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Antica Pizzeria in Hollywood Starts Lunch Service Just in Time for Summer

Plus, Sqirl’s connection to figure skating, donuts, and Anthony Bourdain

Antica Pizzeria Hollywood
Pappardelle alla genovese
Rossella Pisan
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.

Antica Pizzeria expands with lunch and a traditional taverna menu

Now that LA temperatures are expected to hit 90 degrees this weekend, Antica Pizzeria’s stunning patio is ready for daytime dining in Hollywood. Owner Francesco Zimone recruited the Amalfi-born chef Antonio Giordano to build a menu that leans toward coastal Italian. The dishes go beyond seafood with a savory slow cooked short rib over pappardelle, and seared scallops over cauliflower puree. And of course, pizzaiolos will crank out Antica’s signature Neapolitan pies from the oven. Lunch runs from noon until 4 p.m. daily, with dinner starting at 5 p.m.

Antica Pizzeria patio in Hollywood, California. Wonho Frank Lee

Primo’s Donuts new menu and expansion

Primo’s Donuts launches a new collection of donuts today. West LA’s 63-year-old fried dough staple created a devil’s food cake donut covered with truffle, hazelnut, or vanilla ganache, among others. Primo’s also plans to open a second location on Venice’s Main Street later this summer.

Primo’s Donuts
Primo’s Donuts
Erica Mae Allen

The connection between Sqirl and figure skating

Flood Magazine profiled Sqirl founder Jessica Koslow, who attributes her entire food career to her past experience as a competitive ice skater.

Musso & Frank’s longtime server Sergio Gonzalez dies

Longtime Musso & Frank food server Frank Waiter Sergio passed away this week at age 66. Always a presence at the iconic Hollywood restaurant, Gonzalez worked at Musso & Frank’s for 47 years. It’s been a season of heavy losses for Musso & Frank and all of Los Angeles, as Gonzalez’s death comes five weeks after the death of bartender Ruben Rueda, who had worked at the Hollywood restaurant for 52 years

Musso & Frank
Musso & Frank’s Sergio Gonzalez
Courtesy of Musso & Frank Grill

A year since Anthony Bourdain’s death

The world lost renowned chef Anthony Bourdain one year ago this Sunday. And in another heartbreaking milestone, tomorrow would have been Bourdain’s 63rd birthday. The beloved chef had a longtime love affair with Los Angeles, which Eater wrote about last year. It’s a fitting tribute to look at Los Angeles through Bourdain’s lens.