All Things Foodie

Gusto

Gusto is a hidden gem in the neighborhood for amazingly satisfying Italian food. The restaurant is quaint, with an inviting wood door and the name of the restaurant etched on the window in gold.

The concept from Chef Vic Casanova is free-range italian. The dishes are inspired by the best ingredients of the moment and translate exquisitely on each plate. A glass of prosecco is the perfect start to the meal, accompanied by a slice of bread topped with a garlic laced butter spread. Make sure to save a bit of the bread to dip in the bold sauce from the meatballs. The meatballs are fork tender, delicious, and are served on top of a bit of burratta cheese splashed with olive oil. I had the asparagus which was grilled and topped with a sunny side egg that when broken oozed just the right amount of richness over the crisp vegetable. It was light and right. The bucatini carbonara is the chef’s signature dish, so I had to try it. The homemade noodles paired with the creamy egg yolk and salty, crisp bites of the pancetta were complete perfection. It is the kind of dish that makes your taste buds do a happy dance in your mouth and your voice let out a small “mmmm” sound as your enjoy it.

The flavors soothe your soul and the place is so inviting that it will for sure be a neighborhood staple. The eatery seats up to 38 people in the dining room and they do take reservations.

Gusto is located at 8432 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 323-782-1778

The hours are Sunday-Thursday 6pm-10pm and Friday and Saturday 6pm-11pm. Visit the website below for more information.

http://www.gusto-la.com

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All Things Foodie

The Nice Guy- Where The Cool Kids Hang

There are always new places popping up in LA and some last the test of time, while others fail quickly. It is hard to say why some fail and some succeed, but if I had to place a bet, I would say The Nice Guy is here to stay.

The Nice Guy is a restaurant/lounge owned by the h.wood group, the same owners as Bootsy Bellows, Hooray Henry’s, Shore Bar and Blind Dragon. It opened it’s doors on August 22 of this year and I finally got around to giving it a try.

Upon entering this local haunt, I was surprised at how small the venue actually is, but the intimate setting really lends itself for interaction among guests. The throw-back, mafia inspired, neighborhood joint is like entering a time warp into the good ole days. There is a bar, with top notch mixologists pouring eclectic drinks, one of which is even served in a flask. You can order food at the countertop and enjoy one of the delicious dishes while grabbing a cocktail, or wait for your reservation at one of the banquettes. There are also two tables in the middle of the room with more lounge like seating to hold a small gathering of friends for a party or fun night out.

There is an area in the corner kept for singers and bands, which progresses into a DJ as the night matures, enticing customers to dance the rest of the night away and endulge in some good old fashion fun. The vibe is cool, young, hip, fresh, and inviting, unlike many of the venues in Hollywood. The cool kids hang here, and I want to be one of them.

The menu features items like meatballs with burratta, pizza, scallops, kale chips, and truffle fries. The food is comforting and gourmet all at the same time. The service is on point and there is never any pressure to quickly flip the table, which is refreshing for a change.

I will for sure be back and bring my friends, but make sure to always call ahead because it is reservation only. Don’t miss the photo booth in the back, so you can accurately capture the fact that you were there.

The Nice Guy is located at 401 N La Cienega Blvd 310-360-9500. http://www.theniceguyla.com

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