Maximiliano opened last week, and I finally got in to try it as a real customer, as opposed to F&F.
Many on this board know my liking for Andre Guerrero's cooking, but this is his best effort yet at fine dining, and that term is used advisedly, as this place is as casual and neighborhoody as can be.
Have now tasted his salmon, chicken, and pork chop entrees - all 3 are winners.
Well, you say, those are not exactly the 3 most challenging bases for entrees either.
And you would be right - however, that chicken dish, and even more so, that pork chop, are sensational.
And priced in the mid-teens, they are an even better value.
Any one who remembers Andre's risottos at Max in Sherman Oaks should run to 5930 York Blvd to try his veal/saffron risotto, or his porcini risotto. While currently only appetizers, priced in the $7-8 range, they can be ordered as entrees, either of which would be highly recommendable.
The pizzas are very tasty, even though I have only tried one, the fennel and sausage version, which at least rivals a somewhat similar version at you know where on Melrose & Highland.
Wine list nearly exclusively Italian, with both a rosso and a French Fleurie available by the glass in the $8-$11 range.
Decent beer list, yet not being a major beer lover, I will defer my opinions to others.
Really nicely done renovation of a former Mexican restaurant which you would never ever think of.
Patio to open by year's end, btw.
5930 York Blvd., not far from Figueroa