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Car Crash at Mobile Pizza Stand in Echo Park Leaves Two Injured in Serious Condition

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Plus New York’s famous Zabar’s comes to LA for one day, and a new African restaurant opens in Boyle Heights

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

On December 26, two men were injured and are in serious condition due to a car crash at Nico’s mobile pizza stand at 1218 Sunset Boulevard at about 9:30 p.m., according to KTLA News. In the accident, owner Nicolas Valerio-Rodriguez says his stepson, who was working on the stand, was thrown several feet due to the impact of the car. The stepson was taken to the emergency room along with another person who was injured. While the oven itself seems to be mostly intact from the crash, the rest of the trailer and Valerio-Rodriguez’s truck sustained heavy damage. Fans have launched a GoFundMe to help raise money to put Valerio-Rodriguez’s pizza trailer back in operation, as the pizzaiolo put his entire life savings in to launch the operation.

In other news:

—Food Talk Central’s EattheWorldLA has reported a new African restaurant opening in Boyle Heights called Mama D’s African Cuisine serving Camaroon dishes. Dorothy Wanki had been operating a restaurant in Washington D.C. and opened this restaurant in Boyle Heights with her daughter Claudia. The dishes, such as goat meat pepper soup and shrimp-covered ndole, look incredible.

—A new 24/7 ramen spot called Saku has opened in Riverside serving miso, tonkotsu, and other Japanese noodle bowls to college students and more in the downtown area.

—Starting at noon today, Osteria La Buca is giving away food at their Melrose and Sherman Oaks locations, no questions asked.

—Rossoblu has a $198 for two people New Year’s Eve dinner that includes a zoom happy hour session and cooking demo with chef Steve Samson, with seven courses and optional wine bottles. Order on Tock.

—Tony Esnault’s Knife Pleat in Costa Mesa has a four-course NYE takeout dinner with Maine lobster salad and beef wellington priced at $460 and designed to serve four people.

—Luxe caviar shop Petrossian has a $500 (for two) New Year’s Eve package deal with two 30g tins of classic shassetra caviar, a bottle of Nicolas Feuillate champagne, and five different kinds of canapes.

—Montilla Meals is collaborating with Zabar’s on January 15, 2021, serving the famous New York bagel shop’s breakfast in Los Angeles. In order to quality for a Zabar’s breakfast, you have to sign up for a Montilla dinner and add on the bagel sandwiches. Details at Montilla’s site.