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Bestia: Good things happen to the ones who wait

Every time I tried to make a reservation at Bestia they would kindly reply that they had an opening in 2-3 weeks so I would always end up going somewhere else. When my husband asked where did I want to go for our 10th anniversary I immediately replied: Bestia. We made a reservation almost a month in advance and all we could get was a countertop side table.
BESTIA
2121 Seventh Place
Los Angeles CA, 90021
213.514.5724
Bestia is located at the border of the arts district surrounded by old warehouses in an area of DTLA that is rapidly changing. The restaurant is in a renovated industrial building down the train yard.   It has an   L shape countertop that goes from the bar to the salumi bar and an open kitchen. Bestia is modern urban at its best. The night we were there it was as it always is: shoulder to shoulder. It was one of those rare rainy LA nights and we pushed our way in. My husband asked the hostess are we sitting at the bar?” She smirked and playfully replied Oh no, you guys are in the restaurant”. It was like we were entering another world by taking two steps to the right of the bar.
Pictured: Vacation Cocktail
Dinner began with the pan-fried ciccioli, a delicious pork cake that is traditionally
made with spare pork parts. To better describe it, its like the ultimate crab
cake but made with the best parts of our piggy friend. It’s everything that “pork lovers” dream off: crunchy, fried and porky.
Pictured: Pan-fried ciccioli
From the antipasti section we had the roasted marrow bone with spinach gnocchetti. The plate was beautiful. Unlike in other restaurants, it comes with a gnocchetti pasta. What you do is to scrape the marrow into the pasta, mix it and eat it. Probably the best bone marrow I have had in years.
 Pictured: Roasted marrow bone
For our main dish we ordered the bucatini alla‘nduja affumicata with burrata. The spaghetti was cooked al dente with a tomato sugo topped with melting burrata. Imagine the best spaghetti you’ve ever had smothered in a spicy tomato sauce with a big fat dollop of what looks like cream but is actually fresh mozzarella cheese. As you dip your fork in the burrata it will expand like lava from a volcano and reach every single inch of
the spaghetti: spicy, cheesy, delicious.
Pictured: Bucatini alla‘nduja affumicata
We also had the cavatelli alla norcina. Don’t be deceived by the simple presentation, this is one of Bestia’s classics, a signature dish and rightfully so.  The pork sausage, black truffles and the grana padano cheese completely elevate the richness of the plate to another level.
Pictured: Cavatelli alla norcina
To close the night we went with the maple ricotta fritters. It came with a maple butter ganache, sour cream and huckleberry jam ice cream. I don’t think this needs any further explanation. I felt a little bit like the princess and the vagabond; we were trying to figure out who should have the last bite. It was just exquisite.
Pictured: Maple ricotta fritters
This was the best meal of the year and I was lucky to share it with my favorite person in the world. Bestia is and will continue to be a food landmark in Los Angeles because of its amazing rustic Italian plates, its obsession with charcuterie and dreamy desserts.
Without a doubt Bestia was worth the wait.

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Foodie Shares: Your Answer to a Rainy Day

It’s raining in Los Angeles. It’s BEEN raining for two days straight. I know we’re in a drought. I know this is a good thing… but I’m out of groceries and I don’t want to go outside. What’s a Girl on Food to do?

Try the new app Foodie Shares! This app that brings fresh homecookin’ to your front door.

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What I love about Foodie Shares is that the Chefs are rated by past customers.  I found 5 star Chef DelishBento in my area who was available to cook her signature dish and have it delivered to me.

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Pictured: Taiwanese Chicken Cutlet Bento by DelishBento

I ordered the Taiwanese Chicken Cutlet Bento. I was amazed at how crispy the chicken stayed through the delivery process. The spices that DelishBento used were so good. The shoyu egg was a pleasant surprise and the pickled veggies were great too.  Dee-lish.

For now, Foodie Shares is only available on the Westside in LA, but that could change soon.

