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LA (AND BEYOND): CRUMPLED TWENTY

By Nora Zelevansky / February 19th, 2009

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(Blackburn + Sweetzer's Pics of Newly Expanded Le Petit Bistro)

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When Comme Ca is too busy to accommodate (which–even in this dreadful economy–is often), some peeps shuffle around the corner to less sceney Le Petit Bistro.  Okay, I admit, I've actually (shamefully) never been (I'll wait a long time for Comme Ca's fleur de sel cream puffs), but Blackburn + Sweetzer raves that this favorite French spot has expanded to include patio seating and a larger bar & lounge area for hanging pre-meal or for cocktails only dish sessions.  And I'm always in favor of more cocktail/wine spots in my hood.

Plus, if B + S vouches, then I believe.  I'll check it out and then go oui, oui, oui all the way home.

xo – N.

P.S.  Check out this blogger collaboration between B + S and Food Marathon, where they get together and eat their way through a few spots on Third Street.

LA (COSTA MESA): THE BEST NEW UPSCALE PIZZERIA

By Nora Zelevansky / January 28th, 2009

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Poor Costa Mesa. Unlike its famous (and infamous) siblings, this O.C. town has never hosted an MTV reality show or even Snoop Dogg.  Luckily, now David Myers (of Comme Ca, Boule and Sona fame) has opened Pizzeria Ortica, so C.M. has it's own claim to fame.

Now, anyone who is even partially responsible for Boule's Fleur de Sel eclairs is a GENIUS of epic proportions in my book (literally one of my favorite desserts of all time), so A. & I stopped into Myers' Pizzeria Ortica for lunch on the way down to San Diego this past weekend.  And I was psyched that we did: A. started with Charred Octopus (which he always loves).  I'm sometimes on the fence about the tentacle-touched foods, but this was so tasty and the consistency wasn't intense. I had the Roman Style Braised Artichokes with shaved ricotta salata, which were incredibly flavorful and delicious.

Pizza-wise, I thought the crust was nice and chewy.  My order was actually totally out of character for me, but yummy: Salsiccia e Finnocchio (which you know I didn't even attempt to say) with house-made sausage, caramelized fennel, mascarpone, red onion and buffalo grana.  Andrew's choice, Salame Piccante e Funghi (Margherita with spicy salami and mixed mushrooms), was even more up my alley. I could have eaten that for days . . .

And, speaking of eating for days, some unrelated info: if you don't know, it's Restaurant Week here in LA.  So a good time to sample some new spots for lower prices.

xo – N.