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LA’s Only Italian Food Truck Run by Real Prince Will Open a Restaurant in Westwood

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Plus news from the Yeastie Boys, and bake sales to get out the vote

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Pasta from the Prince of Venice food truck
Prince of Venice [official]
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.

The Prince of Venice food truck, run by an actual prince (Emanuele Filiberto, the grandson of Italy’s last king) is opening up its first standalone storefront in Westwood in a few weeks. The long-running food truck has been serving pasta bowls and other Italian food for years on the street of LA, and even had plans to open in Venice last year, but now Westwood is on the docket. The restaurant will expand beyond handmade pastas into Roman-style pizza, Sicilian arancini, salads, and desserts. Expect an opening in early October at 1091 Broxton Avenue, in the former Kopan Ramen space.

And in other news:

  • Apparently the now-closed Auburn won a James Beard Foundation Award after all... or at least the designers of the posh Melrose restaurant did. It’s all very odd, considering the awards were formally cancelled for this year and next, and yet the 2020 winners list keeps finding ways of trickling out. Got more questions? Join the club, and catch up here.
  • The Bake the Vote bake sale is happening now. The nationwide initiative will feature a bunch of local bake sales run by folks in their own communities, including options like a $30 pastry box from Colossus in San Pedro, a cake raffle from chef Rose Wilde (found of Red Bread) and more.
  • The Yeastie Boys are relaunching their third food truck after finding increased demand during the pandemic. Find them first on Melrose Place tomorrow.
  • Word is that Impasta, the upstart ghost kitchen setup that uses veggies instead of wheat noodles, is going brick and mortar in Beverly Hills. That’s per What Now LA, which says the company will take over the former Roxbury Cafe at 459 N. Roxbury Drive.
  • Don’t look now, but Riverside County says that it may want to reopen its businesses faster than the state plans to allow, per the Press-Enterprise. That would be in direct conflict with the governor’s office, but officials in that county say that local businesses need their help now more than ever.
  • Check out this new pickup setup at Gingergrass in Silver Lake. Rather than just offer to-go food, owner John Himelstein says the colorful walk-up will offer beer and wine exclusively from Black-owned labels like Urban Roots Brewing, Crown and Hops, and Maison de Noir as of this Thursday.
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