Organic, market-fresh ingredients abound at Saladish, where oven-baked potatoes offset an epic build-your-own salad or wrap option replete with 8 proteins, 55 toppings, and 18 high-end dressings. Thai-peanut or feta-cheese vinaigrettes cascade over morsels of portobello mushroom, soybeans, basil, and sprouts within custom-made creations that are crammed with more vitamins and minerals than a dietician's fanny pack. Four types of oven-baked potatoes make an ideal sidekick to each feast, as do the five types of gourmet tortillas—including jalapeño cheddar and garlic herb—that accompany each handheld wrap.
Executive chef Mario Zanetti has 25 years of restaurant experience, but his upbringing in Piemonte, Italy, prepared him for his career long before he set foot in a professional kitchen. Accordingly, the cuisine at Avenue Italy is a natural extension of his own history. Linguine with manila clams, mussels, scallops, and calamari shares menu space with swordfish calabrese, chicken piccata, and four-cheese pizza. More novel inventions include the Nutella dessert pizza, topped with pear, cinnamon, candied walnuts, and its namesake hazelnut spread. No matter the dish, though, the cooks use organic free-range chicken, grass-fed beef, and wild-caught fish that demonstrate their commitment to using ingredients that are carefully sourced and never won from carnival games.
What makes it great: named one of the state’s top public courses; located atop coarse seaside bluffs, so every hole has gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean; three different places to dine within the clubhouse; an hour’s drive from downtown LA
Nestled in the hills of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, secluded Rancho Palos Verdes is home to expansive estates set on jagged bluffs looming over the coastline. Terranea's Pointe Discovery adventure shop equips visitors for exploring all the peninsula has to offer, including standup paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and mermaid speed dating. Fewer than 2 miles from the resort, the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, a state ecological preserve, encompasses pristine tide pools home to sea stars, pointy urchins, and brightly colored anemones. Within walking distance of the cove lies Wayfarers Chapel, a structure built from glass and redwoods by Lloyd Wright, son of pioneering architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The Point Vicente Lighthouse also stands nearby. First lit in 1926 as a beacon to mariners aiming to steer clear of rocky shoals, the lighthouse now makes an ideal spot for whale-watching.