Saturday, September 19, 2009

Vino and Marinated Veggies Oh My!: Vinoteca Farfalla, Los Feliz

It's annoying how much I love Vinoteca Farfalla. I almost never want to go anywhere else because I'm constantly comparing it to the Vinoteca and if this is Vegas, the Vinoteca dealer almost always wins, baby, and I'm talking the magical hours between 4pm - 7pm seven days a week god help us. It's a happy hour where you can pop in, grab a seat and the waitress welcomes you with a basket of cinnamon scented crostini(not like some haphazard happy hours where service is stressed and spastic). It's a happy hour where the solo nomads of Los Feliz hunker down at the bar, not to get hammered, but to enjoy a glass pinot noir and a plate of fine meats, cheeses, and marinated vegetables.
My opera singer friend and fellow Los Feliz resident, Danielle, told me about their Brazilian salad and how she's been making her own version at home. That good, eh? I was sure to order it on my latest visit. You must be scratching your head, Brazilian salad? Hearts of palm, fried plantains, cashews, avocados, red onions tomatoes, and a tangy champagne-esque vinaigrette. And guess what? This is vegan / Greek Orthodox Lent friendly. Bookmarked!
And my favorite all time dish, the Antipasto Ortolano with goat cheese. The color wheel of marinated and roasted veggies with a goat cheese center. This may be my third favorite thing to consume on planet earth besides bread and wine. I'm a simple gal, really.
I don't know how they do it, but the crostini is very special here. Sure, you may be thinking, but Anna, that's just stale bread they've toasted and thrown to you in a petting zoo sort of way. Nah aw, it's laced with spice and perfectly sized and crisped.
So, there you have it boys and girls. My home away from home: The Vinoteca.

Vinoteca Farfalla
1968 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90189
(323) 661-8070

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