What mafia movie did new resto Pistola take its name from, and how is Doma making everyone's foodie fantasies come true? That and more in this month's dining news….
Pistola Opens... With a Bang
Not content with one revered restaurant on West Third—jewelbox Italian spot Gusto—Chef Vic Casanova is expanding his empire with Pistola (8022 W. Third St., 323-951-9800), a larger space focusing on steak, seafood, handmade pasta, and classic cocktails. “The menu was inspired by childhood nostalgia… [I] grew up in a family that ate steak and lobster as a treat,” says Casanova, a Four Seasons alum who partnered with hospitality exec Seth Glassman (BOA, RivaBella) on the venture. As for the name? “I somehow got to thinking of the movie The Godfather, and they reference the word ‘pistola’ [which means gun] a lot. It was the first name that Seth and I both felt a connection to. It just fits.”
Zoe Nathan's Cookbook Shares 115 Sweet and Savory Recipes
Pastry pro Zoe Nathan of Huckleberry Cafe is taking fans behind the scenes of her popular Santa Monica bakery in her debut cookbook, Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes from Our Kitchen. Beginning with “3:30 a.m. Muffins” and ending with “10 a.m. Coffee,” readers are taken through the buzzing cafe day with more than 115 sweet and savory recipes and droolworthy images as well as inside tips on mastering baking basics. Anecdotes and insight into Nathan’s playful, creative world are also in ample supply.
Café del Rey Sport-Fishing Outing
Marina-front fave Café del Rey is ushering in a new wave of sea-to-spoon dining. On October 4, the restaurant will host a half-day sport-fishing outing along the Marina del Rey coast, during which guests will have a chance to put their own fresh catch (mackerel, rock fish, sand bass, and more) on their dinner plates. Be sure to stay for the post-excursion barbecue, where Executive Chef Chuck Abair will cook each fish to perfection. For tickets ($55-$120), call 310-823-6395
Indulge in a Truly Bespoke Meal at Doma
For a truly one-of-a-kind feast, head to Bev Hills Italian spot Doma for its new Insider’s Tasting Menu, whereby Executive Chef Dustin Trani will ad lib a series of four to nine original dishes tailored to each guest’s wishes. To request the Insider’s menu ($45-$95), call 310-277-7346
Wolfgang Puck Banishes the Bread Bowl
It’s always summer in Los Angeles, so why not keep your beach bod intact by trading in the traditional pre-dinner bread spread for a bowl of fresh, seasonal vegetables? Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air is pioneering this idea, offering complimentary crudités for diners to nibble on before their meals. (For September, expect to find wild amaranth leaves, broccolini, and red endive in the mix.) “The inspiration behind introducing this specialty offering was to highlight the beauty of California’s premier produce,” Executive Chef Hugo Bolanos says. “It also has the added benefit of being as healthy as it is beautiful.”