Ahh new openings. They happen constantly and are so hard to keep up with, that the very definition of a "new opening" has for many come to mean "open for no longer than a week." But not to me! Below are 3 new(ish) openings worth noting, that will satisfy your various cravings in various corners of the city.Read More
You can find almost every possible cuisine in existence somewhere in LA. From Persian to Ethiopian to Mexican and everything in between, the diverse food culture is one of the many characteristics that make this city great. But some cuisines will always reign supreme, ensuring a certain level of success for restaurants that other cuisines don't. And one of those cuisines is Italian-- the ubiquitous and often vague "Italian" moniker is often applied to restaurants around the globe to signify approachable Western cuisine (something we noticed when traveling in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Seoul). However, successful Italian spots here have evolved past the generic spaghetti and red sauce offerings to create a formula for popularity across the city. That formula usually includes a modern and contemporary space, fresh takes on classic dishes, small plates, and modern pizza offerings. None of this is a bad thing; in fact, some of LA's best new restaurants fit into this category, and are excellent go-to neighborhood joints for a laid-back yet delicious meal.
One of these new contemporary-Italian spots, Cosa Buona, has become a must-visit corner pizza joint in Echo Park since opening in May. But interestingly enough, they're bringing their casual Italian fare and celebrated pizza menu to lunch, which seems surprisingly novel, especially when mixed in with dishes like tuna sandwiches and chicken wings. We popped in on for a low-key Monday afternoon meal, and really enjoyed the whole experience.Read More
When you think about it, the workday lunch is actually one of the most consistent meals. You're in the same place everyday around lunchtime, and chances are, you've already exhausted almost all your take-out, delivery, and quick lunch options nearby. However, if you work Downtown, the lunch options abound, catering to all the worker-bees in finance, banking, law, the wholesale fashion and jewelry sector, and more. But sometimes, it seems like options are either a super quick bite at a typical café (or worse, fast food joint), or a full, serious sit-down lunch at a grand spot like Bottega Louie. Finding that middle-ground of a quick sit-down lunch that is of a certain quality, delicious, and not super expensive is often a much more difficult task in these parts. But we've found 2 spots Downtown, Di Alba in the Arts District and Cento Pasta Bar, that perfectly fit the bill and are guaranteed to brighten your day with their boast-worthy bites.Read More