Strip Show

February 11, 2012

in dessert, dinner, restaurant, salads


Living in Los Angeles, I’ve learned not to turn my nose up at restaurants in strip malls


The whole family gathered together on Mosto Enoteca’s heated patio (overlooking Washington Boulevard, which saw some police action last night!)



Abe and I shared a plate of baby spinach with green apple, caramelized walnuts, fig balsamic reduction, and baked goat cheese…


…plus one of Aunt Heidi’s Crostino Pomodori



Two pieces of fresh bread were also consumed…


…they offer high-quality olive oil (which Wendy raved about) but I chose to smear mine with the salad cheese instead


For the main course, I ordered the Tagliatelle Nere Ai Gamberi – with shrimp, asparagus, and cherry tomatoes


I actually dreamt about squid ink pasta Thursday night! See? Dreams can come true.


Traded bites with the rest of the table – two different grilled fish dishes…



…Pumpkin Ravioli with Butter and Sage…


…Pappardelle with Beef Ragu and Ricotta Salata…


…and Pasta with Sea Urchin (the special)


Everything was homemade and yummy – including the three desserts we ordered – I probably ate about 1/3 of all them!

Salted Caramel/Butterscotch pudding…


…Warm Chocolate Cabernet Cake with Red Wine Sauce and a fabulous gelato…


…a Vanilla version accompanied the Fig and Almond Tart.


Yay, to delicious surprises!


What’s the best strip mall food you’ve ever eaten? Other gems I’ve discovered: Mario’s Peruvian, Jitlada, Doomie’s, Kobawoo House, Scoops Westside, and pretty much every restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley.

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1 SJW February 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

Amazing for strip mall food.

2 Feed The Monster February 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

Delicious write-up! Only been once, will check out again.

3 Alice February 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

i LOVE squid ink pasta! thanks for the review – i’ll have to stop by. it’s right in my ‘hood!

4 Teresapalooza!! February 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Ooo, this is in my neck of the woods – I’ll have to try it! :)

5 chezjulie February 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

Here in H-town, there is also lots of great food in strip malls. The one that comes to mind immediately is an upscale Portugese wine bar and tapas restaurant in a strip mall near our regular movie theater. But lots of great Mom and Pops, too!

6 Lynn at The Actors Diet February 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I’ve never had Portuguese food before – sounds great…

7 Brigid February 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

DOOMIE’S!!! :)

8 Chiara Bergeretto June 6, 2012 at 4:13 am

sarò a LA a fine settembre…e ci vado sì!

9 Laura Marchiò June 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

Che bel viaggio!!!!!!!!! E vai !!!!!!!!!

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