So, Jan and Tom made it to LA in time to eat. We went to the sidewalk cafe on Venice Beach and it basically sucked, but sometimes, food is food. We had calamari--I know, I broke the golden rule of no calamari outside of Solera in Denver. Anyways, we had chips, calamari and a few beverages. We checked out the Santa Monica Pier and Tom cozied up to the chef at Bravo Restaurant and we tried their take on stromboli.
Next stop, Sunset Blvd. We wanted to go to the Viper Room, compliments of Johnny (New Glarus Johnny), but since I look like the permanent Michelin Man, we couldn't get in. Instead, we opted for a new restaurant, Amarone. We knew it was new since they brought us an amuse bouche and an appetizer. Plus, Prosecco to start the evening.
The risotto was awesome and we checked out a few salads in addition to the ricotta raviolis. We chatted up the owner and he brought us dessert wine--yes, Steve, you would have loved it and a few desserts. I have learned that it is always good to work the restaurant connection. Overall, it has been the best meal that I have had in L.A. and I applaud the establishment for its generosity and tenacity.
I guess, if you make it to LA, go to Amarone. It is a true find.
I should hopefully be posting pictures tomorrow of my finds and of Flat Kellen. Yes, we ate ice cream.