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Pizzana
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.
Farmshop
225 26th St., Brentwood
Los Angeles institution Farmshop’s crispy fried chicken is arguably the best on the Westside, its snickerdoodle cookies are the perfect combo of chewy and crisp, and its abundant produce is always at peak ripeness. While the restaurant is closed, the market is still, thankfully, open for the creamiest potato salad, marinated vegetables, those delicious cookies, and all our favorites. Farmshop is also offering free delivery and curbside pickup via the Shopify app.
HATCH
240 26th St., Brentwood
Every pregnancy is unique, but every pregnant person has had one shared experience: The moment you realize you can no longer get away with wearing your regular jeans. (Skirts, jumpsuits, and dresses are next.) HATCH in Brentwood is the next natural stop for many of the local women we know. The airy, achingly pretty store is lined with racks of easy, floaty dresses, some of the best bump-friendly denim, and everything else in between—all of which is cut to accommodate a woman’s body both during and long after pregnancy. In other words, these are things you won’t want to get rid of as soon as the aforementioned jeans start to fit again. And like the Manhattan store, there’s also a cravings bar with pickles, ice cream, and more. Cliché? Maybe. But we’ve yet to meet a mama-to-be who’d turn down a good dill.
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.
CorePower
11819 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood
There’s no doubt that the familiar forms of yoga, like Ashtanga and Jivamukti, can be incredibly rigorous, but typically we associate yoga with feelings of calm. CorePower combines the stretchy, lengthening magic of yoga with the strength-building power of weights. The studios are kept warm to help loosen up stiff joints, and the upbeat teachers make keeping up easy (or at least easier). Wear fitted, sweat-wicking workout gear if you have it—the combination of free weights and downward dog will have you breaking a sweat.
SaunaBar
11677 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, Suite 208
This spot is famous for its custom-made infrared saunas. In the personal pods, which look super futuristic, you lie on a bed of jade stones while your body is bathed in red infrared light. Your head is outside of the pod during the entire the forty-minute session, and the surrounding air is diffused with a custom blend of aromatherapeutic oils. The lymphatic compression massage and unique Magnesphere machine, which aims to improve your balance and sleep by way of deep relaxation, are so very worth exploring.
Erika Bloom Pilates LA
11611 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
Erika Bloom Pilates has finally ventured west (until now, it was just New York and Connecticut that got to sculpt and tone with the best in the business), taking up residency in Brentwood. The open space is flooded with natural light, making it a relaxing and—oh yes, we’re going to go there—fun workout. The studio’s knowledgeable staff curates personalized routines that borrow from Pilates, yoga, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, and weight training. There are also programs for pre- and postnatal women, osteoporosis, injury prevention, acupuncture, bodywork, and holistic health consulting.
Pizzana
11712 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
Just a few blocks from MiniLuxe and Alfred Coffee, this brand-new casual eatery offers 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). Photos: Amy Neunsinger
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