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April 2017

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Vespaio Downtown!

Vespaio’s Arugula, Endive and Gorganzola Salad

Vespaio Downtown!

  • Story / Photo By Paige Petrone

After an amazing and inspiring visit to The Broad Museum we made our way over to Vespaio for a leisurely lunch. This lovely, elegant Italian restaurant is just a few steps away from the museum. Super convenient.

Vespaio opened its doors about a year ago and is brought to us from AGO Restaurant’s (Tuscan-style) Chef Agostino Sciandri. Designed by Ralph Gentile Architects, the dining room and glorious patio are both extremely comfortable and pleasant, featuring high ceilings, multi-colored glass fixtures, and decadent deep leather couches.

After sipping signature cocktails, we settled in and ordered up! We began with Baby Artichoke Carpaccio (with wild rucola, Parmigiano and lemon olive oil dressing), the “special salad” of Arugula, Endive and Gorgonzola, and Funghi Pizza (with tomato, mozzarella, and mixed mushrooms). The special salad was a standout and was light, refreshing and very delicious. The pizza was also pretty special.

Next we sampled the Linguini Vongole (clams and zucchini), Homemade Tuscan Kale and Ricotta Ravioli (served in a butter sage sauce), and a whole Roasted Branzino (white fish) with Broccoli Rabe. The ravioli and linguini were to die for. We finished up with chocolate mousse. Simply divine. Check it out!

Vespaio is located at 225 S. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A.

Feels like Paris!

Meet in Paris French Bistro in Culver City

Feels like Paris!

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photo Courtesy of Meet in Paris

My fondest memories of Paris are those tiny unpretentious bistros that served incredible food and drink where you could sit for hours with a glass of wine and some good crusty bread.  Imagine my delight when I found just such a place in Los Angeles. I knew I was in the right place when I heard so many diners speaking French! Located in Culver City, Meet in Paris offers all the classic French dishes I adore from Onion Soup and Escargots to Coq au Vin, Bouillabaisse, Le Steak Frites and Boeuf Bourguignon.

But the real pièce de résistance here are their Mussels served in your choice of 17 sauces.  Be sure to go early on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday evenings for All You Can Eat Mussels – the best deal in the city.  My favorites are the Lobster Bisque, Moutrade Ancienne (with mushrooms and bacon with mustard) and the Meet in Paris special with crab.  For those who want to combine two loves, try the French Onion Baked Mussels.

And yes, there are some lighter items like a beautiful Trout and a simple Croque Monsier.  At lunch, the menu features crepes and quiches too. There’s an extensive well-priced wine list and the staff is very helpful in suggesting perfect pairings. The place is tiny with small tables close together.  I suggest dining on the patio if possible under the red awning. Meet in Paris French Bistro is the perfect place to travel to…if just for one day.

Meet in Paris is located at 9727 Culver Boulevard in Culver City.

Terrazza Lounge!

Terrazza Lounge’s Roasted Beets (at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica)

Terrazza Lounge!

  • By Kymberly Chase
  • Photo By Paige Petrone

Nestled beside the glittering sands of Santa Monica Beach, the Terrazza Lounge at Casa Del Mar is a charismatic getaway for delicious, laid-back dining while gazing out at the crashing waves of the Pacific ocean and mesmerizing lights of the Santa Monica Pier. It’s the perfect place for a weekend brunch, a sun-drenched lunch, or a sunset tapas dinner.

The Italian and Spanish cuisine is enhanced by a patina of local California ingredients, and offers a generous selection of tasty items. I recommend starting with the delicious roasted beet salad with creamy burrata, olives, oranges, and capers. The Italian pastas – like the Bucantini Pomodoro with san marzano tomatoes – are made in house and are simply divine, truly one of the highlights of this restaurant.

Feel like skewing more to Southern California than Southern Italy? Well nothing represents Cali more and a must have is the ocean fresh Dungeness Crab Crostini on country bread with green jalapenos & garlic aioli. Or the feel good and full grass-fed juicy beef burger with aged cheddar and addictive steak fries! Craving something sweet? Then you must indulge and order the Seasonal Berry Cobbler with its buttery crust and a scoop of ice cream on top will leave you with smile. A day at the beach never tasted so delicious!

Terrazza Lounge is located at 1910 Ocean Way (inside Casa Del Mar Hotel) in Santa Monica.

The Farm of BH!

The Farm of Beverly Hills’ Chicken Farro Salad

The Farm of BH!

  • By Ashley Halverson
  • Photo By Paige Petrone

If you’ve never heard of The Farm of Beverly Hills then you must not be from around here.  If you’ve never been to the Farm then you must put it on your top ten list of places to check out and no doubt you will return again and again. If you are a fan of farm to table ~ this is the original.  What started as Jackson’s Farm with it’s farm stand deli case that served Beverly Hills’ casual crowd in the mid 90’s has evolved over the past 20 years to the iconic eatery that it is today.  Long time loved staff member Kelli Cotton took the reins over a year ago which promises many more years of farm goodness in Beverly Hills.

From breakfast to dinner, their menus offer creative comfort foods, exquisite salads and decadent desserts. Cold pressed juices as well as a full bar for the cocktail crowd. I suggest you begin with the beautiful Roasted Baby Beets salad with crisp and creamy goat cheese fritters, orange and blueberries drizzled in a white balsamic viniagrette.  Our favorite dish was the staff recommended Chicken Farro Salad. A healthy portion of house marinated grilled chicken on top of little gem lettuce with asparagus, feta and watermelon radish in a lemon viniagrette ~ light, lemony and delicious! Yum. The Famous Farm Brownie Sundae makes for the perfect finish with vanilla bean ice cream drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauce ~ rated 5 forks for sure! Go!

The Farm of Beverly Hills is located at 439 N Beverly Drive.

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