Status Kuo in Mar Vista

Venice is going through swift gentrification. It sucks. I have nothing against big business, but when you’re raising rents so high it kicks out long running family owned businesses, that’s just not ok. Some of the small businesses I love (like La Fiesta Brava on Rose Ave) are being forced out and are being replaced with the same types of restaurants by the same types of owners. We’re losing variety.My boyfriend and I have been exploring other parts of the Westside, in case we need to escape. I hopped on the Cover app and found a spot called Status Kuo. If you haven’t checked out the Cover app yet, get on it. Girls on Food readers get $10 off their first purchase, follow the instructions here: http://share.covr.me/#girlsonfood. I have discovered so many spots in LA on it and I can’t wait to use it in NYC, San Francisco and Salt Lake City.

Status Kuo is located in Mar Vista, which is an up and coming neighborhood in LA. For years, Mar Vista has been thought of as a suburb and less of a hot spot with business potential, but that’s changing. The intersection of Venice Blvd and Grandview Ave is where the magic is happening. I’m okay with this small make-over because it doesn’t kick out small business, it attracts more of it. The AMF Mar Vista Lanes have turned into Bowlero Mar Vista, revamping the outdated 80’s style into a lively 10’s bowling alley. This intersection also features a great used bookstore, a longtime running costume shop, hip coffeeshops and even a locally owned soap shop. Venice Blvd and Grandview Ave also happens to be home to my favorite farmer’s market, see review here

 Status Kuo
3809 Grand View Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 574-7610
Status Kuo has a what I consider to a be a classically appealing esthetic. It feels clean with it’s white walls, light wooden tables and benches. I adore the farm animal art, it brings a Portland feel to it. I love restaurants with an open kitchen, as it keeps the staff on their toes. I also get a kick out of hearing the random kitchen noises, it makes me feel like I’m a part of the team.
Our server promptly told us about the specials and got our drinks going. I do wish there was more variety in the beverage options, since they don’t have a beer and wine list, but that could change. It’s still a relatively new spot. I checked into the Cover app, which was great because I could come and go as I pleased. No waiting around for the bill.
Pictured: Taiwanese Sunday Gravy
The Brunch menu is an eclectic mix of American dishes with flair from other countries. I asked the server what the most popular pasta dish was and she suggested the Taiwanese Sunday Gravy. The house-made pasta swims in a curious broth with braised pork, mushrooms, pickled mustard greens and a chili sauce. The broth tastes like it was soy sauce with shallots and possibly clove or cinnamon.  I’m honestly not 100% sure what herbs/spices were used for the broth but it was so good I had to order a side of toast to soak it up. The toast came out with a yuzu butter that added an unexpected citrus twist to the flavoring.  This is easily one of the best pasta dishes on the Westside.

Pictured: Rotisserie Pork with Grits
When we were first seated, my boyfriend couldn’t help but gawk at this dish the table next to us got. He told the server “I’ll have what she’s having”. It was the Rotisserie Pork with Grits. The cheesy grits are topped with braised kale, crispy skinned porchetta and a sunny side up egg. The porchetta was a lot leaner than most of what I’ve had in the past, which is great, cause I don’t do well with overly fatty swine.  Nothing survived from my boyfriend’s chow session. It was so good I only got one bite in before he devoured the rest of it.
If you’re in Mar Vista and you want a “stick to your ribs” type meal, this is the place to be. I will be back here for sure to try the other items and I will post more soon. Don’t forget to download the Cover app to get $10 off your first meal from Girls on Food.

Patties and Pies: 3 Square Cafe + Bakery’s Summer Pop-Up

The term “pop-up” doesn’t just apply to fashion. Restaurants in cities all over the world, especially in the past couple of years, have been developing their own pop-ups. Pop-ups are tough on customers because unlike a restaurant that has central locations, we can’t always get that food again. As a customer, we have to savor that food while we can. Food trucks are probably the most popular form of a pop-up I can think of, but I’m starting to see more in actual restaurants.

