Good news for LA
Don’t look now, but one of Italy’s most famous casual restaurants is coming to Los Angeles for a limited time. While details are still coming together, it seems that All’Antico Vinaio Firenze, known for its massive (and very Instagram-friendly) sandwiches, is coming to Pizzeria Mozza sometime soon. Expect this one to sell out fast once they announce details.
Gone for now
The five-year-old Settebello has closed in Marina del Rey. In its place, the same restaurant group will open a new restaurant called Terzo MdR sometime in the next couple of months, focusing on Mediterranean, Italian, and Spanish flavors under chef Brian Lavin out of Baltimore.
The Foodbeast team is crafting yet another noodle festival. This one, naturally, is called Nood Beach, and it goes down September 1 at Bolsa Chica State Beach with close to two-dozen vendors cooking Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese noodle dishes, among others.
Bootleg on the move
Bootleg Pizza is moving on from its current setup in Little Ethiopia, with plans to pop up at various locations around the city for the next few months. That is, until they scout for their own eventual permanent location.
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HEY EVERYONE! AN IMPORTANT ANOUNCEMENT: WE’VE HAD A GREAT RUN AT 1066 S. FAIRFAX... BUT ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END! OUR CURRENT POP UP WILL BE WRAPPING UP AT THE END OF JULY! ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT! WE’RE GOING MOBILE! BRINGING OUR PIES TO AS MANY PLACES AS POSSIBLE AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE FOR A LITTLE WHILE. THEN WE’LL BE LANDING IN A PERMANENT HOME! MORE ON ALL OF THAT SOON... HUGE HUGE HUGE THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED US AND HELPED GET THIS WHOLE THING GOING AT THE FAIRFAX SPOT OVER THE LAST 5 MONTHS. YOU HELPED TURN A DREAM INTO A REALITY AND WE ARE SINCERELY GRATEFUL! STAY TUNED FOR WHAT’S UP NEXT! WE’RE STOKED! #⬛️
The meat kings
Here’s a fun interview with the folks from Meatzilla, the popular Downtown stand known for making burgers that use the top bun as a base for a mini-pizza. Not all of the menu is a gimmick, though; as owner Johnny Lee says, part of the reason for opening was to provide sub-$10 meals for anyone in Downtown.
Prolific Chinese restaurant chronicler David Chan has word on a fun, semi-hidden spot out in Walnut called Yummy Cafe. The unassuming side street spot works a rotating menu that, for $7, culminates in a box of three sides, an entree, and soup. It seems like a wild and wonderful deal, just know that the place is basically a takeout joint, so don’t expect too many frills inside.
Well here’s an odd one. As of yesterday there’s a new billboard up near Oki Dog at Willoughby and Fairfax that promises a butcher shop and sandwiches from chef Ludo Lefebvre. It’s unclear exactly what the “knuckle sandwiches” could mean, though Ludo has definitely been known to pull branded activations and pop-ups in the past. Luckily the date is just ten days away, and there’s already an address listed.