Smiles Di'Alba, Photo Credit, Emily Hart Roth

Father’s Day, Italian Style

Smiles Di'Alba, Photo Credit, Emily Hart Roth

Father’s Day — or any day — in L.A. is resplendent with authentic Italian options. Here’s a delightful pair of Revere faves.  Buon Giorno!

 

The Ponte, Photo Credit, Dustin Downing

The Ponte, Photo Credit, Dustin Downing

The PonteTo toast Papa, Scott Conant is presenting classic yet refined Italian dishes at this elegant WeHo dining destination. Choose from the à la carte brunch menu with the refreshing Citrus Cured Trout served with beets, tarragon, pickled red onion, and mascarpone; Benedict Poached Eggs kicked up with prosciutto, tomato Hollandaise and mixed greens; and the signature Pasta al Pomodoro.

Exec Chef Freddy Vargas takes his cue from the local farmers’ markets and seasonal produce. For dinner, options will include Wood-Roasted Prawns with a squid ink farro risotto; Ricotta Gnudi with morels and asparagus; and Prime Striploin with potatoes and a red wine reduction.

Pair it all with master mixologist/Bar Director Ryan Wainright’s primo craft cocktails.

Italian Tuna, Photo Credit: Emily Hart Roth

Italian Tuna, Photo Credit: Emily Hart Roth

 The Smile’s di Alba: In the epicenter of DTLA’s Arts District, this casual counter and takeaway spot serves Roman-style focaccias, paninos, market-driven salads and seasonal fare for breakfast and lunch daily. Pick up an Italian Chopped Salad with finnochiona, fontina, and pepperoncinis; Italian Tuna with Heirloom tomatoes, Kalamata olives, shallots and basil in a red wine oregano vinaigrette; or Bomb Broccolini with garlic chips and Calabrian chili.

Summer offerings include a Caprese panino with Proscuitto di Parma; Wu Tang Clams with Sopressata and cannelini beans; Spicy Meatball sandwich with fresh burrata, basil, housemade spicy meatballs and San Marzano tomato sauce on a house bun, baked fresh daily.

For dessert, indulge in pastry/sous chef Zena Scharf’s rye brownies with smoked sea salt; strawberry rhubarb polenta cake or toffee-chocolate chip cookies. Yum.

 

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