You’re in Hollywood looking for a swank place to sit outside, have a craft cocktail or glass of wine on a beautiful patio while nibbling on Italian treats. Or maybe you want to sit inside in a beautiful room while sharing a lovely pizza. And so you are looking for Aventine.
This Hollywood hotspot (DJ’s on the weekends, a more relaxed vibe during the week), recently invited The Monster out for night to sample their Italian fare and so without further adieu, a look at Aventine…
The evening starts off with the Aventino – a meatball stuffed with mozzarella, basil pesto, golden raisins over soft polenta. The Monster takes a little nibble and saves the majority for his dining companion who happily wolfs it down, smile on his face.
Cozze e Vongole is the next call. Steamed mussels and clams, white wine, garlic, pickled ginger, fresh tomato broth. A straightforward interpretation that works, the pickled ginger a particularly nice touch.
A Margherita pizza is a must. And for this alone you will want to check out Aventine. It is delicious, a gloriously flavorful sauce, mounds of mozz, tomato and basil. A true winner.
Lastly, there is branzino. This version is filleted tableside, served alongside roasted potatoes and vegetables all topped by a white wine citrus vinaigrette. Always a fan of branzino, this version delivers.
All in all, a lovely evening at Aventine and surely a place to check out for those looking for new spots to hit in Hollywood with friendly service, fair prices and a lovely setting!
1607 North Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028