Ray’s & Stark Bar Firing Up a Trio of Seasonal Pizzas

With just days left in National Pizza Month, head to Ray’s & Stark Bar where Exec Chef Fernando Darin is firing up the wood-burning oven with some not-to-be-missed seasonal “pies.”

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A self-taught pizzaiolo, Chef Darin has created pizzas that highlight seasonal ingredients like squash. Fernando grew up in the Brazilian countryside with his Brazilian family where his first exposure to a wood-fired oven was at his grandmother’s house.

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Years later, his wood-fired pizzas, both seasonal creations and signature year-round classics, have become the most popular item on the Ray’s and Stark Bar menu.

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Try the Roasted Squash pizza with black truffle bechamel, fior di late, carmelized onion, and San Giacomo balsamic. It’s a definite winner.


Along with the Roasted Squash pizza, Darin’s newest seasonal creations include ALCI with San Marzano tomatoes, anchovy, garlic, black olives, pickled onion, and olive oil; and CAVOLO NERO with black kale, spinach, burrata, garlic, and Calabrian chiles.

Enjoy a Pinot or one of Stark Bar’s signature cocktails with a pizza or two this weekend!



It’s White Truffle Season @ Patina

White truffles

LA’s Michelin-starred Patina is hosting a very special dinner November 9.  According to truffle experts, this year’s white truffles are superb, due to ideal rainfall in Alba, Italy. And Patina’s Executive Chef Andreas Roller is thrilled to host the unforgettable dinner dedicated to this “culinary diamond”.

The not-to-be-missed six-course dinner will begin at 7 pm and feature not only white truffles but customized wine pairings. The menu includes both savory and sweet dishes, from California Spiny Lobster to White Chocolate Cremeaux. In addition to the White Truffle Dinner, Patina will be offering a white truffle add-on to various dishes throughout the season.

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“White truffles are one of our favorite ingredients to work with—everything from the smell, to the delicate taste is incredibly satisfying and a great compliment to our menu here at Patina,” shares Roller. “We work closely with our truffle supplier to select the best white truffles from Alba, Italy. They’re incredible and we can’t wait to share them with our guests.”

Tickets are $400 per person, including custom wine pairings for each dish. Reservations can be made online.


Santa Barbara Spot Prawn

uni vinaigrette, ossetra caviar, chive, white truffle


Soft Poached Farm Egg

tagliatelle, bottarga, white truffle



cauliflower, vin jaune sabayon, white truffle


California Spiny Lobster

beet, spuds, nasturtium, white truffle


Milk-Fed Veal

wild mushrooms, sorel-spaetzle, white truffle, sauce albufera


White Chocolate Cremeaux

huckleberry, foie gras, white truffle