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  • Critic's Choice: Carpaccio as a blank canvas

    Critic's Choice: Carpaccio as a blank canvas

    According to my "Grande Enciclopedia Illustrata della Gastronomia," carpaccio is the "celebrated preparation based on raw beef sliced as finely as prosciutto di Parma and variously garnished," and was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani at Harry's Bar in Venice. A regular there, Contessa Amalia Nani...

  • Critic's Choice: Appealing to real mussel heads

    Critic's Choice: Appealing to real mussel heads

    Little Fork, Marché Moderne and M.B Post serve tasty mussel dishes.

  • Critic's Choice: Neighborhood pizza pros

    Critic's Choice: Neighborhood pizza pros

    Some 30 years after Wolfgang Puck introduced a wood-burning oven and his sophisticated pizza at the original Spago, we're enjoying a pizza renaissance. And many of the newer pizzerie and restaurants are turning out pies better than typical neighborhood joints in Italy — and by a long shot. Though...

  • You're in for a treat with these top dogs in town: Critic's Choice

    You're in for a treat with these top dogs in town: Critic's Choice

    OK, we've all had our holiday fun and feasting. And somehow another roast turkey or standing rib roast doesn't sound as appealing as it did on Day One or Two or Three. At this point, it's hold the gravy, the rich desserts and the bubbly and get down to basics. Just about now I'm craving a great...

  • Critic's Choice: Forget caviar — it's time to indulge in raw oysters

    Critic's Choice: Forget caviar — it's time to indulge in raw oysters

    Craving a giant iced platter of raw oysters? Try Cliff's Edge, where they're a bargain on Thursday nights; L&E Oyster Bar and its 'daily dozen'; or Church & State downtown.

  • Critic's Choice: Hearty breakfasts worth a wake-up call

    Critic's Choice: Hearty breakfasts worth a wake-up call

    I'm always receiving emails or texts from friends needing to know (right away!) where to go for breakfast in this or that neighborhood. The first meal of the day is ideal for catching up with friends or meeting up with a colleague or out-of-town visitor. The hours are elastic. Breakfast can sometimes...

  • Critic's Choice: A nip in the air, a sausage on the plate

    Critic's Choice: A nip in the air, a sausage on the plate

    It's late November, and only in last few days has the weather cooperated to give us a taste of fall, and with it, a hankering for hearty cold-weather foods. I'm thinking oxtails braised in red wine (which I made this weekend), a steaming bowl of udon, steel-cut oats — and sausages in all their...

  • Critic's Choice: Lively gastropubs for fun that can go late

    Critic's Choice: Lively gastropubs for fun that can go late

    When Ben Ford introduced his Ford's Filling Station in 2006, the fledgling gastropub was mobbed. The right idea at the right time: moderately priced comfort food in a rustic, no-frills setting. Big portions and hearty dishes — in other words, fuel. Now we've got gastropubs — a term that originated...

  • Critic's Choice: Family-style meals on the menu

    Critic's Choice: Family-style meals on the menu

    Brentwood's Farmshop, Eva on Beverly and Santa Monica's Huckleberry are dishing up homey and hearty three-course menus served family style.

  • Critic's Choice: Upscale, and accessible, happy hours

    Critic's Choice: Upscale, and accessible, happy hours

    With the economy still not entirely recovered, restaurants — and very good ones at that — are betting on happy hour deals to get customers in the door. I like to call it tapas hour, when you can get small bites and cocktails at attractive prices. It's a great way to continue the conversation with...

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