(Venice, CA) Fashionable Food – I’m phasing back onto the grid after spending the last 3 months in a dark, windowless edit bay producing for Style Star (premiering on Style Network this month and already airing via E! International). It’s the spunky celebrity red carpet show I mentioned here. More on that later, but all I can think about is the great food I’ve been missing, so Friday Foodie is back and we’re visiting Gjelina‘s menu.
Now this might look like a simple heirloom tomato and burrata combination, but each of Gjelina’s famous burrata plates is so completely flavorful and addictive that you’ll crave them long after you’ve gone. (Think grilled Warren pears with prosciutto or roasted beets with toasted walnuts and you get the idea). They’re well-known for their thin, tasty pizzas (seen below), so… Angelenos will be happy to know that they’re also opening a pizzeria next door within 2 months!
Sea Salt & Pepper Frites served with Aioli (above) and a tangy Romesco sauce
Mushroom, goat cheese, fontina & truffle oil. (Yes, truffle oil. So good).
Save room for a Strawberry Rhubarb Cornmeal Crisp (always coveted, but I’ve never had room to try it and now want to race there after finding this photo).
P.S. Each member of the staff is either ridiculously good-looking, exotic and/or incredibly interesting. (Ahem, you might’ve noticed a couple of them here and there on this site, but I’ll leave that puzzle up to you). I also shot Kaylee taking a call outside the restaurant over the summer.
Fellow foodies can download Chef Travis Lett’s tempting menus online. For reservations, call Gjelina at (310) 450-1429 or chance it at 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, CA 90291
Photo Credits: The top shot is mine and a shout out to Muy Yum for the others, but please note his flickr rules before reposting any of these images. Thanks.