11712 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
Los Angeles has, in recent years, upped its pizza game considerably, and Pizzana is right up there with the best. Both the Brentwood and West Hollywood locations are open for delivery. If you live close by, take advantage and order the ready-to-eat option. For those a little further afield, the chefs are offering a heat-and-slice option that ensures every bite is as crispy and cheesy as it would be at the restaurant. The funghi pie with fontina cheese and caramelized onions is out of this world (and makes an excellent leftovers breakfast the next morning). You can’t go wrong with a classic margherita, given the San Marzano tomatoes used for the sauce are grown exclusively for Pizzana in the Neapolitan countryside.
Jon & Vinny’s
11938 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
Prepandemic, Jon & Vinny’s spicy fusilli, ham and yeezy pizza, and delectable Italian rainbow cookies were regular guests on our takeout rotation. These days not much has changed. The restaurant is still making sensationally tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner takeout from its Fairfax and Brentwood locations. Sister businesses Helen’s Rotisserie (yum), the more Mediterranean-leaning Kismet on the Eastside, and Helen’s Wines are following suit. And all the restaurants under the Jon & Vinny’s umbrella are now selling $45 produce boxes to support local farms like Carpinteria’s Coleman Family Farm and help keep your pantry stocked with peak California bounty.
225 26th St., Brentwood
Jeff Cerciello (former Thomas Keller culinary director) perfects the bakery-cum-larder-cum-restaurant concept in this sunny space with all-day dining at rustic communal tables, including a wonderful family-style dinner with a market-driven menu. Ingredients here are top-notch, and Cerciello knows what to do with them, keeping the food exciting and tasty without over-complicating. The Roast Jidori Chicken is a standout, along with any of the fresh seafood or excellent produce-based dishes. There's an attached mini-grocery store with an excellent cheese selection, pastries, and prepared salads and sandwiches.
225 26th St., Brentwood
Known for modern and beautiful letterpress stationery, Sugar Paper also does do great holiday cards, wedding invitations, and monogramming. The tiny shop (in the Brentwood Country Mart) also offers cards and paper goods from Rifle Paper Co., Kate Spade, and more.