Jon & Vinnys

imgres-1Going down to West Hollywood for a dinner at 7 from Venice is a traffic nightmare so you need to leave serious time to get there.  That is the one major drag in LA.  The conversation in the car was “it better be good”.  Jon & Vinnys was fantastic and I’d make the journey again.  They also do breakfast and lunch so there are other options for perhaps less traffic.

vinniekitchenA long restaurant with booths that sit above the fray and across from the open kitchen and bar seats.  There is more seating in the back.  Not a big place.

pizzaboxesThese pizza boxes covered the wall above the kitchen.

vinnieplacemateI love the placemats.  They were all a bit different.  Pizza, pasta, etc.

snappeasWe started with sugar snap peas covered with a pickled ramp ranch dressing.

arugulaA fresh peppery arugula salad covered with shaved parm and mixed with lemon and olive oil.  This is one of my all time favorites.  Just simply delicious.

pastaBucatini, cacio de pepe with pecorino romano.  Cream and pepper.  Super rich and absolutely delicious.

meatballsMarinara braised meatballs with ricotta.  Just how I like them.

spicypastaSpicy fusilli vodka sauce with basil and parm.  Another winner.

pizzaLA Woman pizza.  Just like everything else we ate, simple and excellent.  I am absolutely recreating this at home.  Tomato sauce with olive oil and sea salt and a scoop of burrata on every slice with a basil leaf on the top.  Wow.

icecreamdessertWe went simple for dessert.  Chocolate vanilla swirl.

imgres-2After dinner we crossed the street to go to Canter’s to pick up some deli supplies for the next day.  The last time I was in there was decades ago.  The place has gone seriously downhill.  Not even good deli.  So insanely disappointing.  Alas.

Canters – never again.  Jon & Vinnys  – return!