Fantastic Food at The FLATS

Walking into The FLATS, I scanned the bar to see if the hanging wicker chair in the corner was available. Located by a large window facing Wilshire Blvd., it’s the best seat in the house to swing and sip one of the clever cocktails made by Template Consulting’s Marcos Tello and The FLATS head barman…

Spinning Pizza Dough and Vinyl

What looks like another pizzeria in Hollywood is actually so much more. 800 Degrees Pizza founder and corporate executive Chef Anthony Carron, created his first authentic Neapolitan-style pizzeria in 2012 in Westwood Village. What makes his pizza different is the delicious Old World flavors made with chewy, hand-stretched dough, innovative sauces, premium-quality cheeses, farm fresh…

Deals of the Day – Pi Day on March 14

TODAY – Monday, March 14 is Pi Day representing the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, or approximately 3.14159…. It’s a never ending number. Here are a few restaurants offering FREE or discounted items to celebrate, however these deals will end at closing time. 1.Enjoy a Free Pizookie on Monday March 14 during National…

Rolling down the Miracle Mile with Spare Tire

Last time I dined at The Spare Tire, I sat under a full-size crocodile hanging on the wall. I enjoy the eclectic decor in the bar with silver, pewter and gold painted tires hanging on the wall. On the ceiling is an interesting black and white mural above a wall decorated with posters of Marilyn…

CPK Keeps Getting Better

In 1985, attorneys Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax opened a bright yellow casual pizza restaurant on Beverly Drive. It was located on a block in Beverly Hills that didn’t get as much foot traffic as the Beverly Drive north of Wilshire Blvd, however within a year the street became more of a social hub as…

Top 10 Favorite Restaurants in Los Angeles for 2014

We have enjoyed some wonderful meals at restaurants throughout Los Angeles. As devoted foodies, our team selected a repertoire of new and old dining establishments that provide creative fare, that is beautifully presented by attentive service, in an inviting atmosphere. Here is our list of honorees from some unique dining venues: #10 Sonoma Wine Garden…

800 Degrees in Old Town Pasadena

I was so excited to see a line of people eager to try 800 Degrees pizza last week. Co-owner Allen Ravert greeted me inside and showed off the interior decor. All of his Umami Group restaurants have chandeliers, an animal head (usually found in consignment stores in Palm Springs), unique wall colors and mirrors. 800…

DeSano Pizza in East Hollywood

DeSano Pizza is not like 800 Degrees, Blaze Pizza or PizzaRev where you have someone assemble your customized pizza based on ingredients to your liking. Instead, you place your order at a counter and a staff member enters it into a computer that sends it straight to the open kitchen. After you pay for your…

Obika – Mozzarella Bar

When my Salmone e Ricotta pizza arrived, I remarked that the wild Alaskan salmon had such a beautiful color. The CEO of Obika restaurants, Raimondo Boggia, overheard my comment and introduced himself to me and my group of diners. “It’s wild sockeye smoked salmon,” shared Boggia. He said the salmon is hand filleted in small batches and…