Downtown Santa Monica and grab brunch with friends or family – especially during these especially sunny months. There’s always something fun going on around Downtown and always somewhere delicious to eat. I love being able to make an afternoon out of eating, shopping, and strolling, and since I’ve been doing a lot of weekend brunching in Downtown Santa Monica lately, I’ve rounded up the 4 BEST brunch dishes I’ve had in the area. You can make it a brunch walking tour if you please or you can try each item a day at a time, but these are four game-changer breakfast dishes that are not to be missed! *Mimosas optional.*
I am ALWAYS looking for an excuse to dine near the beach, and I am ALWAYS looking for an excuse to eat meals that have something to do with Brendan Collins. So when Tower12 in Hermosa landed on my radar I was genuinely ecstatic because in this case I’d get to have both. Chef Brendan Collins of Birch is one of my absolute favorite chefs in LA, and when I’d heard he had consulted on another menu for a new restaurant, I’d instantly made up my mind to go there ASAP. Chef Collins has his LA mainstay, Birch, as some of you may be familiar with, but he’s consulted on a menu for another one of my favorite (insanely underrated) LA local hideaways called Butchers Dog. Seriously, whatever he touches turns to gold, and Tower12 is no exception!
I have been out in Hollywood more times in the past month than I feel like I have in 2-3 years. Hollywood finally seems to be filling in the gaps with totally worthwhile cocktail bars and eateries and Viva Hollywood is one of my latest and greatest favorites to enter the neighborhood. Viva took over the space that was once Beso and converted it into a casual chic Mexican centric restaurant with ideal ambiance and all around great food. All I had to know prior to making the decision to pay Viva a visit was that Chef Raymond Alvarez (formerly of Toca Madera) had something to do with it and I was sold. Toca Madera and Tocaya offer some of my absolute favorite Mexican food in Los Angeles so I could easily count on Viva to uphold the same standard.