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Gjelina

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Gjelina is a new Mediterranean restaurant in Venice that presents diners with an elegant rustic interior and creative dishes with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. There is a food and beverage bar in the restaurant’s center where diners can gather. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
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Gjelina’s patio is quieter than the inside restaurant and includes exposed brick, wood boards and vintage tables. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
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Travis Letts, 29, is the chef-partner of Gjelina’s. He made a splash as the opening chef at NineThirty in the W hotel in Westwood and had been working most recently as a private chef. At Gjelina’s, he turns out delicious food seemingly effortlessly. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
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Pizzas are a specialty of the house. Here is one with lamb sausage, zucchini, eggplant and ricotta. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
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A plate of grilled Monterey Bay squid with roasted red peppers, fingerling potatoes and chimichurri sauce. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
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A delicate pine nut and honey tart. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
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A thick butterscotch pot de crème crowned with a frill of whipped cream. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
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