| May 25, 2013
Dear SOS: I read your articles every week, and I am finally writing to ask for a recipe, because my husband and I are crazy about the Bolognese sauce at Cafe Pierre in Manhattan Beach. Although this is a French restaurant, its sauce puts most Italian...
| Oct 21, 2010
With the barrage of notices about new restaurants coming from all sides, sometimes a worthy older one slips through the cracks without a full review. When it opened 3 years ago, I did my due diligence and went to Amarone, the tiny 40-seat Italian on...
| Dec 5, 2007
Total time: 1 hour, plus 4 hours braising time
Note: Adapted from Eric Greenspan. Boneless short ribs are stocked at Gelson's markets, Marconda's Meats in the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles, and select Ralph's markets. You can...
| May 7, 2008
THE restaurant's name -- Michael's on Naples Ristorante --sounds dubious, like the kind of place you might see showing up on British chef Gordon Ramsay's hit television series "Kitchen Nightmares." In fact, Ramsay did take in hand an Italian restaurant...
| Jun 25, 2008
THE SERVER quickly unfolds a portable table, sets down a pan of saganaki -- fried cheese -- and sets it on fire. The blue flame soars upward and he calls out "Opa!" and disappears. From the main dining room, cheerful Greek music from a trio in the back...
| Oct 29, 2008
Joe Pytka has been tinkering with his West Hollywood restaurant -- again. Bastide not only has a new chef -- Paul Shoemaker, its fourth -- but also a different format. Giving up its tasting-menu-only dictate, the 6-year-old restaurant now offers an a la...
| Sep 12, 2007
Ca' Brea is back, after being closed nearly a year for renovations. And, for the first time in a long while, chef-owner Antonio Tommasi, who founded the place in 1991 with Jean-Louis de Mori, is playing a much more active role in what's coming out of...
| Mar 11, 2009
Maximilians Austro-Hungarian Restaurant
11330 Weddington St. (corner of Tujunga), North Hollywood, (818) 760-1300.
Salads and first courses, $4.95 to $9.95; entrees, $15.95 to $23.95; desserts, $7 to $8.
| Jun 2, 2004
Tuscany's out; Lazio's in.
Lazio, in case your geography's rusty, is the region halfway down Italy's western coast, in the middle of which sits Rome. Rome isn't known as one of the world's — or even Italy's — great food cities, perhaps...
| Jan 14, 2009
Barack Obama will be sworn into office on Tuesday -- just weeks before the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Obama's inaugural theme, "A New Birth of Freedom," has, fittingly, been drawn from his fellow Illinoisan's Gettysburg Address, and he's...
| Oct 24, 2007
Spaghetti and meatballs isn't just good comfort food, it's the kind of food that you crave with a beautiful desperation, that you secretly prefer to those precious items on chic tasting menus, that you'd want for your last meal. Be honest. You're...