New Restaurant: Oakfire Debuts in Sherman Oaks

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BY KAREN YOUNG In another sign that Los Angeles restaurateurs are finding the San Fernando Valley worthy of growing their empires, restaurant impresario Greg Morris (The Spanish Kitchen, Olive, The Oaks Gourmet, The Belmont, The Cutting Room, … [Read more...]

La Cava Shines With A Taste of Tuscany in Sherman Oaks

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Owner Armando Pucci and Chef Jesus Guterezz  PHOTOS: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG UPDATE: MARCH 18 LA CAVA NOW HAS A LIQUOR LICENSE. There’s a little taste of real Italy right smack dab in Sherman Oaks at the newly opened La Cava — which starts with a warm greeting by the very charming and humorous owner, … [Read more...]

Old world style meets modern, healthy cooking at Artizan Pizza Kitchen

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Margherita Pizza  PHOTOS: KAREN YOUNG

BY KAREN YOUNG When I heard about a brand new pizza kitchen with locally grown, seasonal ingredients using descriptions like free range organic, nitrate free, soy cheese available and no GMO’s, I had to try it. I grabbed a friend for lunch, set … [Read more...]

On Thursday: Free Cinema Al Fresco and a new Italian marketplace/cafe from the owner of Amici

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BY KAREN YOUNG Channel Italian food and culture on two Thursday evenings in August and September at The Americana at Brand with Cinema Al Fresco — Movies on the Green Italian Style. The screenings are free and a prime opportunity to check out the … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Two new restaurants in Studio City and Encino

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Farfalla in the Encino Marketplace has a good sized outside patio and tall communal table, booths and smaller tables inside.  Photo: Jocelyn Freid

BY KAREN YOUNG Slowly, but surely,  more noteworthy restaurants are taking root on the Ventura Boulevard corridor.  In the last couple weeks, Chi Dynasty and Trattoria Farfalla,  two well-known Los Feliz restaurants, have expanded into the San … [Read more...]

OlivA Restaurant: A Little Bit of Italy in the Neighborhood

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Fresh checca and focaccio bread; soup.

BY KAREN YOUNG The first note of worth about any ethnic restaurant is whether people from that country are patrons. Putting this theory to work, most any time I walk into OlivA in Sherman Oaks, the odds are that there are people at various tables … [Read more...]

The taste of Italian home cooking at Cafe Aldente

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BY KAREN YOUNG Café Aldente is one of those neighborhood restaurants that seriously flies under the radar. Located near the back of the strip center anchored by Peets and Chin Chin in Studio City, this small, casual eatery with a sidewalk café, … [Read more...]

A Sophisticated Happy Hour at Riviera Restaurant/Lounge

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BY KAREN YOUNG Looking for a Happy Hour with a more sophisticated vibe than the usual 2- for-1 drinks and typical bar food? Then checking out Riviera Restaurant and Lounge in Calabasas is a must. Their HH deal is offered seven days a week from … [Read more...]

Try a slice or a whole pie at Pepe’s New York Pizza

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Slices of Pepe's. Photo: Karen Young

BY ANA KACZMAREK Although I subscribe to the theory that any pizza is better than no pizza, a great pizza can turn a bad day to good, or a fun late night into a fantastic one. I’m always keeping my eye out for pizza places, and have amassed a list … [Read more...]

Domingo’s Italian Deli and Grocery still going strong in Encino at 56

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BY CAROLE ROSNER As a kid growing up in Encino in the 1970’s, my world revolved around Ventura Blvd.  I spent Saturdays at the Valley Ice Skating Center or Encino Bowl. I’d look for that special occasion dress at Stardusters and catch a movie … [Read more...]