Food Tour: L.A.
From Stella Barra
No place does hotspots like Hollywood, and this Sunset Boulevard pizza place just opened to much fanfare. Both its “Thin Sin” pizza crusts (top ’em with wild arugula and prosciutto rossa for a truly sinless meal) and Organic Meatballs have been getting good press, but thicker-crust, intriguingly-topped pies dominate the menu: Try Porchetta & Fennel or Prosciutto & Farm Egg. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, bag a Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookie for dessert to go. 6372 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA.
With a 2,800-square-foot al fresco dining area overlooking the Sunset Strip, this is the perfect spot for a summer date night. Tuscan rustic meets fine dining in dishes like a chestnut and porcini mushroom soup and nested pasta with Italian ham and parmigiano cream. 1131 Manhattan Avenue, Los Angeles, CA.
Interior at RivaBella
Literally the “little sister” restaurant of Jed Sanford and Chef Tin Vuong’s Abigaile in Hermosa Beach, this Manhattan Beach opening promises the same creative coziness as its relative but with a more hardline East-meets-West inspiration. The décor will be “Singaporean shophouse,” and the menu will feature its own specialized craft brews. We can drink to that! 1131 Manhattan Avenue, Los Angeles, CA.
Though still in the works, this Texas BBQ-style eatery already has a smokin’ reputation. Russell Malixi and his team plan to start plating up their mouth-watering brisket and smoky chicken in the newly renovated and WiFi-ed Grand Central Market early this summer. 324 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA.
By Allison Malecha
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