Strip Show

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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  • http://wedontsavelives.wordpress.com SJW

    Amazing for strip mall food.

  • http://seanerobins.wordpress.com Feed The Monster

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

  • http://www.nomnomcat.com Alice

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

  • http://www.teresapalooza.com Teresapalooza!!

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

  • http://gravatar.com/chezjulie chezjulie

    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!

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

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

  • http://greyeyedesigns.etsy.com Brigid

    DOOMIE’S!!! :)