March 2019

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(left to right) Nerano's Costa Amalfitana cocktail and an Iced Tea, house made Gnudi al Tartufo Nero covered in black truffles, house made Tagliolini al Limone, and Carciofi e Piselli Salad. (Photos Paige Petrone)



We recently discovered an elegant little Italian spot on the border of Beverly Hills.  Nerano, named after the charming fishing village off the Amalfi Coast, is serving up incredible Italian food, notable wines and craft cocktails to satisfy every palate. Start at the bar with the house favorite Costa Amalfitana ~ shaken with Tito’s Vodka, Pavan Muscat Liqueur and lime juice, garnished with fresh sage and an Autumn Royal Grape ~ this sweet tart cocktail is fit for royalty.

Highly recommended is the Carciofi e Piselli ~ a scrumptious salad made of baby artichokes, snow peas and arugula tossed in a light lemony vinaigrette and topped with shaved pecorino.  For the name alone you must try the Gnudi al Tartufo Nero!  Super creamy ricotta and spinach gnudi topped with toasted sage, chanterelle mushrooms and black truffle.  Another fantastic dish is the Tagliolini al Limone. Perfectly al dente homemade tagliolini noodles tossed with basil, lemon zest and Ferrarini Parmigiano-reggiano. One thing is for certain ~ this kitchen knows how to do pasta!

In keeping with the fishing village theme, they offer impressive seafood dishes.  Diver Scallops, Branzino and Gulf Spot Prawns are house specialties. Make sure to save some room for the decadent dark chocolate Nocciolino dessert. Amalfi take me away!

Nerano is located at 9960 S Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills.


Terroni in West Hollywood



Would you go to an Italian restaurant with roots in Canada? I would, especially if that restaurant is Terroni. For owner Max Stefanelli, the move to introduce LA to authentic Southern Italian food was good news for us Angelenos. LA abounds with Italian restaurants, we are home to many transplants from north to Sicily. Both West Hollywood and Downtown LA locations are gorgeously designed and welcoming. Walk into the West Hollywood location at any time of day or night and you’re suddenly in the middle of a dozen family diners. Three generations sharing hand-made pizza, arancini, and spreads of salumi and formaggi. The Downtown LA location was originally a bank built in the early 1900’s; high ceilings, the floor beneath your feet, the original entry and meandering bar.

Diners of both locations benefit from the attention of a full Italian bar and thousands of wine bottles. The food may be southern, but the wine comes from the “boot” from thigh to tippy-toe. Nebbiolo from Piemonte and Etna Rosso from Sicilia and everything in between, all 20 Italian wine regions are represented. Your average server at Terroni knows more about wine than the average diner, because Stefanelli makes a commitment to educating his people. If you’re in the WeHo Terroni, ask for Christian Barrion, your go-to Sommelier.

Terroni is located at 7605 Beverly Blvd and 802 S. Spring Street.

Nick’s in Pasadena

Nick’s in Pasadena

Nick’s in Pasadena

  • By Kymberly Chase

Lovely atmosphere, subdued lighting, candlelit tables, a lovely bar, and a hipster vibe. Nick’s perfects the balance between comfort and class.  It’s truly a gorgeous place to dine and it’s open every day for lunch and dinner. While the staff makes you feel at home, the finely presented food and refined atmosphere whisks you away in accordance with Nick’s motto, “Dine, Drink, Escape.”

For the Dining, we started with the tuna tartare appetizer which was delicious. And the deviled eggs! You get four and they are loaded with great stuff. We enjoyed them lightly deep fried. Definitely recommended!  The shrimp taquitos were also quite tasty. Our main entree was the San Francisco Cioppino — absolutely out of this world and probably the best I’ve had in Los Angeles. If you’re a seafood lover, definitely try it! We also had the ribs which were tender and melting off the bone.

For the Drink, we had the Single Barrel Margarita and the delicious Black and Blue mojito! Nick’s has a great wine list and a variety of really great beers. The service was spot on and everyone was very attentive. Nick’s in Pasadena is part of a small chain with other locations mainly near the beach. Our evening was truly an Escape, right in the heart of busy Pasadena. A Jewel! Go!

Nick’s is located at 336 South Lake Avenue in Pasadena.

Kymberly Chase

Truman House Tavern

Kymberly Chase

  • By Kymberly Chase

There’s nothing like finding a gem! In this case, right in the heart of downtown San Fernando! Yes, you read that right! A nice new addition to the San Fernando Mall and nestled between stores full of quinceañera dresses and cowboy boots you will find Truman House Tavern!

In fact, everything about this spot exudes subtle charm! The exterior is lined with wood and there are large doors and windows that are open, making the space feel very airy. Inside is a beautiful little brewery spot with wood, exposed brick, and a super cool vibe. It is one of the few places in the area that serves a rotation of 10 local craft beers on tap, a full bar, and a creative bar team that will make you just the right mixed drink or suggest the right California wine to complement your meal or mood!

There are large screen TVs to watch fun sports of your liking. The menu offers a great selection of fun, delicious morsels. Brewery bar food such as loaded potato wedges, mac and cheese, salads, and yummy parmesan truffle fries are delectable. The main dishes are not to be missed — their popular and delicious chipotle chicken panini and the fresh beer battered cod fish and chips are favorites. There’s live entertainment too! Truman House Tavern, we have unfinished business … I truly enjoyed myself and I will be back!

Truman House Tavern is located at 911 San Fernando Road in San Fernando.

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