Gjelina has been superpopular with hounds and with the public at large since it opened. “Trying to get a table without a reservation is not unheard of, but is about as likely as getting struck by a meteorite, winning the lottery twice, or being a victim of lightning strikes multiple times,” says bulavinaka. Luckily for everybody, they’ve opened up a takeaway section that successfully extends the Gjelina genius.
“The competence and genius of Gjelina’s kitchen that has turned kale into a good four-letter word has been carried over to GTA – it is an extension of the mother ship for all intents and purposes,” says bulavinaka. “The ability to make vegetables sing, meld flour into many forms of great, and even alchemize day-old bread into delectable chunks of gold has been expanded next door and is now available to the average guy and gal on the street who is short on time but in need of, say, a pizza topped with guanciale or a farm-fresh salad with things like fresh mozzarella or capers.”
The folks behind the counter are nice, you’re welcome to sample, and you’re typically in and out in under 10 minutes. The bread is some of the best in Los Angeles, but right now it’s only being used for sandwiches; they’re still getting used to their ovens. “Once they feel perfection has been achieved, they might – they just might – offer loaves some time in the near future,” says bulavinaka.
And, says antonis, it’s worth noting that they not only use Intelligentsia beans; they also seem to have hired at least three Intelligentsia baristas from down the street. Breakfast perfection!
Warns bulavinaka: Some of the items are priced close to the same as the restaurant—sandwiches are $9 to $14, pizzas are $10 to $15. Depending on your outlook, this may not be a big deal. They’re currently open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, until 7 p.m. on weekends, and they’re shooting to be open until 7 p.m. every night.
Gjelina Take Away [Westside – Beaches]
1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice
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