Restaurants: Hidden Patio Dining in the San Fernando Valley

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Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon

BY KAREN YOUNG Summertime means dining al fresco. But what does that mean for the San Fernando Valley?  The sidewalk patio is indeed making a comeback with a sprinkling down Ventura Blvd, but where are the  patios you can't always see?  We … [Read more...]

New Restaurant: Peasant Wine Bistro Opens in Tarzana

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BY KAREN YOUNG     Tarzana has a new neighborhood restaurant — and from what I could tell in just one visit, it might just be around awhile — that is — if people can find it.  Restaurateur Greg Woodbury opened Peasant … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants, New Menus 818 Style

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BY KAREN YOUNG PizzaRev is opening its third location in Woodland Hills today (December 5).  In just eight months, this craft-your-own pizza joint also has locations in Northridge (the first) and Studio City.  It's a fast casual Chipotle-type … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: New Pizza Joint, LA Beer Fest, Food Trucks and Planes, Avocado Dinner

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PizzaRev "craft-your-own" is opening on Friday in Studio City.  Photo: PizzaRev

BY KAREN YOUNG   PizzaRev,  a  "craft your own" pizza bar, officially  opens its second location in Studio City this Friday, September 21, at  12103 Ventura Blvd just a couple doors down from The Counter Burger.    The first … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News in the 818

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BY KAREN YOUNG Little Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya  opened quietly last month in Sherman Oaks, replacing Sushi Fukyo on Sepulveda just south of Ventura. It’s the third branch of the West 3rd Street and Manhattan Beach restaurants and joins Katsuya … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants, Olympic Eats, Special Deals

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Wasabi Sushi revolving

BY KAREN YOUNG What's New... Studio City's "sushi row" might just take on the name "pizza row" as well.  Pizza Rev, a "craft-your-own" eatery, is opening its second location on September 21 at 12103 Ventura Blvd  (just west of Laurel … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Ye Olde King’s Head Opens This Week; Frank Leon’s The Village Coming Soon

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kingshead585 Photo: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG The British Are Coming: It's the year of the Brit with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, so it's fitting that the  Ye Olde King's Head  is expanding from its first location in Santa Monica (which has been a fixture … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants in the San Fernando Valley and More

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Sammy's staff is waiting to serve you when they officially open their doors to the public tomorrow, May 10.  Photo: Courtesy Sammy's Woodfired Pizza

BY KAREN YOUNG Sammy's Woodfired Pizza & Grill is opening tomorrow, May 10, in Studio City at Laurel Canyon and Ventura Blvd in the old Louise's location on the second floor of the corner strip mall that also houses the Daily … [Read more...]

Pizza Maven Tonino “Toto” Morra Moves to the Valley

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BY GERRY FURTH-SIDES How's this for an introduction? Pizza maven, Tonino "Toto" Morra,  has been honored by Gourmet Magazine as “making the best crust in America” — and he's located right here in the 818. Morra makes his own … [Read more...]

New Restaurant: Oakfire Debuts in Sherman Oaks

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

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...]