Vert Brasserie (or is it just Vert? Or even Brasserie Vert? Well, Google generally knows all), yet another place we went to last weekend with visiting relatives.
I wasn't expecting a lot. Mainly we chose it because it was so close to their hotel and they wanted an early dinner so they could get extra sleep their first night (from the East Coast).
But, boy, was I pleasantly surprised. The service was good and attentive. The atmosphere was good--not too loud, not too quiet.
I ordered a pizza that had this wonderful, thin, crunchy-crunchy, peppery crust, very akin to wonderful crusts I'd had in Rome. It was delightful! The crust was so good I barely remember what what was on the pizza, but it was good. Oh, yes, prosciutto? It didn't even matter.
Also, my dad-in-law's g.f. ordered a dessert for us all to share: profiteroles with pistachio ice cream. I'm not a huge fan of pistachio ice cream, nor did I particularly feel like having profiteroles, but the whole thing truly knocked my socks off. Flavors of the chocolate sauce, the ice cream, the pastry--all were balanced and delicious and worked in harmony, nothing too sweet or too bitter. My goodness! When I feel hard-pressed to put my spoon down, to stop eating a dessert I wasn't even interested in, after I was so satisfied from that pizza, when pistachio is at the bottom of the list of my preferred ice cream flavors, well, that's saying a lot.
Prices were what you'd expect for the area and the Spago pedigree--not too bad, really.
I can recommend this place heartily now for those needing someplace good in that area. I mean, I generally don't consider Hollywood and Highland a culinary destination and doubt too many others do, either, but, hey, it's another option.
Oh, and almost forgot that this was a Thursday and certain bottles of wine were half-off. We had a pretty good one that was a much better value with thus discount. So that makes Thursday a good night to try it.