Escape to Naples — in Hollywood

Pizza Oven, Photo Credit Wonho Photo

Most of us would do just about anything for a relaxing sojourn in Napoli about now. If you’re stuck in LA, you can skip away for a long al fresco lunch or dinner, complete with a glass or two of Prosecco, Calamari Saltati, a Margherita pizza, and zucchini flowers filled with ricotta.

Antica da'Michele Outdoors
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The famed L’Antica Pizzeria da’Michele opened its first U.S, location last month in the former Cafe Des Artistes spot in Hollywood. Just blocks from Highland on McCadden Place, owner/designer Francesco Zimone has created a magical indoor/outdoor space for Angelenos to eschew cauliflower crusts in favor of traditional delights.

Francesco Zimone
Francesco Zimone

“We have meticulously brought the same standards, recipes, ingredients, and respect for Neapolitan pizza to Los Angeles,” Zimone says. “Our Hollywood location serves as a flagship to plant our roots in the U.S. and share our passion for this unique pizza experience.”

Michele Rubini
Michele Rubini

Head Pizzaiolo Michele Rubini prepares sophisticated, authentic pizzas in keeping with the exacting standards of Neapolitan pizza making, using imported ingredients, high-protein flour, fiordelatte cheese, and imported tomatoes. Guests can watch the preparation as it takes place in Da Michele’s signature stone oven as they relax in the restaurant’s charming courtyard.

The restaurant’s sophisticated indoor lounge area and bar are appointed with a fireplace, natural woods, and Baltic stone. The decor also features blue and white tiles, iron from historic buildings in Naples, and leathers influenced by Zimone’s family home.

Margherita Pizza
Margherita Pizza

The pizza selection includes a classic Margherita, a cheeseless Marinara, the fried and baked Montanara, Cosacca with marinara and Pecorino, and Bianca, with double Mozzarella, Pecorino, and basil.

Executive Chef Antonio Giordano
Executive Chef Antonio Giordano

Under Executive  Chef Antonio Giordano (an Italian restaurant owner, formerly of Gujsta Bakery and Terroni), the restaurant also features a complemetary menu of Italian coastal cuisine. Aperativo selections include meatballs, calamari dishes, a variety of salads and vegetable selections, and pasta dishes.

Lunch Menu:
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Dinner Menu:

Da Michele – Dinner




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L’Antica Pizzeria da’Michele

1534 N. McCadden Place

Hollywood, California 90028


Te’Kila in the Valley

According to legend, tequila was discovered when a bolt of lightning struck a crop of agaves, causing a fire that released a honey that caught the attention of the native people. Fermented, the honey had both relaxing powers and could incite euphoria. The indigenous people considered this drink to be an elixir of the gods.


Te’Kila, Sherman Oaks celebrates this spirit that carries a mythical past. In 2016, the valley outpost of Te’Kila took over the legendary Stanley’s on Ventura Boulevard. With over 150 varieties of tequila and mezcal, as well as an inspired cocktail menu, Te’Kila is a great place to meet friends for after work or late night drinks. The restaurant is generous with happy hours, Monday through Friday, 3-7 pm, all day Sunday, and late nights, Monday through Thursday, 10 pm – 12 am.  But there’s much more.


The menu at Te’Kila is classic SoCal Mexican with a healthy twist, plenty of dishes that are amenable for vegetarians, as well as carnivores. Many of the dishes are centered around the kitchen’s housemade corn tortillas, prepared with yellow, blue, or white corn.


There’s definitely a neighborhood appeal to Te’Kila. It’s the kind of place with regulars but always welcoming to newcomers. In Los Angeles tradition, there’s a Sunday brunch with dishes like chilaquiles and posole. Four days a week, the restaurant offers specials. There’s Margarita Mondays; Taco Tuesdays; and Fajita Thursdays, as well as Sunday Funday. The restaurant and its lounge, Rita’s, host special events, tequila tastings, live music, comedy nights and more. Details are available on the Rita’s Instagram.

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Favorite Drinks

The Te’kila Margarita: Fresh lime juice, agave nectar, 100% blue agave tequila blanco, premium Triple Sec. Add fresh fruit for a surcharge. Also available as a pitcher or gigante.

Avocado Margarita: with tequila blanco, avocado, cilantro, St. Germain, fresh lime juice, fresh lemon juice, agave

Tequila flights

The Hennchata: Housemade horchata — topped with a mini bottle of Hennessy VS


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Favorite Foods:

Ceviche: Fresh chopped cod with fresh squeezed lime juice, tomato, cucumbers, red radish, green onion, avocado, and plantain chips

Plaintain Tostones wiith guacamole, roasted, corn, cotija cheese

Esquites with roasted corn, tajin, mayonnaise, and cotija cheese

Queso Dip with housemade queso

Sonora Chopped Salad

Tacos: Baja shrimp or cod, al pastor, carne asada, chicken tinga, carnitas and vegetarian options including soyrizo and cauliflower

Housemade corn tortillas

Shrimp Diablo

Burritos with refried beans, spanish rice, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, roasted jalapeno. Add chicken, steak, shrimp, grilled salmon or vegan chicken.

Fajitas with carne asada, chicken, shrimp or vegan chicken

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Te’Kila Sherman Oaks

13817 Ventura Blvd.

Sherman Oaks, California

(818) 986-4623

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.

Patina's Andreas Roller
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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