Eastside hipster meets farm-to-table foodie at Red Hill, serving up Italian-inflected American fare with flair. The Echo Park restaurant‰Ûªs dÌ©cor is equal parts polished and folksy, with filament bulbs dangling above the open kitchen and shelves adorned with bright jars of pickled vegetables. While the menu changes seasonally, popular mainstays (like cauliflower with oregano, pine nuts and chili Ì_ioli and pappardelle with pulled pork ragu and pecorino) endure. Inventive salads, flatbreads, and meat and seafood dishes round out the dinner selections, which are complemented by an array of eclectic wines. At brunch, the yam biscuit topped with Serrano ham, chard, a poached egg and Parmesan cream is a winner, but the restaurant caters to vegans, too, with dishes like the tofu scramble. Groups of fourteen to sixteen should consider the chef‰Ûªs table upstairs, where, for no extra charge, guests can coordinate a pre-set menu with the chef.
Rudelli’s dough-throwers craft pizza, pasta, and sandwiches using high quality, fresh ingredients. Like a grocery list written by a 10-year-old, its menu teems with entries describing pizzeria favorites piled high with slices of succulent meat or items such as the cilantro pizza, which arrive stuffed with greens.
Michelangelo Ristorante is a romantic, charming restaurant located in the heart of Silver Lake. Since 1997, chefs at Michelangelo have combined the freshest ingredients and years of experience to prepare authentic Italian dishes. Regularly visited by celebrities, Michelangelo is a sure bet for a perfect romantic meal!
Cliff's Edge Restaurant's executive chef, Vartan Abgaryan, incorporates distinctly Californian influences into a menu of French- and Italian-inspired cuisine. The result is a bounty of dishes that Grub Street Los Angeles calls "intriguing": poached Bay scallops with smoked ham broth and sweet garlic, crumb-crusted duck egg with maple-braised bacon, and oxtail galettes with horseradish cream. To complement the ingredient-driven meals, the restaurant features an extensive selection of wine from domestic and international producers. The dining room's rustic décor includes exposed rafters and an ornate bar crafted with redwood. But the patio is the highlight: the thick branches of a massive tree snake out from the center of the greenery-framed space, which Discover Los Angeles called "among the most inviting in LA."
If a "specialty" pizza is one that ventures beyond the standard cheese and pepperoni, well, Lago D'Argento pretty much has the concept down pat. The neighborhood pizzeria organizes its pies into three categories?red, white, and specialty?the latter of which contains such combinations as roasted duck with mushrooms, and figs with gorgonzola. Such inventive creations anchor a menu that also includes shared plates, pastas, and Italian pastries, plus handcrafted cocktails and draft beers. Just like with its food, Lago D'Argento doesn't stick to the norm when it comes to decor, either. Inside, cherry-red banquettes stand out against black walls, which are covered in chalkboard-style imagery?even on the ceiling.