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CPK in Hollywood

(left to right) California Pizza Kitchen's Waldorf Salad, CPK's signature Sangria with rum, and Margherita Pizza

CPK in Hollywood

  • Story / Photos By Paige Petrone

California Pizza Kitchen has many locations in Los Angeles, but the restaurant at the tourist haven at Hollywood and Highland is perfect for several reasons, the largest being that Hollywood and Highland is home to the Academy Awards and filled with tourist attractions. This location boasts one of the best views of the iconic Hollywood Sign, which never gets old! It’s also the only spot in the area that offers complimentary and easy parking (free for the first two hours with validation) and also features shuttle service to the Hollywood Bowl.

Back east if a restaurant has a name that includes “Pizza” it is all about the pizza! But that is not the case at CPK! They offer wine, beer, and a long list of specialty cocktails from which to choose. I highly recommend their signature Sangria with rum. Yummy! This is festive, refreshing, and delicious.

The menu has lots of fun California-themed appetizer options. You will find Sticky Asian Cauliflower, Mexican Street Corn, Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower, White Corn Guacamole and Chips, and Crispy Mac ‘N’ Cheese. We shared the Waldorf Salad with blue cheese, apples, grapes, and candied walnuts followed by the Chicken Milanese covered with lemony arugula and shaved Parmesan cheese. Both were really terrific. I will definitely be going back to have them again!

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Cantina Frida

Cantina Frida’s Enchilada Trio (Photo Ashley Halverson)

Cantina Frida

  • Story / Photo By Ashley Halverson

If you’re a fan of longtime Frida Mexican Restaurant on South Beverly Drive then you will no doubt love the new Cantina Frida on North Beverly Drive. This big open airy cantina has a great vibe offering exquisite entrees, of course some cool creative cocktails that go way beyond the classic margaritas. The cantina shelves boast over 100 varieties of tequila and mescal.  Hello Happy Hour!

We enjoyed everything we tried on a recent visit starting with some table-side made to order guacamole. The Cantina Salad is a must try with it’s fresh strawberries and grapes, goat cheese and mixed greens tossed in a honey-mustard dressing and topped with our choice of a perfectly grilled salmon filet. Craving enchiladas? The Trio plate was the most beautiful plate I’ve ever seen with one each of tomatillo, chile-ancho and chile-chocolate enchiladas drizzled with crema and red onions. Loved the unique flavors of every one. They also offer a dozen different tacos – Carne Asada of course, Battered Cauliflower or Sauteed Shrimp just to name a few and the fajitas looked to be popular too.

If you manage to save room for dessert, take server Luis’ suggestion and try the Camote Dulce – a generous dish of roasted sweet potato with crumbles and a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Estoy feliz!

Cantina Frida is located at 252 N Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills.

Scopa Italian Roots

(left to right) Scopa Italian Root's Rice Ball in meat sauce, the "West End" cocktail, the Baby Kale salad (Photos Paige Petrone)

Scopa Italian Roots

  • Story / Photos By Paige Petrone

I’ve been a fan of Scopa Italian Roots ever since they opened a few years ago in Venice Beach. I’ve dined there several times and thought it was time to check out weekend brunch. Owner and Chef Antonia Lofaso is from New York and shows a playful side with menu options. Most dishes have a beach reference and east coast theme with an Italian spin showcased Chef Antionia’s way! For brunch you will find a Nathan’s Hot Dog with sauerkraut, peppers, onions, Gulden’s mustard, and spicy pickles, a Boardwalk Waffle with spumoni, whipped cream, and berries, a NYC School Special Sandwich that includes scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheddar cheese, Steak & Eggs with a 5oz. rib eye medallion, and other assorted egg dishes. Also, you must try the Crispy Squash Blossoms filled with ricotta, mozzarella, and tomato and Chef’s traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs. Deliziosa!

On my recent visit we shared festive cocktails, the Baby Kale salad with bottarga (cured fish roe), crushed egg, Pecorino Romano, and pickled shallots, the Meatball Hero with Burrata, arugula, and Parmesan, the Italian Hero with prosciutto, salami, and provolone, and a Rice Ball served in meat sauce stuffed with peas and mozzarella cheese. Be sure to save room for dessert and try the Coffee Cake with cinnamon sugar crumble (baked fresh daily). The Zeppole are house-made Italian doughnuts smothered in powdered sugar. Simply the best.

Scopa Italian Roots is located at 2905 Washington Boulevard in Venice.


Margot’s Main Patio (Photo Umbrella)


  • By Kymberly Chase
  • Photo By Umbrella

There are always new eateries to explore in LA. However, only a few bring something unique and creative to the scene. Situated atop Culver City’s Platform Design and Retail Center, Margot offers the culinary best of Spain and Italy. The experience is a mix of California chic and outright rooftop decadence with views that spill out over west LA.

The menu is market-driven and inspired by coastal Mediterranean cuisine. The plates are designed to be enjoyed family style and they are categorized by crudo, shared, salads and vegetables, meat and fish, and pasta. House made focaccia is available with several topping options and the house ricotta with fresh grated tomato, a modern take on pan tomate, is a standout. Stuffed Piquillo Peppers with idiazabel cheese and salsa verde are sweet and savory and the breadcrumbs on top added a nice crunch. Excellent charred broccoli with crispy quinoa, feta, and broccoli tzatziki, had a little bit of everything. The feta was creamy and the quinoa crunchy and the broccoli was ever so tasty!

The cocktail menu is inspired by Italian and Spanish aperitivo and vermouth drinking traditions. A glass-enclosed wine cellar houses a curated selection of 180 global wines with a wide range of vintages from Italy, Spain, France and California. Oh, Margot — I’ve already made reservations to return!

Margot is located at 8820 Washington Boulevard in Culver City.

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