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La Frite in Sherman Oaks Shifts From French to Italian Cuisine

The new owner expands a Pacific Palisades Italian restaurant deep into the 818

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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Pacific Palisades’ trattoria Modo Mio has expanded to a new location in Sherman Oaks in the former La Frite Cafe. Modo Mio’s owner, George Zaoui, bought the French restaurant in 2016 and converted the 45-year-old bistro two weeks ago into a second Modo Mio outlet serving Italian food.

The new Modo Mio will have the same rustic-Italian menu as the Palisades’ location, featuring antipasto, free-range meats, house made pastas, including a gnocchi dish as the menu’s specialty. The conversion was fast and easy, with a complete restructuring of the space. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Modo Mio’s first space in the Palisades opened back in 1985, but Zaoui purchased it in 2014.

The restaurateur explains, “The former [La Frite] owner had too many troubles since the TV show. I bought it from him last year, and saw that the business was too difficult to manage. So I decided to change it to Italian cuisine.”

Zaoui is referring to Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. The episode displayed a rivalry between siblings Celene and Alex Ramillon, as their father Andre sought to retire. The problems were not isolated to the show, as La Frite’s Woodland Hills location closed in 2012. Former La Frite owner, Andre Ramillon, was a pioneer in the San Fernando Valley restaurant scene, opening it as Ventura Boulevard’s first French restaurant in 1972.

Modo Mio
15013 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA