Category: Italian

  • Chaya Downtown Uki Uki Sundays

    Chaya Downtown Uki Uki Sundays

    In addition to the Wagyu Tasting Menu at all Chaya locations, Chaya Downtown recently started an “Uki Uki Sundays” menu–uki uki meaning to be happy and excited in Japanese. The menu is broken down into three sections, $5 for small plates, $10 for medium-sized items, and $25 for large sharable dishes. I recently got to […]

  • Maré at Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese

    Maré at Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese

    In the back of chef Eric Greenspan‘s eponymous Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese shop, through a freezer door—complete with a horizontal latch handle on one side, and an inside release button on the other—is Maré, an al fresco-only restaurant-within-a-restaurant.  Less exclusive-supper-club and more neighborhood-hidden-gem, the diminutive restaurant’s diminutive menu is well focused and affordable, and the staff […]

  • Paninoteca by Scarpetta

    Paninoteca by Scarpetta

    Despite being relatively close to Bay Cities Italian Deli, the Godmother of Italian sandwich shops on the Westside, I was still disappointed when Santa Monica’s Ciboteca, from the folks behind Piccolo and Hostaria del Piccolo, closed last winter after opening just earlier that year.  Coincidentally, another Italian sandwich shop backed by a higher-end Italian restaurant, […]

  • L.A. Weekly The Essentials 2015

    L.A. Weekly The Essentials 2015

    L.A. Weekly‘s “The Essentials” event took place this past weekend at the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles, the same week that their 99 Essential Restaurants 2015 list was released.  This was just the second “Essentials” events, with the inaugural one just last year after a break in 2013, coming off of four years […]

  • b.o.s. (Beef. Offal. Sustainable.), a review

    b.o.s. (Beef. Offal. Sustainable.), a review

    In a cozy, 24-seat space next to venerable Sushi Gen in Little Tokyo, b.o.s. (beef. offal. sustainable.) has been trying to entice potential diners to experience their beef-centric, nose-to-tail concept since late 2013.  Despite positive reviews by press, blogs, and customers alike, business never really picked up, and, unfortunately, b.o.s. will be serving their last […]