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An All-New Quick Service Handmade Pasta Bar Opens Today Inside Eataly LA

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Plus food (and drink) festivals, and the future of Toscana

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A worker makes fresh cheese under white lights at Eataly in Century City.
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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.

Pasta players

Century City’s bustling Eataly has a new tenant inside. It’s called La Pasta Fresca, and as the name implies the stall focuses entirely on fresh, quick-service pastas. That means regional dishes like Tagliatelle alla Bolognese, Trenette al Pesto from Liguria, and a rotating seeasonal option that comes and goes. The quick stop is meant to be similar in concept to Uovo in Santa Monica, and comes complete with wine for those in need. The Eataly stall opens today.

Drink up

A big new boozy festival is coming to Los Angeles next month. Mexico in a Bottle lands on September 29 and features a variety of drink options from raicilla to mezcal and craft beer, with general admission ticket prices right around $70.

Doing the most

Long Beach is going seafood crazy next month with a multi-day lobster festival that includes live music, tons of food, whiskey tasting, and more. Tickets range from $5 to $40.

Of course it is

In the latest episode of The Economist podcast, serial restaurateur Danny Meyer (known for Union Square Hospitality Group and Shake Shack) says that Los Angeles is “the most exciting restaurant town in the country.” Very, very true.

A sigh of relief

Toscana in Brentwood isn’t going anywhere any time soon. A press release sent around by the restaurant confirms that they’ve just re-upped their lease for another 20 years, and will be closing the restaurant briefly in the new year for remodels to make sure to put in a new kitchen that will last the full term. Bar Toscana will remain open during the temporary closure.

Ice cream by the beach

Some new restaurants and retail options are coming to the Point in El Segundo. That includes popular ice cream brand Van Leeuwen, which is slated to open a scoop shop in the spring of 2020.

Inexpensive in the early evening

Charcoal in Venice has a new “sunset” menu running weekdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The reduced-price fare works as a four-course, choose-your-own-adventure menu for $49. The opening menu is below.