Strip Show

February 11, 2012

in dessert, dinner, restaurant, salads

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

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

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

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…plus one of Aunt Heidi’s Crostino Pomodori

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Two pieces of fresh bread were also consumed…

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

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

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

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

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…Pumpkin Ravioli with Butter and Sage…

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…Pappardelle with Beef Ragu and Ricotta Salata…

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…and Pasta with Sea Urchin (the special)

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

Salted Caramel/Butterscotch pudding…

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

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…a Vanilla version accompanied the Fig and Almond Tart.

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Yay, to delicious surprises!

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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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{ 9 comments }

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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