The Weekend Cocktail: Dine on Italian Cuisine Paired With Jazz and Cocktails Tonight at Cafe Aldente

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Dine and listen to jazz at Al Dente in Studio City on Fridays.

BY GWEN KENNEALLY What would a couple of attorneys do to chill out after a long day in court? They would get together at their favorite casual eatery and play a few sets, of course!  And they are doing just that—The Bill Hochberg and Bob … [Read more...]

Ombra: A New Italian Restaurant with a Creative Twist

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Ombra is offering a special three course dinner on Monday evenings.

BY KAREN YOUNG A new Italian restaurant quietly slipped into Studio City (actually more on the way to Universal City) earlier this month turning what was once a tired Thai BBQ into a sleek, urban restaurant called Ombra, which is Italian slang for … [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...]

Restaurant Review: NYC Award-winning chef "pops up" in the 818 with a gastronomic wonder

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BY KAREN YOUNG I’ve previously written that some of my best restaurant finds are in strip malls in out of the way places. This time I’ve found one in a good size strip mall in a well traveled place — the one anchored by Trader Joe's in Studio … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: 8 1/2 Taverna — A Welcome Gastropub to the Neighborhood

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BY JENNIFER DONEGAN With a nod to Federico Fellini and nearby Hollywood, 8 ½ Taverna opens its doors in true Italian style. The newest edition to the little block that is Moorpark and Tujunga (think Aroma Café and Gelato Bar) brings us an Italian … [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...]

Tasty Tidbits: Studio City’s Zach’s Cafe Revisited

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The outdoor patio welcomes guests to Zach's.

BY KAREN YOUNG I visited Zach’s Café recently after quite some time. If you’re like me, you might remember a magician years ago who  threw cards that amazingly stuck to the ceiling, much to the delight of many children (and parents). The … [Read more...]