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Jon & Vinny’s Brentwood
11938 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
At Jon & Vinny’s in Brentwood, the hysteria-level popularity is entirely justified, mainly because every dish is mind-blowingly wonderful. The pizza is chewy and blistered and cheesy (Sonny’s Favorite—bacon, mozzarella, tomato, and Grana Padano—is a crowd-pleaser), and before you prepare to sigh at the pile of crust left over by your kids, order Jon & Vinny’s crust dips (hello, ranch) and watch them wipe their plates clean. The handmade plates of pasta are luscious and hearty and addictive (the cavatelli with fennel sausage and the ricotta ravioli top our list), and those little cones of soft-serve are a dose of nostalgia impossible to pass up.
Pizzana
460 N Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood
Pizzana—one of the harder reservations to snag on the West Side—has finally come to West Hollywood. Expect excellent thin-crust pizza from Naples-born chef Daniele Uditi, as well really great iterations of carciofi and caprese. High ceilings and lots of natural light open up the narrow space, which is already packed and buzzy at lunch time—definitely make a reservation, wait times for dinner can be especially long. Note: the pizzas are generous in size—two or three people could comfortably split one (but trying two to share is a safer bet and also too hard to pass up).
Yours Truly
1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
With its whitewashed brick walls, wooden tables, rustic stone floor, and clapboard ceiling, Yours Truly has a decidedly beach-house vibe. Dotted with skylights, every square foot is drenched in sunlight. The menu reads like an ode to modern LA with avocado hummus, za’atar-dusted flatbread, Nashville hot shrimp, and bucatini carbonara sliding to the top of our order. Located on Abbott Kinney in Venice, Yours Truly has a laid-back atmosphere and crowd-pleasing menu that make it an ideal Westside spot for a cozy dinner with friends.
The Manufactory
757 S. Alameda St., Downtown
Located within a sprawling 40,000-square-foot space in downtown Los Angeles, the Manufactory is a field trip worth crawling up the I-10 for. A collaboration between the acclaimed chefs of San Francisco’s iconic Tartine Bakery and Pizzeria Bianco, the restaurant is a choose-your-own-adventure-style experience. With two dining spaces, a bakery, a coffee roastery, a market, and a dedicated coffee and ice cream hatch, it’s impossible to leave hungry. Don’t miss the windows that give you a peek into the tasty operation. Watching a handful of bakers knead and shape sourdough loaves while the others meticulously laminate croissants is but one of the many joys here.
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