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Sixth + Mill

Sixth + Mill’s Sorrentina (house made Gnocchi), Margherita Pizza, and house made Orecchiette (Photos by Paige Petrone)

Sixth + Mill

  • Story / Photos By Paige Petrone

Recently I was able to check out Sixth + Mill Pizzeria and Bar. It’s owned by partners Matteo Ferdinandi and Chef Angelo Auriana who also own and operate The Factory Kitchen and Brera Ristorante which are located on the same block in the trendy Arts District in downtown L.A. 

These guys really know Italian food. Although Sixth + Mill is known for more casual dining (compared to Factory and Brera) I thought the fare was really high quality and absolutely delicious. We began with the Tricolore Salad (three bitter greens with cured ricotta and tasty sun dried tomatoes) and Arancini (fried rice balls stuffed with beef, pork, and mozzarella cheese), and then we shared a Margherita pizza. The crust was special — very fresh and with a very homemade taste. When a restaurant has “pizzeria” in its name the pizza had better be top notch. And it did not disappoint! 

The winning dish hands down was the Sorrentina (house made Gnocchi!) smothered in delicious Pomodoro sauce and topped with house made burrata cheese. We also had the house made Orecchiette with rapini, anchovy, and aged ricotta. Simply divine. I always save room for dessert and I’m glad I did. They serve a childhood favorite of mine called Zeppoline — basically fried dough smothered in sugar! Delicious. Go!

Sixth + Mill Pizzeria and Bar is located at 1335 E. 6th Street in L.A.

Musso & Frank Grill

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt & Al Pacino in Columbia Pictures’ Once Upon a Hollywood shot at legendary Musso & Frank Grill (Photo by Andrew Cooper Copyright 2019 CTMG, Inc.)

Musso & Frank Grill

  • By Allison Starcher
  • Photo Courtesy of Musso & Frank Grill

In a city where heavily hyped restaurants are lucky to last one year, how has Musso & Frank managed to thrive for 100? With impeccable service, quality food and a little Hollywood magic, that’s how. Opening in 1919 they have weathered prohibition, depressions, and recessions, to find themselves just as popular as they enter their second century.

On a recent visit we were immediately seated in the sunlit dining room packed with lunch patrons. Gliding across the scarlet leather and nestling deep into our booth we were transported back through the decades, picturing Sinatra tossing his hat onto one of the coat hooks that line the aisles or Brad Pitt and Leo DiCaprio in “Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood,” knocking back a Bloody Mary at the bar.

While history and ambiance is what draws regulars and tourists, it’s the food that brings them back. We decided to go for the standard surf and turf. Proving practice makes perfect, the ribeye had an expert crispy char surrounding a juicy medium-rare interior. The lobster was so succulent and sweet it hardly needed the butter. While we couldn’t resist the potatoes au gratin, the side of bright broccolini gave our traditional meal a nod to the present. Both the New York Cheesecake and bolero clad waiter were smooth and sweet and left us remarking, “Well, that was fun. Let’s do it again.”

Musso & Frank Grill is located at 6667 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood.

Butcher’s Daughter

The Butcher’s Daughter in Venice

Butcher’s Daughter

  • By Sasha Gary

One of my favorite neighborhood restaurants is The Butcher’s Daughter in Venice. It is 100% vegetarian and vegan and gluten free friendly. Richard Rea is the Executive Chef. For many dishes, he swaps out a lot of meat-based menu items with plant-based ingredients using the freshest produce available. This place boasts an amazing team — Perry Ledesma is the Pastry Chef and Brandi Kowalski is the Head Juiceologist.

We sat in the back to catch up and decided to side-sit, Larry David style! This way we could catch the whole vibe of the room, designed by creator Heather Tierney. With the beautiful cool blue floral decor and lots of vegetation, the relaxing atmosphere was perfect to kick back and enjoy our lunch, which was fantastic! We decided to share the gluten free cauliflower margherita pizza and spicy kale caesar salad topped with crispy onion. We toasted our reunion with fresh juice … I had pure passion and my friend had the honey bee. So great! The pizza here is my absolute favorite. This was the first time I tried the gluten free and it was just delicious. East Coast pizza lovers will die over the dough and crust! The menu also features amazing dishes like the Impossible Burger and the El Cubano jackfruit sandwich. Whether you are a vegetarian or not, you will definitely find something here to enjoy.

The Butcher’s Daughter is located at 1205 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

The Auld Fella

The Auld Fella’s Blue Bacon & Potato Oven Baked Skillet Frittata (Photo Jane Harvey)

The Auld Fella

  • By Ashley Halverson
  • Photo By Jane Harvey

There’s a spry new pub in town – The Auld Fella in Downtown Culver City to be precise. Owner Kevin Kearns has curated the perfect space to indulge in Irish delicacies. The brunch menu has something for every appetite. The savory Oven Baked Skillet Frittatas are served hot and bubbly with a side of house made Irish Soda Bread (no raisins here) and Kerrygold butter of course. All pair well with the Hera The Dog Bloody Mary. To satisfy your sweet tooth try the Bailey’s French Toast or for a light sweet treat I recommend the Eaton Mess.

For dinner come hungry for The Traditional Irish Roast – a choice of Roast Beef with a kick of creamy horseradish, Roast Lamb with mint or Jandori Chicken. Other popular dishes are the Fish & Chips or The Burger with Dubliner Cheese – both served with house cut steak fries.

Indeed they have Irish whiskeys and beer but the Gin & Tonic offerings are a surprising delight. The Glendolough Irish Rose with blackberries and mint or Dingle with orange and rosemary. My cocktail of choice however is the Little Rosie – an Absolut Elyx grapefruit number – shaken and served in copper cocktail coupe. I must say the garnish bar is quite impressive as are the talents of the bar staff – most if not all of Irish descent.

The Auld Fella is located at 9375 Culver Boulevard in Culver City.

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