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Sotto’s Steve Samson: 5 Great Bites in Los Angeles

Sotto’s Steve Samson: 5 Great Bites in Los Angeles

There’s an impressive new crop of Italian restaurants in LA: Bucato, The Factory Kitchen, Maccheroni Republic, Bestia—they’re the leading edge of a pastakrieg. But through it all, Sotto has remained one of the better options for Southern Italian rustic, serving hearty ragus and Neapolitan pizzas and securing its hold on best lists by and Jonathan Gold. Chef Steve Samson, who previously worked at Valentino and with David Myers at -starred Sona (now shuttered), recently gave us the scoop on his favorite local comfort food destinations, not counting those summertime family meals with Mom and Grandma on trips to Italy. READ MORE

Bestia’s Menashe and Gergis: 5 Great Bites in Los Angeles

Bestia’s Menashe and Gergis: 5 Great Bites in Los Angeles

Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis are the husband-and-wife team behind Bestia, a restaurant on the outskirts of LA’s Arts District with what Jonathan Gold calls some of the "most purely Italian dishes" in Los Angeles. Menashe trained under Gino Angelini at Angelini Osteria; his cavatelli alla Norma has become one of LA’s defining dishes. Same with Gergis’s chestnut zeppole with coffee ice cream. READ MORE

Gobs of Mayo Saved This Negitoro Bowl!

Gobs of Mayo Saved This Negitoro Bowl!

Next to Daikokuya, a ramen shop in Little Tokyo known for its boiled bone marrow tonkotsu broth, is Marugame Monzo, another Japanese soup shop specializing in handmade udon, including crossover versions like sea urchin and cream. The menu has many affordable appetizers and side dishes, crispy chicken skin, and, lo and behold, a negitoro bowl for only $5.50. READ MORE

The Burrito Bowl Nobody Seems to Order

The Burrito Bowl Nobody Seems to Order

In my circle of friends, we think of Cactus Taqueria as the In-N-Out of Mexican food. The chain might not have the character of one-off joints, but it certainly has a dependable product and a legion of late-night customers. I recently went to Cactus #2 on Beverly after an outing at Blipsy Barcade in Koreatown. While ordering a couple tacos I noticed for the very first time that they offer a rice bowl. READ MORE

Sqirl’s Jessica Koslow: 4 Great Dishes in Los Angeles

Sqirl’s Jessica Koslow: 4 Great Dishes in Los Angeles

No question that Jessica Koslow’s Sqirl in Silver Lake is LA’s quintessential neighborhood café, and more. ’s Besha Rodell called the food “stunning.” She's right—Koslow’s refined versions of rice bowls, quiches, pastries, brioche toast, and house-made jam are pristine. READ MORE

Churro Borough: Aftermath of a Frenzy

Churro Borough: Aftermath of a Frenzy

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Best 4th of July Recipes

Best 4th of July Recipes

Somehow, the official start of summer and the longest day of the year have already come and gone. Take advantage of the outdoors before summer slips away! Whether you're planning a picnic in the park, a backyard barbecue, or a rooftop dinner party, we’ve got recipes to fuel your next alfresco gathering. First up: the Fourth of July recipes. READ MORE

Wexler’s Makes the LA Jewish Deli Meaningful Again

Wexler’s Makes the LA Jewish Deli Meaningful Again

The deli is arguably the most hallowed place for secular Jews. It is a meeting ground for families to mourn or celebrate; a place to nourish the mind and stomach with absurdly large portions of food; a vestigial gateway to our grandparents, who fed us fistfuls of lox while murmuring foreign Yiddish phrases. For many, delis are at the center of reform Jewish life, a tradition that links us to a past that at times seems inscrutable, or even remote. READ MORE

Ice Cream, Fresh from the Cow

Ice Cream, Fresh from the Cow

For most of us ice cream is an urban pleasure. Like bars and food trucks, scoop shops define a city. But for Jenny Ko and Alex Saneski, ice cream is an extension of farm life. READ MORE

McConnell’s Ice Cream Is Coming to LA’s Grand Central Market

McConnell’s Ice Cream Is Coming to LA’s Grand Central Market

Michael Palmer put the health of his future on the line for a legendary brand of Santa Barbara ice cream (the best ice cream, he might tell you). His house had burned down in a major fire, and as he and his wife were just about to break ground on a new construction project in 2012, they learned that McConnell's Fine Ice Creams was looking to sell the business. "It's such a special product, and we felt this urge to preserve it,” said Palmer, who is a winemaker, married to a chef, Eva Ein. “We didn't want it to go away. So we put a halt to the construction, and put the money instead towards McConnell's.” If they’re successful, he says, they'll build that house like they originally planned. READ MORE