I finally got around to walking the Abbot Kinney First Friday in Venice, CA last week. Abbot Kinney Blvd. was deemed “the coolest block in America” by GQ magazine in 2012 and I can see why. The mile long street has a very hip, boho-chic vibe to it. Even the buildings with expensive retailers look distressed and as if they’ve been there since the 60’s. I like this look though. It’s fun.
There was an overwhelming amount of food trucks on Abbot Kinney. I suppose I could’ve stopped at one, but I didn’t want to wait in a long line only to end up eating my food on the sidewalk. I found 3 Square Cafe + Bakery and found to be aesthetically inviting right off the bat.
3 Square Cafe + Bakery 
1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
I am coining their patio “the coolest people watching spot in America”, cause it has a great view of the block.
3 Square is known for their German and Californian blended Breakfast and Lunch on the weekdays and Brunch on the weekends. During the Summer they have a dinner pop-up open Wednesday – Saturday nights 4 PM – 10 PM called Patties and Pies. As you can gather from the name, it’s all about burgers and dessert pies. It all sounded amazing and after a long walk, I was ready to kick back and chow down.

 

3 Square is owned by Chef/Restaurateur Hans Rockenwagner who wrote the popular cookbooks Rockenwagner and Das Cookbook: German Cooking…California Style. Hans is well known in the LA food scene for providing pretzels and other baked good to retailers like Gelson’s and Whole Foods. He’s also credited with inventing the Rockenwagner Pretzel Burger, which has been imitated by many other restaurants. I was stoked to come in on a night he was there, cause he was able to provide me with a look at their updated Patties and Pies menu starting this week (5/3/15). Foodies, it’s  sehr gut.
Pictured: Avocado Fries
The avocado fries are a staple here. It’s literally a sliced avocado, battered and deep fried with a side of fire roasted salsa. I was amazed by this dish, because even though it’s deep fried, it has an unexpected freshness to it. I expect to see county fairs imitating this dish soon.
Pictured: Avocado Crostini
Yes Foodies, I was on an avocado kick that day. The avocado crostini is another longtime dish here. The toast is fresh baked, then grilled, topped with mashed avocado and watermelon radish. Simple, yet delectable.
Pictured: Grilled asparagus with leeks and romesco sauce
This is an interesting item to have on the menu, cause it’s inspired by Spanish tapas. The fresh asparagus is grilled and topped with leeks. The leeks are prepared in a similar style to Calcotada, the leeks are roasted, then topped with a romesco sauce. The romesco sauce at 3 Square is made with ground almonds, which adds a soft nuttiness to it. It still has that expected garlic and chilli kick to it.
Pictured: The Swiss Burger
Oh boy. Here we go. It’s a doozy to eat, but it’s so worth it. It’s a ground veal patty, topped with fried onion rings, bacon, hash browns, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, then smothered with a parsley aioli and that is all sandwiched in a biscuit bun. It’s bonkers. It’s also one of the best burgers I’ve ever had and now I’m wishing more places had veal patties. This burger separates 3 Square from all the other burgers on the Westside.
Pictured: Wild Blueberry Pie
It wouldn’t be Patties and Pies without a delicious pie to finish it off. The blueberry pie a la mode paired with a hot cup of their Stumptown Coffee brought out the Dale Cooper in me. The crust is flakey and buttery. The filling was packed with actual berries that maintained their flavor.
I can’t turn down a Twin Peaks reference.
Foodies, you have to stop into Patties and Pies this Summer before the pop-up goes away! Check out rockenwagner.com for more information.

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What a Miracle!: Yuko Kitchen and Milk Jar Cookies

I found a burrito that isn’t exhausting to eat and doesn’t make you feel like a blimp after. I never thought it was possible. My foodie adventures in Miracle Mile are below.

Yuko Kitchen
5484 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
DTLA location coming soon
I loved YK’s bright colors and lush greenery around the patio and outside. Bonus points for having heaters ready to go. It’s so cute but it’s a popular spot at lunch, so be prepared for it to get a little tight.
In addition to Japanese inspired food, they also have boba beverages and frozen lemonades. I got the apple mint lemonade and it was so refreshing. It didn’t have a syrupy taste at all, just crisp and lightly sweet.
We started with their Spicy Salmon Nachos, which was perfectly portioned for 2 people to split as an appetizer. This was such a fun Japanese take on a Mexican dish with fried wontons instead of tortilla chips, fresh avocado, cherry tomatoes, cream cheese, daikon radish and what I believe was a hoison sauce to dip it in.
Behold. This is the Bowl Lito. I couldn’t seem to get a beauty shot, so this messy one will have to do. It’s the same concept of a Mexican burrito, but it’s wrapped with nori, packed with sushi rice, cucumbers, avocado, seaweed and lettuce. I chose to add spicy beef to it. It was so meaty and buttery but it has a refreshing taste to it, which I know sounds weird. It’s a little tough to hold together but it’s worth the mess. This is a must try if you’re in the Miracle Mile area.
Milk Jar Cookies
5466 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
I’m a sucker for shabby chic and girlie stuff so Milk Jar Cookies’ interior won my heart right off the bat. I wasn’t able to sample all the cookies but I did get the seasonal cookie, which was Salted Butterscotch. It tasted “fresh out of Mom’s oven” it was chewy without being doughy and the salt on top is such a modern twist on a classic cookie. I cannot wait to come back and be a cookie monster.

