We got there just as it opened for dinner at 6:00 on a Saturday night. There was already a line. We didn’t have reservations, but it was no problem. I suspect it would be a problem as the night goes on, as it became quite crowded, with a number of parties waiting on the sidewalk by the time we left.
The host/waiter is very personable and quick to talk with the customers. This is quite endearing, but as there is no other waiter, service slows down to a crawl as he spends more time at each table.
The bread is fresh, and it comes with a delicious potato aioli. Bruschetta was fine, nothing special, but it comes out almost immediately as you order it, which was nice.
The avocado salad was simply outstanding. It comes with vine-ripe cherry tomatoes, mixed greens, chunks of perfectly ripe and flavorful avocado, and boiled potato cubes. The potato cubes add such a nice body to the salad that this could easily be a main course with a large bowl of soup. The dressing was a well-balanced vinaigrette that served to blend all the flavors and keep every bite interesting.
I had read a glowing review of the spanikopita, so I ordered it. I was very disappointed as it was identical to the packaged spanikopita I get at the Beachwood Market. It came with a Greek salad that was fine, but this dish didn’t really do anything for me. Although at $6.50, I guess I can’t really complain…
The winner was the tagliatelle pasta with cream sauce. The pasta was house-made, about half-way between spaghetti and fettucine. It came with a delicious white cream sauce with chunks of prosciutto and a nicely bitter green leafy vegetable. I would definitely order this again.
They don’t have their liquor license yet, but there is NO CORKAGE, and about 75% of the tables took advantage of it.
The prices are also unbelievably low. The main menu is almost all below $10 per entrée and the specials are all less than $20 per entrée. The quality of the food is good, and this place is a real bargain. The above, with one large ($5) and a small ($3) bottle of San Pellegrino was $39.95 after tax, before tip. It was plenty of food for 2 people.
They are open for lunch each day, and dinner Friday and Saturday only.
429 East 8th Street (between Hill and Olive)
429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014