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The Dish: Palate Food + Wine, I Panini di Ambra

Welcome back to The Dish where we round up some of this week's notable openings. See something debut? We'll be happy to take it off your hands.

GLENDALE: We have a sneak peek at Octavio Becerra's menu from one of the preview dinners---it will always change, but still gives a good idea of what the former Patina chef is going for: Approachable yet refined, wine-compatible, seasonal, artisanal, small plates and entrees. Sure, it's along car dealership row in Glendale, a little off the beaten track, but can we just talk about the "porkfolio" and "mason jars" filled with potted pork shoulder, lamb neck or olives with citrus and thyme? Oh my. Palate Food + Wine soft opens tonight for dinner. (image via UrbanDaddy) (933 S. Brand Blvd, 818.662.9463)

HOLLYWOOD: Milan native and self-taught baker Ambra Ditonno opened a small retail storefront in Little Armenia called I Panini di Ambra for pizza "by the cut," rectangle pieces topped with simple tomato sauce or proscuitto and mushrooms, plus panini on homemade focaccia. See a menu here. (5633 Hollywood Blvd, 323.463.1200)

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