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Brentwood Bliss: M Cafe

Hi Foodies,

It’s been far too long. A lot of the Girls on Food have been super busy lately but I wanted to share an article I wrote that got published in Brentwood Focus magazine. I had the pleasure of interviewing Filmmaker Andy Crete over a fantastic (and healthy) meal at M Cafe. I figured I’d share the meal with you. You can read the full interview, in the February 2014 issue, here: http://brentwoodfocus.com/online-issue/

 

M Cafe 

11678 San Vicente Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90049

 

This was fantastic. The Bi-Bim Bop Whole-Grain Bowl. So many great flavors topped with a buttery salmon. The spicy miso sauce was yum-o.

 

 

My buddy Andy ordered the Baja M Chopped. Luckily I was able to get a bite. Everything on their menu is a part of the Macrobiotic diet, so even if it looked unhealthy, it was still good for you. That’s how I rationalize things…

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Sunday Girl: La Petite Creperie (CLOSED) and Mar Vista Farmer’s Market

What’s up Foodies?

The transition from Seattle to LA was a tough one on me and I wasn’t able to get out and enjoy tasty morsels as much as I wanted to. Now that I’m a bit more settled (I’ve got a great day-job and a gym to burn those problematic calories) I can venture out and have some new experiences.
I’m sure some of the readers will disagree with me, but I feel like LA is a bit of an over-rated city when it comes to food. First off, LA is so huge and the traffic gets so crazy, it’s tough to venture out far. I currently live in Venice and the thought of driving to Silverlake to try some of it’s top places seems dreadful. Although I love living on the Westside, it’s easy to get bored with the food here. Santa Monica is too touristy, Venice’s Abbot Kinney is out of my price range (there are some good reasonably priced eats on Main Street which I’ll write about soon) and although I adore cocktails from the Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Rey, most restaurants have been nothing to write about.
Mar Vista is a small residential and commercial neighborhood West of Venice. It reminds of Downtown Roseville, which is where I grew up, outside of Sacramento. There are cute shops, cafes and restaurants within walking distance of each other on Venice Blvd. Mar Vista seems to have a family/community type feel to it after researching it online. I found a cute Creperie there and I’m becoming a bit of a regular there now. What girl isn’t a sucker for a Provencal-style cafe with a hint of shabby-chic whimsy to it?
La Petite Crêperie (UPDATED 6/10/15 – CLOSED, RIP)
3809 Grand View Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90066

Poulet à La Crème

I was in the mood for a savory crepe and the Poulet à La Crème was just what I needed. This is a different presentation than what I was expecting (ingredients folded into crepe) and I didn’t know it was going to be a Wheat Crepe mix used. Luckily, looks are deceiving because this was just as good as eating a stuffed crepe and the wheat adds a grainy texture that I now prefer over the standard crepe mix. The Crème Fraîche sauce is very rich and seemed to have a great white wine taste to it. The Chicken is also perfectly cooked and soaks up the Crème Fraîche sauce. There’s also enough sauce to mix into the mixed green salad it comes with.
A la Banane
The second time I went it I asked the server what the most popular item outside of crepes was and he recommended the A la Banane; which is French Toast smothered in a Brown Sugar and dark Rum sauce, topped with Bananas, Hazelnuts and imported Marscarpone cheese. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but how could I resist this? It’s like a breakfast version of Banana’s Foster. This was very delicious but I think it covered a year worth of sweets for me. Their menu is online and I’m looking forward to trying the Pommes and the Saumon Fumé.
 Blue Flowers – From Mar Vista Farmer’s Market
Mar Vista Farmer’s Market 
Sundays, 9 AM – 2 PM

