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Terroni (downtown) reviewed

I thought the pizza was pretty dynamite. What have you had there?

about 2 hours ago
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Terroni (downtown) reviewed

Terroni resides within a historic bank building, so you can only imagine the ceiling heights that reach to the heavens, the oversized windows, and the interior detailing that seems to have gone away eons before any of us took our first breath. Rounding out the space is a fully-stocked bar that hugs the center of the dining room like a coiled snake.

Having become slightly obsessed with California wines, I was taken aback when trying to decipher which Italian red would be most similar to my beloved Napa cabernet. Our hurried server promised to send over one of the expert wine staff to aid me in my decision. Ten minutes and no sommelier later, I marched up to the bar, myself, and ordered a glass of Brunello. By the time I returned to our table, I was greeted by a new server and much happier fellow diners.

After placing our food order, we were gifted with gratis sliced bread and a dish of fragrant olive oil. Shortly thereafter, our shared appetizers arrived.

Fiori di Zucchine
Stuffed with parmesan and house made ricotta cheese, four squash blossoms were deep fried to a perfect golden brown and crowned with flash-fried zucchini slices and fresh basil leaves.
While I love the concept of cheese-stuffed fritters, I am confident that these would be much more unctuous and moist if, instead, they were stuffed with marscapone cheese or a blend of ricotta and marscapone.

Funghi Assoluti
Tossed with parmesan cheese, sweet balsamic, extra virgin olive oil, and garlic, baked oyster mushrooms were served warm over a cool bed of spicy arugula greens.
Our table devoured this salad within what seemed like seconds! I highly recommend this dish for a group of folks with mixed dietary restrictions; the mushrooms are rich and meaty (although, obviously, meatless) and the savory flavors are exciting and bold.

Spaghetti al Limone
Handmade spaghetti noodles were enveloped in a rich sauce composed of lemon and olive oil, before being tossed with spinach, onions, and briny capers. Salty ribbons of parmesan cheese topped this mound of beautifully tangled pasta.
We thoroughly enjoyed this tangy, zesty "primi" that surprised us with exciting textures and an array of savory flavors with every bite.

"San Giorgio" pizza
Oh, the beautiful things that an oven capable of reaching 900-degrees can do for a pizza! Sadly, I do not have a picture of this masterpiece, but trust me when I say that this was the best pie I've had in recent memory. Or yet, in my LA culinary adventures, for that matter! Terroni's philosophy is NOT to pre-slice their pizzas, because "...in Italy pizza is served uncut to preserve its integrity and keep it hot."
A pillowy, charred crust gave way to robust tomato sauce, stringy mozzarella cheese, spicy Calabrese salame, and quartered mushrooms. It was nothing short of dynamite!

As a newcomer to LA, my goal is to not repeat the same restaurant twice. However, I can not stop thinking about this meal; there is just no way that I will only eat here once!!

about 3 hours ago
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area
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Katsu-ya v. SugarFISH: Pre-Hollywood Bowl Dinner

Sugarfish, w/o a doubt in the world.

Bean & Cheese Burrito, update

Cool!! I want to go again, too! Those tortillas...!!

Sep 09, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014: COCKTAILS and Bar Food

Bummer, didn't realize that. Regardless, I found the drinks that I did have to be quite fantastic. Thanks for the tip re The Eveleigh - that's another spot that I've been meaning to try. :)

Sep 05, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Tasting Kitchen Brunch Pictorial

GORGE-OUS!!!

Sep 04, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Bean & Cheese Burrito, update

That sucks, JAB. I had the opposite experience.
What are some of your favorite Mexican food spots? I'd love to find some.

Sep 04, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Great Lunch at Sushi Kiyono

Sounds like Redondo and Torrance are where I need to start! Thanks Kevin.
Went to Lady's Gunboat recently and wasn't *that* impressed. Some good stuff, some stuff just 'meh.'

Sep 04, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Bean & Cheese Burrito, update

The tortillas ARE fantastic. What about the burrito was off?

Sep 04, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Bean & Cheese Burrito, update

Absolutely there are beans! You can order just a bean/cheese burro, too! Like JAB said, below, the tortillas are FANTASTIC!

Sep 04, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Great Lunch at Sushi Kiyono

Seriously? I'm kind of shocked! But thank you for that info. How about traditional Southern cuisine?

Sep 04, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Bean & Cheese Burrito, update

La Azteca Tortilleria has the best burrito I've ever had in my life; granted, it was the 'chile relleno burrito.' Regardless, it was life altering...

Sep 04, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area
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WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

Another HUGE FAN of Vito's...and that's coming from a NY'er who just moved to LA.

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014: COCKTAILS and Bar Food

Awesome, will do! Thanks.

Sep 04, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Great Lunch at Sushi Kiyono

Really? I wasn't that impressed w/ Sushi Sushi. What do you love there?
Originally from Texas, but just moved here after 10-years in NYC.

Sep 04, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014: COCKTAILS and Bar Food

Granted, I've only lived here for 3.5 months, but the best cocktails I've had, thus far, are at Goldie's. Best 'Aperol spritz' in town, without a doubt. I also LOVED the 'California Aurora(California Aurora aperitivo, apricot, fresh sage, wildflower honey, California poppy oil, California lager)' and the 'Golden Girl (spiced tequila, passion fruit, agave, lime meringue).'

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www.TheLunchBelle.com

Sep 04, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, August 2014: COCKTAILS and Bar Food

No way! They offer Slivovitz? Love it.

Sep 04, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Great Lunch at Sushi Kiyono

As a recent transplant to the area from NYC, Kiyono is my immidiate-area-go-to. I find it much better than Sushi Sushi, which is located on the same street.
I'm not one to order ginormous, gloppy rolls, either. Grab a seat at the sushi bar and enjoy...

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www.TheLunchBelle.com

Sep 04, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

High End Hotel Dining from LA to OC

Not sure if it's the most over-the-top-fancy, but "Splashes" at the Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach is pretty fantastic. Plus, you cannot get closer to the water...even if you tried.

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www.TheLunchBelle.com

Sep 04, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Brunch in Santa Monica

Thanks! The location of Catch looks amazing.

Apr 17, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Brunch in Santa Monica

Thank you!

Apr 15, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Brunch in Santa Monica

Great, thanks!! : )

Apr 15, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Brunch in Santa Monica

Fantastic. Thank you for the Salt Air rec!

Apr 14, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Brunch in Santa Monica

Thanks ilysla! I will look in to these. :)

Apr 14, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Brunch in Santa Monica

Ahhh...just saw the weekend hours. Thank you!!

Apr 14, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Brunch in Santa Monica

That would be a dream. What do you think the wait would be on a Saturday at opening (11:30am)?

Apr 14, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Brunch in Santa Monica

Thanks! Saw this on Opentable.

Apr 14, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Brunch in Santa Monica

Thanks for the link! I've been reading about this place!

Apr 14, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Brunch in Santa Monica

Awesome, thank you! I saw FIG on Opentable, in fact. This just may work out perfectly!

Apr 14, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area

Brunch in Santa Monica

Great, thanks! I will check that out, jsandler.

Apr 14, 2014
LeahBaila in Los Angeles Area