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Mazzarino's Closes in Sherman Oaks, Ludo vs. Zach Pollack, and More A.M. Intel

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Plus a new pizza truck, Dale Talde's first LA pop-up, and other A.M. news

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Inside the Nice Guy restaurant with hanging lamps and dark decor.
The Nice Guy, West Hollywood
The Nice Guy
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

No more Mazzarino's in Sherman Oaks

Another Valley dining legend has bitten the dust, with the sudden announcement that Mazzarino's in Sherman Oaks has closed for good. The place never seemed to get back on its feet following a fire a while back, though the shutter notice wasn't posted until this past Friday. The restaurant was celebrating its 70th year in business.

It's Neapolitan pizza truck time

There's a high-heat, quickfire pizza truck roaming around the Arts District and Little Tokyo these days, turning out fast and cheap(ish) Neapolitan pies. Called the Flame Pizza Brothers, the truck has been popping up around Downtown for a little while now.

More mall makeovers?

Looks like the Beverly Center ain't the only big, dated mall getting a much-needed makeover. Per Curbed, the Westside Pavilion is also in line for a broad rethinking, with plans to open up and become an airier shopping plaza with loads of new talent (restaurants and beyond) inside. That could also include a much-coveted Whole Foods, apparently.

Bricia Lopez is a boss

You know Bricia; she's the smiling face behind her family's Guelaguetza restaurant in Koreatown, as well as being an all-around badass. Case in point: this interview with Remezcla where she talks about co-hosting a bilingual parenting podcast and being the city planning commissioner, in addition to her work at the restaurant and with the family's wholesale mole and michelada mix businesses. She also dishes along the way about her favorite places to eat and drink in L.A.

Ludo and Zach Pollack square off

Sure it's a friendly morning TV battle, but here's Alimento's Zach Pollack and Ludo Lefebvre going dish-for-dish over on KTLA. Ludo makes a classic croque madame, while Pollack does some meatballs on focaccia. The winner? Morning news with airtime (and stomachs) to fill.

It's the Taste of Israel

Here's a new one: there's an all-kosher food festival coming to The Majestic Downtown on Sunday, March 20. Dubbed the Taste of Israel, the $125 general admission party includes unlimited drinks from 19 Israel-based wineries and food from local chefs like Alex Reznik and a handful of chef direct from Israel.

Dale Talde to Downtown

Brooklyn chef Dale Talde is bringing his talents to the Ace Hotel as part of a new dinner series called One Night Only. The $75 mezzanine party on March 21 includes three courses, served family style, and full of Filipino favorites like lumpia and lechon. Get a seat at either the 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. seatings and you'll get a copy of his cookbook thrown in.

New Nice Guy menus

West Hollywood mega-hot dinner and drinks spot The Nice Guy is launching a new menu, as created under exec chef Rudy Lopez. You might have a hard time getting in to actually eat the food, given the strict door policy, but here's what you can expect if you're able to squeeze through.

The Nice Guy Menu