Grand View Ave and Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

One thing I really miss about Sacramento and Seattle are their great Farmer’s Markets. It’s a Sunday morning tradition for me; eat a good meal, get fresh local produce and if I have a few extra bucks, some pretty flowers. It’s also fun to build bonds with the vendors so they hook you up with the best items. In LA, most people flock to the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market on Wednesday mornings. I find it incredibly over-whelming. There are way too many people and vendors crammed together- I get claustrophobic! I also heard a story about a person driving through the market and injuring people. I know it’s an irrational fear, but…
I recently discovered the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market (http://www.marvistafarmersmarket.org/) and it has become my Sunday morning ritual. The Farmers are very friendly and they offer plenty of samples. In addition to farmers, there are plenty of activities to keep kids busy and cute kitchen accessories, there are also a lot of food vendors with plenty of hot goodies you can munch on while shopping. A few of my favorite things are below.
Ring Baked Tofu Donuts
I’m going bonkers trying to find any contact info for this business! Such a shame because the Red Velvet was so delicious. Ever since I started working behind the camera donuts have been my enemy. They’re usually greasy and gross. These baked Tofu Donuts where light, lightly sweet and don’t weigh you down after consumption. If anyone out there has contact info for this business let me know. I want to try the Green Tea donut.
Dairy Goddess Farmstead Cheese
I tried them all and not only are all of them fantastic spreads THEY’RE ALL UNDER 30 CALORIES PER SERVING!!!!!!!
I never thought I’d see the day I’d post low-calorie food but I guess there’s a first time for everything. The kind gentleman working the stand started me on the Naked spread, so I could taste the base, a savory Fromage Blanc. Then he had me try all of them. I walked with the “The Valley”, which is a spread with Peaches, Almonds and sweetened with Honey. This is a great addition to Non-Fat Greek Yogurt and to dip your Strawberries in. I also walked with the “Ol West” spread with bits of real bacon and ranch flavoring. I have used this spread to dip Bellpeppers in but it’s also perfect (and guilt-free) on-top of a baked potato.
MASA – Artisan Gourmet Tamales
I picked up a bag of MASA’s Goat Cheese Corn and Jalapeno Tamales but was a little concerned they’d dry out when I tried to heat them up. What I did was put the tamales (keep corn wrapper on) on a plate and put about 2 tablespoons of water on the plate. Also, lightly dampen a paper towel and wrap it around the plate. This way it steams in the microwave and keeps all the flavors succulent inside. The Goat Cheese was a bit of a risk since I am so used to a traditional Mole or Verde mixture inside. These were great tamales though and can’t wait to pick up the Spicy Chickpeas and Guatemalan Rice Tamales next trip.

Beachy Brunch: Geoffrey’s Malibu

The drive to Geoffrey’s Malibu on the PCH is one of the best drives you could ever experience. If the weather is behaving or not, to your left (if driving from Venice) is a beautiful view of the California Oceanside. Malibu has many beachside spots but I had read the Geoffrey’s Malibu had the best view, and that was no lie! Plus, you have to have seafood if you’re eating on a shoreline!
Geoffrey’s Malibu
27400 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
We were a little concerned we wouldn’t get the best seat, since we came here on a busy Sunday brunch, but look at the view to your left. That was the view we scored, in fact, I can’t imagine there’s any “bad view” here. All of their patio seating had a breathtaking view. My favorite items are below and I cannot wait to come back!
We started off with a Mimosa and the Golden Beet Salad with  Herbed Goat Cheese, which was a perfect portioned appetizer to split. The Goat Cheese looks like a smaller portion, but it spread out among the beets evenly. I’m also a sucker for candied walnuts.

This is Geoffrey’s Lobster Quiche, this was a risky choice for me since I’m not usually a fan of quiches. What makes this dish stand out to me is the Lobster Vanilla sauce. I never considered mixing the two together, but it creates a sweet and salty perfection. Also, Geoffrey’s Lobster Quiche’s crust is light and wonderfully buttery. The egg mix was baked to a perfect texture as well. I also love that they pair their items with a light mixed green salad, so you leave feeling stuffed to a miserable degree.

