When we arrived, it was already a bit late, but it was no less packed than what it would be at normal dinner hours. This dimly lit (so dimly lit my photos are a bit eh) popular Italian hub has an extensive bar, a dessert section, and a gourmet market, topping off its bustling, yet romantic ambience. We were told the wait would be about an hour, so I proceeded to their dessert corner to take a peek at their macarons (2) and impressive looking desserts. I was most interested in the earl grey, which had a milk chocolate ganache filling, which really wasn't why I got it. The earl grey macaron was my top pick cause it has gold flakes! It was just too pretty to resist. I also got the raspberry, which I really liked, and a couple of others. The salted caramel wasn't bad, but I think I actually liked Lette's better...
We were hungry and excited for dinner, we were all ready to order when we were seated. We got a half and half split Bianco and Sausage Pizza (20), Trenne Pasta (16), and the Portobello Fries (10). The Portobello Fries was an excellent choice for an appetizer, as the batter was crisp and delicious with the meaty mushrooms. How can you deny fried mushrooms?! The Trenne Pasta, a pan sauteed trenne pasta with braised rib eye, kale, and parmesan, was interesting - and not quite what I expected - but nevertheless tasty. The sauteed trenne pasta was crispy and was my favorite part of the dish, but the kale was also a nice touch. The portion was a bit small, but as expected at an expensive restaurant.
|Early Grey Macaron!|
|prettiest desserts in their display case!|
|Half Sausage + half Bianco Pizza|
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700 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017