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Santa Monica’s Newest Restaurant Is a Pizza and Cocktail Playpen on Wilshire

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Plus hand roll sushi news, and chef Ria Barbosa’s next gig

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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.

There’s a new pizza and taco spot coming to the heart of Santa Monica starting tomorrow night called Surfer Rose. TimeOut LA got the first details on the space last week, which comes by way of Ivan Torres and Adolfo Garcia of Cliffdiver in Malibu. Reps for the restaurant say the plan is to offer thin-crust pizzas (think a New York-ish slice, not too dissimilar from Milo SRO in Santa Monica) in a variety of standard topping formats like pepperoni, plus more modern takes like kale and pesto, bbq chicken, or meatballs and feta.

Reps for the restaurant tell Eater that Surfer Rose will open tomorrow at 2460 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, with the pizza menu as well as staple dishes like fish tacos, a burger, meatballs, salads, and more. There’s also a full cocktail bar, with plans to stay open daily from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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Surfer Rose
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— Today is the one year anniversary of the reopening of the Milky Way on Pico Boulevard, and to celebrate the restaurant is doing a deal tonight where diners will get a gift card equal to the value of their meal tonight, for use on a future visit.

Sogo, the new hand roll specialist in Los Feliz, is now open for dinner service, with hours running from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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— Elio’s wood-fired pizza is expected to be closed for four months, as ownership works to get proper street vending permits to reopen on Sunset Boulevard.

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— Chef Ria Barbosa, formerly of Paramount Coffee Project, is opening her own spot called Petite Peso in Downtown LA. The Filipino restaurant at 419 W. 7th St. used to house Charles Olalia’s RiceBar.

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