My Mom ordered the Seafood Paella and thankfully, she shared some with me. Prawns, Mussels, Manilla Clams, Scallops, Chorizo, Chicken and Saffron Rice are stewed in a Seafood Broth with a light blend of veggies.

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California Love: Wurstkuche

Los Angeles is a city crammed with junk food options- and they are all trying to one up each other with something crazy. I just relocated form Seattle to Venice and apologize for not keeping up with the GOF bloggin’ as of the past couple of weeks, but I am back with a foodie vengeance.
Wurstkuche Venice
625 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
http://www.wurstkuche.com
My thighs are not going to like that I live walking distance to this place. The draft beer, Koestrizter Schwarzbeir, was the perfect blend of malty and sweet and it’s only 6 dollars. Wurstkuche is known for incorporating exotic meats in their sausages, such as Rattlesnake and Rabbit, Crocodile and Pork, and Buffalo with Beef and Pork. I was feeling a little less adventurous but I decided to go with a Greek vibe. I got the Lamb with Mediterranean Spices (which was super flavorful) topped with Sweet and Spicy Peppers. I also had a side of Tzatziki to add on top, which took me back to Athens. The fries are thick cut (that’s a “small” order in the picture, FYI) they were steaming hot and I dipped them in their Blue Cheese, Walnut and Bacon dip. Everything I ate was amazing. I know there’s another location in downtown LA, but I prefer Venice’s quieter vibe.
Also, an hour after I ate here, a car crashed into the building! Close call, am I right? Since the incident they added an awesomely ironic sign out front:

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LA Eats: Huckleberry, Milo & Olive

A short trip to LA made me fall hard for their cuisine, so much so that I was dreaming of my next trip on the plane ride home. Here’s a peek at two of my favorites…
Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe
1014 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA
huckleberrycafe.com
 
If I lived in LA this is where you would find me every weekend. It’s not exactly a hidden gem so you have to be prepared to fight the crowd a bit. And wait. Don’t be intimidated by the full seats and long line though. They take your order in line and by the time you pay a table usually opens up. At least, it did for me both days I brunched. (Yes, I went here two days in a row on a three day trip. Unheard of if you know me. It’s that good.)
Quiche – Tomato, Bacon, Goat Cheese, Butternut Squash
I’m a quiche snob and this little bite from the pastry case did not disappoint. A perfect treat to share along with your breakfast.
“Green Eggs & Ham” – LaQuercia Prosciutto, Pesto and  Arugula on a House Made English Muffin
Breakfast Burrito – Scrambled Eggs, Roasted Onions, Fiscalini Cheddar, Roasted Potatoes, Guacamole, Creme Fraiche and Tomatillo Salsa
These two don’t look like much but underneath that pile of arugula and inside that simple toasted tortilla are fabulous flavors that promise to delight. It’s simple food done very well. And for me, that’s the definition of a perfect brunch.
Milo & Olive
2723 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA
miloandolive.com
After a late brunch and a bike ride along the beach a friend and I found ourselves famished just before the dinner hour, which is apparently not allowed in LA where every restaurant closes down from 2:30pm to 6pm. After an exhaustive search for decent afternoon eats we remembered that Huckleberry has a sister restaurant! This little cafe with a wood fired oven ended up being my favorite surprise of the trip.
Crostini – Smashed Avocado, Roasted Beet, Ricotta Salata
I’ll admit, this is a strange combination. Paired with their fabulous homemade bread though, I would devour just about any topping. Luckily, this proved to be a delightful dish that I should never have doubted.
Free Range Chicken Meatballs – Tomato Sauce, Arugula, Red Onion
Our server recommended this favorite and it was hard to resist paired with the garlic knot below. If you dine here, order both. I haven’t stopped thinking about them since and am going to attempt to recreate this meal in my kitchen.
Wood Fired Garlic Knot – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sea Salt
Stuffed with a handful of heavenly roasted garlic!

Oh, garlic knot. You may be the best thing I’ve tasted this year. Pizza dough, roasted garlic, olive oil. So simple! And yet, shockingly good. The menu warns of a 20 minute wait but don’t let that deter you. Sit back, munch on some starters, sip on champagne and wait… to be blown away.