From new pizza in Echo Park to wellness bowls in Hollywood, here's what's happening in the L.A. dining world: Full circle: If you visited Michael's, Michael McCarty's landmark Santa Monica restaurant, in the early '80s, chances are you're familiar with chef Jonathan Waxman. This is the restaurant that helped create the concept of star chefs, including Waxman, who was a chef there for five years and helped champion the idea of California cuisine. Waxman also cooked alongside Alice Waters at Chez Panisse, and went on to open the much lauded Barbuto in New York City. Now Waxman is returning to L.A., and is teaming with the NYCA Restaurant Group to open a new restaurant at the Westfield Century City mall. "All in all this makes for a stellar location where I'm greatly looking forward to feeding folks in L.A. again," said Waxman in a statement.
School is in session: You may still have to wait seemingly forever for a table at one of the restaurants at Eataly. But if you want to visit the Italian marketplace in Century City for a cooking class, just make a reservation online. La Scuola, the Eataly cooking school below the market/restaurant area (near the stall that sells gelato), is now open. This is where you can learn how to make all your favorite egg and semolina pastas, risotto, gnocchi, a Christmas Eve feast of seven fishes and more. The classes are led by chef Denis Dello Stritto, who was recently chef at Culina at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, and who grew up near Naples, Italy.
Happy December, which means anther big football weekend, a sudden explosion of holiday decorations -- and some serious cookie baking. This week, Jonathan Gold continues his account of L.A.'s current pasta scene with a review of Uovo -- say that a few times fast. The pasta at the casual Santa Monica restaurant isn't made there, but in Bologna, Italy, though he's pretty happy about their plates just the same, the tonnarelli all'Amatriciana in particular.
From left, chef Mario Batali and restaurateur Ken Friedman. Both men were recently accused of sexual misconduct. From left, chef Mario Batali and restaurateur Ken Friedman. Both men were recently accused of sexual misconduct. In recent months, sexual harassment allegations have rocked the restaurant industry -- as well as many other workplaces -- around the country.
The recent rains have meant tangled traffic, snow alerts in the mountains, outright disaster north of Los Angeles -- and they've pushed many of us indoors, to seek comfort of a culinary nature. For many of us that means bowls of ramen, and so this week Jonathan Gold considers a new Sawtelle Boulevard ramen shop that specializes in spicy versions of the dish. These are bowls that come with their own heat rankings, so maybe bring a friend or relative who appreciates Scoville scale conversations.