Finally starting up this new series on my blog, The Sylvia G Spot: This Week’s Best Eats (thanks Andrew for the fun name). Here, you’ll find my favorite spots and dishes from the past week. Let’s dive right in to my favorite eats this past week!
I stopped by Obicà, an Italian restaurant and mozzarella bar in Santa Monica, for a tasting with my darling Lindsey. Honestly, it’s rare that I love EVERYTHING that I eat at a restaurant but this place was really delicious and we ended up basically cleaning every single plate. Their mozzarella is sooo good (I’m a huge cheese person) and they import it twice a week from Italy. Their pizza crust was also very, very light (and flavorful) – 30% of the dough is wheat flour from Italy and they let it rise naturally for 48 hours. They also make their pasta in-house so it’s fresh and also not very heavy. For pasta we got the Pappardelle al Ragu di Anatra e Arancia (duck ragu) and while ragu and such thick pasta can be so heavy, this was actually very light and refreshing. I loved it. If you like wine, they have a pretty extensive wine list of Italian wines.
The location in Santa Monica is really bright and modern with indoor seating as well as patio seating. They have another location at the Westfield Century City that I haven’t been to. Service was also amazing.
Bufula DOP e Pomodoro (pizza)
Pappardelle al Ragu di Anatra e Arancia (pasta)
Semifreddo al Croccante Salato (dessert)
Went to Osso for a tasting with Corey and Jenny and had no idea what to expect. They recently changed their menu so if you haven’t been in a while, I recommend giving it another try. I guess this spot would classify as eclectic New American. They had many different types of dishes, many which had Asian influence. A lot of the dishes had very unique flavor combinations that I felt worked really well together. I was very surprised and happy with their Sugar Snap Peas (that was in a dill keffer sauce with smoked fish) and their Marinated Squid that had citrus (blood orange! my fave) and red onion. We chose 3 cheeses for a cheese plate and I loooooved their Noord Hollander (cow) and their Ewphoria Elder (sheep). All of us went in wanting the Bucatini all’Amatriciana which was delicious and had a nice kick but I really loved their Tagliatelle pasta with cheese, walnuts, and preserved lemon. It was so light and simple. We couldn’t try dessert because they had a power outage earlier but we got dessert liqueur.
The location of the restaurant is a really unassuming corner. Since it’s not too much of a “happening” block, there is a lot of street parking that is free after 6PM (yaaaaas). The interior was very eclectic but comfortable and put together – I really liked the design and layout. They have a full bar and a huge bar area as well. Service was great and our server was super nice, knowledgeable, and gave us great recommendations.
Ewephoria Elder (sheep cheese)
Bucatini all’Amatriciana (pasta)
I went to Franco on Melrose for a media tasting so I want to disclose that I did not have a full, typical dining experience here so I can’t vouch for any of that. It was great, however, to get to meet a lot of other great people in the Industry and sit at a huge table and enjoy good food with great company. Food-wise, it was all good and consistent but I wasn’t blown away as a whole. I did really love their Zucchini Blossoms (zucchini stuffed with ricotta & goat cheese and then fried), their Polpette (meatballs), and their Panna Cotta with berries was very good!
I really loved the space, though. It has an outdoor feel (walls covered in vines), even though it’s technically covered and not outdoors. Really gorgeous yet relaxed ambiance. There is also a small bar area that is cute.
Panna Cotta (dessert)