Maximiliano Highland Park

This meal is hosted.

Ever since I moved to Los Angeles, I’ve been looking for an Italian Restaurant to become a regular at. There are plenty of incredible Italian places in Los Angeles but they’re a bit too stuffy, or trendy, or expensive. Maximiliano feels like an updated version of the classic Italian places I grew up going to on weekends in NJ, without the sticky tablecloths and red pepper shakers.

Maximiliano Highland Park

That’s what Chef Andre Guerrero (Oinkster) is going for – “Kinda Old School Italian.” There are homemade pastas and artisanal pizzas, with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Brunch at Maximiliano Highland Park Los Angeles

The Salmon Salad on their weekend brunch menu was calling my name. Pan seared, with green beans, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, caramelized balsamic onions, and champagne vinaigrette. Next time I’ll order dressing on the side, but otherwise it was perfect.

Maximiliano Highland Park Salad with Salmon

Abe just got back from Venice, Italy but was still craving pasta. He got it in the form of Spaghetti Puttanesca – with red pepper, jalapeño, olives, capers, and heirloom tomatoes.

Maximiliano Pasta Los Angeles

All of their pizzas can be made with a gluten-free crust! It’s thin but chewy. This is the Bianca Verde – preserved lemon, garlic, and ricotta with a pile of dressed arugula and parmesan on top.

Maximiliano Gluten-Free Pizza LA

Sadly, Maximiliano isn’t exactly around the corner from me – it’s a 30-minute drive away in Highland Park. But we stopped by Galco’s Soda Shop afterwards and it was kind of a perfect Sunday fun day.

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