Gwyneth’s latest newsletter over at Goop is all about Los Angeles. Born, bred, and made famous in the city of silicone, GP has a special fondness for the place — as she says “Los Angeles, with its bougainvillea, sea breezes, avocados and eccentric inhabitants, is like no other place and will always be in my soul.” Then she goes ahead and gets busy with recommendations. Let’s recap her top picks.
Hotels Shutters on the Beach Beverly Hills Hotel Hotel Bel-Air London West Hollywood
Restaurants Michael’s La Scala Presto Via Veneto Sushi Katsu-Ya Pizzeria Mozza Hamasaku Melrose Bar and Grill Chinois on Main Nate’n Al Mulberry Street Pizza Santa Monica Co-Op Caffe Luxxe Loteria Grill in the Farmers Market
It’s not a bad list. I agree with her about Shutters, Mulberry Street Pizza, and Mozza, but what about AK Restaurant? Or the Chateau? To see the whole list, with Gwynnie’s commentary, click here.
1. A.O.C. (Mid-City West): The place to eat small bites at not so small prices. Prepare to fall in love with true quality. 2. Campanile (Mid-City West): Scene of power lunches, Romantic/Date Spot seasonal dinners and prized brunch. 3. Cobras & Matadors (Los Feliz): Formerly trendy tapas still great for a dram and getting your eat on.
4. Jar (Mid-City West): Chopped sirloin with fried egg and peppercorn sauce could take the place of burgers if it wasn’t low-grade lethal. 5. Nishimura (West Hollywood): Against some people’s better judgment, we suggest you slurp their raw bait down sans rice. This sashimi is full of flavor. 6. Michael’s (Santa Monica): Outside patio of this Cali-cuisine legend the most likely place to catch a falling star. 7. Saddle Peak Lodge (San Fernando Valley): 100-year old Hemingway favorite of game meats, stuffed animal heads, hurricane lamps, and cushy leather armchairs awaits PETA smackdown. 8. Piccolo Ristorante Italiano (Venice): Spectacular flavors of Venice in Venice, like Cortinese red beet stuffed pasta with poppy seeds and brown butter. 9. Three Drunken Goats (Glendale): Tiny little tapas joint livens up tiny little Montrose. 10. Via Veneto (Santa Monica): Candle-lit room is the most Romantic/Date Spot the city offers.