Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mr. Pizza (Los Angeles, CA)

Korean Pizza Place? #Winning. I guess Asians just excel at everything. The best dish here is the Potato Gold Pizza. The thing that makes it so good is the crust. They fill every pizza with mashed sweet potatoes. It sounds weird, but it's amazing. From the outside you'd expect the place to be real fob-ish (Fresh off the Boat), but once inside, it's actually pretty normal.

Combination Pizza
For those who can't decide which to get and want to try everything. Just get the Potato Gold Pizza. It's really good.

Jitlada (Los Angeles, CA)

Pretty much any restaurant in Thai Town is a great choice. Jitlada in particular is known as one of the best. Inside, their walls are covered by past awards and reviews. There is usually a wait too! All the Thai restaurants here seem to have a specialty dish that they are known for. Jitlada's is the Crying Tiger Pork (also available in beef). It was even featured on the Food Network's show "Best Thing I Ever Ate." It lived up to the mention. Beware: It is EXTREMELY SPICY! Have a full glass of thai ice tea handy. The sauce is so complex and so addictingly good.

Crying Tiger Beef
Level 10 Spicy. Worth the pain.

Tom Kha Soup with Coconut Milk

Pad Thai
I usually don't like this dish, but my friend ordered it and Jitlada made me a fan of it.

Il Pastaio (Beverly Hills, CA)

One of the many Giacomino Drago owned Italian restaurants. This was my first time going to one of their restaurants and after eating here, they are definitely #winning. The food was better than your average LA Italian restaurant (so many great Italian restaurants in this town). The restaurant was jam packed with tables (waiters kept bumping into my chair and kept accidentally hitting my sister-in-law), had lots of great wine, had legit italians working, and had even had the extra slow service....very authentic to places in Italy. They have a special white truffle menu available (saw it on their website), but unfortunately it wasn't truffle season anymore. #badbeat. I still was able to get my truffle craving fulfilled though.

Parma Prosciutto Served with Gorgonzola Cheese, Walnuts, Crouton , Fresh Pears, and Burrata
Excellent Starter for sharing.

Polenta Soffice: Soft Polenta with Mushrooms, Fresh Mozzarella Cheese and Truffle Fondue.
My favorite appetizer. There is a good amount of truffle in this dish. The texture of the polenta mixed with the soft mushrooms and the smell of truffle made this dish just melt in my mouth.

Caricofi Salad: Baby Artichokes Tossed with Oil & Lemon, Arugola & Shaved Parmesan Cheese.
Did not like this dish at all.

Agnolotti: Homemade Green Ravioli Stuffed with Mushrooms; Cheese Fondue and Truffle Sauce.
OMGahhhhhh Heaven! 

Not Pictured: Pappardelle: Homemade Wide Green Fettuccini Pasta in a Venison Ragu and Porcini Mushroom Ragu.
If your not in the mood for a cheese sauce, then get this. The red sauce is amazing!

Tortelloni di Zucca: Homemade Tortelloni Stuffed with Pumpkin and fresh Ricotta Cheese, with Sage and Parmesan Cream Sauce.
It was okay, a little too creamy for my taste.

Panna Cotta

Lemon Meringue Tart

Lucques (Los Angeles, CA)

A cozy cutesy restaurant on Melrose just down a block from one of my favorite restaurants, Taste. The outside of both these places look very similar and it has the same feel inside. Even the food looked equally appealing, but it was all a facade. They did everything right except for the taste (couldn't help myself) of the food. #Lame

Winter Vegetables Bagna Cauda with Prosciutto, Burrata and Breadcrumbs

Braised Beef Short Ribs with Sautéed Greens, Cippolinis and Horseradish Cream

Warm Crepes with Hazelnuts, Bruléed Bananas and Mexican Chocolate