Photograph courtesy Milo & Olive
With her husband, Josh Loeb, and chef Evan Funke, pastry maven Zoe Nathan is dominating Santa Monica’s dining scene. Joining Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry, and Sweet Rose Creamery is this darling pizzeria and bakery. The place is tiny, with a pizza bar and two communal tables seating 24 at a time. Already it’s packed with new devotees of the crunchy artisanal bread-inspired pizzas offered margherita style or with toppings such as pork belly sausage and braised greens. Branzino ceviche with fennel is a surprise, as are veggie sides that name-drop local farmers. Doughnuts, muffins, and country breads are sold in front. » 2723 Wilshire Blvd., 310-453-6776 or miloandolive.com.