Sorry, sorry sorry! With quite a few personal things in the works, I have been pulled in 1000 directions. I have not stopped stuffing my face, but my writing has fallen behind. Rest assured a few good reviews are coming your way – starting with today…
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
From the service to the food, there wasn’t anything lacking at Via Veneto.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
Now that I have permanently made my way to LA (1 of the big personal things I was referring to), I have been treating family members out to meals, this particular night, was my mom’s turn. Her and I walked in around 5:30pm on a Wednesday. We were 1 of only 2 parties there (it gets much more packed around 7pm) so if you want a more private experience, you may want to head in earlier. The restaurant, although grandfathered in to that street (it’s been there for 16 years), isn’t flashy and doesn’t call attention to itself. Rather inconspicuously sandwiched in the middle, the layout reminds me of a San Francisco home – thinner and taller. The dining room boasts multiple beautiful chandeliers and the dim lights and dinner by candlelight give it a romantic vibe. Our waiter was Italian and the experience felt that much more authentic. He was an absolute joy, very sweet, very attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu.
Sun – Thurs 6pm – 11pm
Sat – Sun 6pm – 11:30pm
What we ate:
- Bone Marrow ($18)
- Tartare trio ($24)
- Ravioli combo ($28)
- Fish combo ($48)
- Dessert combo ($56)
We started our evening with a glass of prosecco, because why not? The restaurant serves olives and bread to start – the olives were great, but I tried not to indulge too much because I had already eyed several things I wanted on the menu.
We opted for Chef’s choice with wine pairings. The first dish they sent out was a tartare trio: amberjack, tuna and salmon. All three were fresh, but my favorite was the amberjack. The tuna was a bit plain in comparison to the others, but it let the quality of the fish shine through.
The bone marrow was delicious! This dish had so much flavor and like every good bone marrow, it’s the best heart attack waiting to happen.
Next to the table was 2 different pastas: a gnocchi and ravioli. The gnocchi was a special that night with brown sugar and sage. This was delicate in flavor, but the texture was perfect – each potato piece was so pillowy with the perfect bite. The ravioli was served with osso bucco and wow, this was fantastic! Amazingly rich, not heavy, and very different than anything else. The meat melts in your mouth. Definitely recommend!
The branzino and langostini was next and although I like fried branzino better, this grilled fish was beautifully cooked. It was tender, fresh and very flavorful. The langostini was herby, light, buttery and delicious!
For our sides they brought out fingerling potatoes and broccolini. I thought the broccolini was pretty plain, but the fingerling potatoes were good in their simplicity. I wasn’t wowed by either, although I much preferred the potatoes.
You know me, even after a big meal, I can never say no to dessert. They brought us a plate filled with samples of their most popular desserts. One of the stand outs was the Panna Cotta with berries, very creamy and very tasty. The Panna Cotta with Nutella was also good, but you have to make sure you really like Nutella because it’s a generous serving. The chocolate tarte was my least favorite – it was kind of doughy and not very rich. If you give me chocolate it needs to be Valrhona or nothing. I want that rich, chocolatey taste; this didn’t deliver. The profiteroles were yummy, light, covered in chocolate served in perfect bite sized pieces.
In addition to that I had to order the tiramisu because I couldn’t leave a great Italian restaurant like this and not know what their tiramisu tastes like. For those coffee haters out there, this is very coffee heavy, but so light and tasty… I would order this over the platter or simply stick with the Panna Cotta with berries.
The meal was extremely memorable and I’ll definitely be back. I’m just a little sad it took me this long to find it. Oh well, guess I’ll just have to make up for lost time with frequent visits.