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Meet Your Neighbor: Aventine Hollywood

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Apr 18 in Uncategorized
One of the knocks on Hollywood—and Los Angeles in general—is that it’s too spread out. Visitors to L.A. from other big cities like New York and Chicago often gripe that you can’t walk anywhere, that everything in L.A. takes a car ride. And they’re sort of right.
One small corner of the city, however, is bucking that stereotype.

All within a stone’s throw of the intersection of Cahuenga Boulevard and Selma Avenue while many restaurants and music venues have been neighborhood favorites for years, it’s the newest addition to the burgeoning Cahuenga scene that’s really making noise—Aventine Hollywood, a new Italian bar and restaurant, has people talking.
Beautifully designed and elegantly decorated, the warm space features a turn-of-the-century style, complete with natural brick walls and exposed wooden beams. Even more impressive, the outdoor open-air patio has a comfortable leather lounge chairs, and a number of dining tables that allow you to eat underneath the stars.
As is the case with many great Italian restaurants, you don’t need to look any further than the bread. Well, the bread and butter. A dish of what looks like peanut butter in the dim lighting accompanies the Italian-style bread. But when you spread it on a piece of warm bread and take a bite, it’s apparent that what you’re eating is not creamy JIF, but a delicious port reduction butter whose subtle sweetness makes it different from the butter you’ll get anywhere else.
The menu features many traditional northern Italian dishes. The highlights include creative varieties of thin-crust pizza cooked in an 800-degree wood-burning oven  (these range from classics like the margherita to more adventurous selections like the tartufo, which features black truffle honey and creamy bechemal sauce), the mushroom ravioli with ricotta in a marjoram sauce, and the ossobuco.
If you’re not sure what to get for your first time at Aventine, try the gnocchi.  The pesto cream sauce is out of this world, and the taste and texture of the gnocchi are executed to perfection. Priced at just $15, there’s no reason not to give this dish a try.
Aventine is  located at 1607 N. Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood, a perfect location for walking. 

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