After hearing a few negative service comments on the board in the past couple months, we decided to revisit Antica, one of our fave pizza places in L.A. and see if we noticed anything lacking. Glad to report that our experience was excellent, from hostess to server (I think he was actually a manager); very attentive, food arrived quickly, and no problem getting their attention.
Started with the spaghetti bolognese because Mr. Creosote was craving it: nicely cooked pasta but with a somewhat disappointing ragu that needed a bit more richness (perhaps a chicken liver or two) to fully satisfy. The texture was somewhere between mealy and soft puree. But we don't come here for the pasta anyway...let's move on.
So their Vera Pizza Napoletana Association certification, which keeps Antica under the rules of an authentic Neapolitan pizza. And you see the woodburning oven (we had a great view from our table), the blistered and carbonized spots on the top and bottom of its thin crust. We ordered the margherita, with milky mozzerella, fresh tasting tomato sauce not burdened with too much garlic or onion, but interesting, tart, accented with enough salt to compliment the natural sweetness, and a bit of basil. An earthy 2002 Sicilian Nero d'Avola worked out nicely.
Dessert was pistachio and espresso gelati. A little too cold for chewy gelato texture, but both flavors were deep and clear, exceeding expectations with the strength and finish of fine Italian roasted beans and a rich, fat nuttiness. Perfect amounts of butterfat that cleanly covered the tongue and lingered no longer than the flavors it carried.
A very pleasant Friday evening meal. Our bill with tax $58.40
13455 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey