Founded in 2011, 800 Degrees is an eatery serving up Neapolitan-style pizzas, which have a thin crust and are cooked in a wood-burning oven in about one minute. The culinary team procures the freshest ingredients, which include locally sourced vegetables, and mozzarella and flour from Naples to ensure a top quality pizza. Diners have the option of ordering a specialty pizza or creating their own, and with all the protein, cheese and vegetable toppings available, there are thousands of possible combinations. Mouth-watering highlights to note are the tartufo topped with truffle cheese, mushrooms, roasted garlic and arugula, and the piccante with soppressata, garlic and Calabrian chiles. With gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, this pizza parlour happily welcomes all types of diners.
800 Degrees, 10889 Lindbrook Dr., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 443 1911
Focusing on dishes that are equally healthy and satisfying, Fresh Corn Grill offers delicious innovative California cuisine in a lively and comfortable atmosphere. Established in 2006, this fast-casual eatery creates flavourful items with quality ingredients that will appeal to vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. With its variety of dishes, Fresh Corn Grill guests have a variety of options ranging from fresh corn chowder, turkey meatloaf and the fresh corn vegetable bowl with grilled vegetables atop basmati rice with Asian BBQ or ginger curry sauce. For an additional cost, a choice of protein can be added to any vegetarian dish.
Fresh Corn Grill, 1510 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 470 0414
A recipient of the Ospitalità Italiana and part of Los Angeles’ culinary scene since 1984, La Bruschetta is a classic favourite for Italian-lovers. Having generated a welcoming neighbourhood venue where everyone is treated like family, owner Angelo Peloni offers a warm and comfortable space where diners can feast upon a host of home-style dishes. Highlights sure to tickle guests’ taste buds include risotto with porcini mushrooms and peas, lasagna with Bolognese sauce, and large prawns in a spicy tomato sauce atop a bed of linguini. Between the culinary offerings, friendly service, and extensive wine collection — handpicked by the owner himself — it’s easy to see why people return again and again to this Los Angeles treasure.
La Bruschetta, 1621 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 477 1052
Serving local residents mouth-watering Persian cuisine since 1982, Shamshiri Grill is a flavourful eatery located in the heart of the Westwood. With a large menu that will appeal to both meat-lovers and vegans, this eatery is a casual lunch venue during the day, yet transforms to a romantic hot spot during the evening hours. Notable dishes to mention are zereshk polo or sour barberries and saffron in basmati or brown rice served with a choice of chicken or lamb shank; vegan baghali polo, which is lima beans and dill, baked with basmati rice and accompanied by a vegetable kabob; and the shirin polo or basmati rice with a delightful combination of saffron, orange peels, pistachios and almond.
Shamshiri Grill, 1712 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 474 1410
Born out of a food truck, TLT Food is a vibrant fast-casual eatery featuring an eclectic menu peppered with international flavours. With the goal of ‘pleasing the palate’, the culinary team at this restaurant procures the best quality ingredients from local sources to use in their made-from-scratch flavourful fare. Offering lunch and dinner daily plus a weekend brunch with a host of delectable edibles, everyone is sure to find something to tantalise their taste buds. Highlights to note are the PBAT sandwich with cured pork belly, arugula, tomato, red onion and aioli on parmesan crusted bread, and blackened tofu nachos with wonton chips, jalapeño aioli, Thai slaw, cashews, sesame seeds and marinated tofu. They also offer a wine list plus a seasonal beer menu.
TLT Food, 1116 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 443 4433