Support your local Malibu restaurants during the Covid lockdown

The world seems to be at a standstill. Our biggest joy was dining out and enjoying exciting food with friends. Now for all of us, that has been put on hold as we learn to eat alone daily in our homes or with our families. When you tire of cooking at home, treat yourself and your loved ones to NOT a night-out, but a night-in … Continue reading Support your local Malibu restaurants during the Covid lockdown

sixth + mill in DTLA dishes up southern Italian

To add to Downtown LA’s booming culinary scene,  Southern Italian inspired dishes are being served up at unpretentious sixth+mill pizzeria and bar – including Neapolitan-style pizzas, pastas, and seasonal plates. Next door, you can find their sister restaurant, The Factory Kitchen serving up southern Italian dishes at a bit of a higher price point. Tomato-based concepts and dishes inspired by the Southern region of Italy … Continue reading sixth + mill in DTLA dishes up southern Italian

Pasta Masters, endless pasta bites during L.A. Times Food Bowl

Endless pasta is an Italian girl’s dream. Add in the best local LA and internationally renowned chefs in town plus flowing specialty wines from Antinori, Peroni beer, and cocktails at Mr. C  Beverly Hills, and you have the best night out yet! The “Pasta Makers” series event for Los Angeles Times Food Bowl on Thursday, May 23 had pasta lovers mingling over unlimited plates of tortellini, … Continue reading Pasta Masters, endless pasta bites during L.A. Times Food Bowl

Toscana in Brentwood, almost 30 years Italian strong

Years ago Bar Toscana in Brentwood was a place I met friends for cocktails in my single days. Thankfully this intimate cocktail bar (since 2010) that sits next to the Tuscan trattoria TOSCANA on San Vicente is still around –  for almost 30 years now! That is quite a feat in Los Angeles where peoples’ tastes change daily and many Angelenos tire of restaurants only … Continue reading Toscana in Brentwood, almost 30 years Italian strong

Nerano brings the Amalfi Coast to Beverly Hills

Nestled into one of our favorite streets in Beverly Hills, just a walk away from the Peninsula Hotel lies the intimate mod white tablecloth Nerano, the fourth restaurant from the Toscana Restaurant Group.  Sprung from the vision of owners Andy Brandon-Gordon and Carlo Brandon-Gordon’s Amalfi Coast trips to the village of Nerano, they became inspired by the temperate climate, the simplicity of the coastal cuisine and … Continue reading Nerano brings the Amalfi Coast to Beverly Hills

Uovo, LA’s real Italian pasta bar

The buzz in LA about Uovo piqued my curiosity from the start because 1) I am Italian 2) I am obsessed with good food  3) Who doesn’t love homemade pasta? and 4) Uovo is on the westside in Santa Monica. After traipsing through the center of the local Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, I found my seat at Uovo at their intimate countertop bar with a … Continue reading Uovo, LA’s real Italian pasta bar

Dine like grown ups at Belvedere in Beverly Hills

For an adult night out, dine like grown-ups in Beverly Hills at Belvedere inside the opulent five-star Peninsula Hotel. Soak up the sunshine on the terrace or sit inside at one of the elegant tables, with French country chairs, surrounded by impressive modern art. To dine here always seems special. Personable Executive Chef David Codney keeps dishes simple by using high-quality locally sourced ingredients, wild-caught … Continue reading Dine like grown ups at Belvedere in Beverly Hills

EATALY in LA, the Italian Mecca

In the newly revamped outdoor Century City Mall, two story Eataly boasts a one stop shop for in-house freshly made, and locally sourced food products. Eataly is still so hot in LA right now since its recent opening you need to prepare for the crowds, but it is a wonderful place to pop in to watch the food work in progress (as the counters provide no … Continue reading EATALY in LA, the Italian Mecca

Osteria Bigoli, Italian neighborhood dining on Montana Ave

Osteria Bigoli is a small welcomging neighborhood restaurant on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica where you can find owner/chef Claudio Marchesan (who was born and bred in a small town in Northern Italy) making authentic rustic old world Italian dishes. This intimate restaurant features some of his finest dishes he has created and perfected over the last 40 years. Be careful because on foot or if driving … Continue reading Osteria Bigoli, Italian neighborhood dining on Montana Ave

D’Amore’s, the nation’s best “healthy” pizza

If you live in Los Angeles, you are most likely familiar with D’Amore’s Pizza with locations in West Hollywood (open daily until 4 am), Malibu, Westwood, Thousand Oaks, Tarzana, Camarillo, Calabasas, and Canoga Park. The founder Joseph or “Joe” D’Amore is a super personable guy, just like most Italians we know, greeting and talking to each customer, serving them, and introducing us to one of … Continue reading D’Amore’s, the nation’s best “healthy” pizza