From fresh pasta in Culver City to a Food Network star cake shop in Pasadena, here’s what’s happening in the food world.
Mangia, mangia: Chef Paola Da Re, her son Francesco Sinatra and her daughter Giorgia Sinatra opened Pasta Sisters, a tiny, 12-seat pasta shop in a strip mall in Arlington Heights two years ago. They earned a loyal following serving bowls of fresh spaghetti coated in pesto alla Genovese and pappardelle in Bolognese. Now the family has opened a second location, a 3,400-square-foot pasta palace in the Helms Bakery complex in Culver City. And they’ve added some extra dishes to the menu too. In addition to the fresh pastas, the family will make spezzatino (beef stew) with polenta; chicken scaloppine; mortadella sandwiches; and crostoli (fried dough with powdered sugar). There’s also beer and wine. The new location has ample seating and two outdoor patios. 3280 Helms Ave., Culver City, www.pastasisters.com.
Eating for a cause: If you’ve eaten at Cassia, chef Bryant Ng’s Vietnamese-French restaurant in Santa Monica, you may have tried the chickpea curry with clay oven-baked flatbread. It is one of the most addictive dishes on the menu, maybe even in the city. Ng recently teamed with Mendocino Farms to create a sandwich based on the dish. It features shaved, roasted Mary’s free-range chicken, scallion and lemongrass relish, a fresh herb salad and fontina cheese. Ng added a layer of provolone cheese to the outside of the bread, then griddled it until it’s crispy. And he serves it with a cup of chickpea coconut curry for dipping. The sandwich is available at Mendocino Farms locations March 12-25, and all profits will be donated to the People Concern, a nonprofit that helps the homeless and victims of domestic violence. For locations, visit mendocinofarms.com.
Burger time: Dominique Ansel may be known best for the Cronut, his doughnut-croissant hybrid pastry that has fans and curious diners lining up at his new 189 by Dominique Ansel restaurant and bakery at the Grove. But the pastry chef is turning his attention to burgers. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 12 through 16, Ansel is turning his restaurant (located upstairs above the bakery, and usually only open for dinner and weekend brunch) into Dom’s Burgers. The dining room will have fake grass, chess boards, picnic blankets to sit on and different stands offering burgers, make-your-own lemonade and roasted nuts. To drink: three kinds of lemonade and beer. And for dessert, cookies and popsicles. 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, (323) 602-0096, www.dominiqueanselLA.com.
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SOURCE: (LA TIMES)