From an offbeat pizza spot in Fairfax to sweet-and-savory porridge restaurant in Westlake there are a lot of new restaurants to check out this month. Here are our picks for November’s buzziest new restaurants.
Daniel and Caitlin Cutler may have cut their teeth at traditional Italian spot Sotto, but their chic pizzeria on Melrose is more offbeat, with tiki-ish cocktails and a brass crucifix above the wood-fired oven. Charred pies with spicy ’nduja, Gorgonzola, and celery nod to Buffalo as much as to Naples, while beef tartare comes punched up with pistachios and cured olives. 7315 Melrose Ave., Fairfax.
Restaurateur Michael Cardenas is behind this midcentury lounge along the Valley’s main drag. The cooking is unabashedly global, from fried turmeric bread with figs to shrimp bolognese laced with fennel jam. Pickled giardiniera is a smart contrast atop Puerto Rican-style pork belly, even if the beans underneath are a tad salty. Opt for the guava panna cotta afterward. 11838 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.
After an intermittent run as a pop-up, Minh Phan’s porridge concept has found a home inside a cheery brick building west of downtown. Heirloom rice from Koda Farms serves as a base for creative topping combos like spicy pork sausage with ginger and nectarines. And the side of puffs? They’re fine unadorned for dipping, but it’s the brown-butter mochi with miso caramel you’ll be back for. 2801 Beverly Blvd., Historic Filipinotown.
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