Nancy Silverton's Favorite LA Eats
Nancy Silverton, born and bred in LA, has become synonymous with the food scene here, from her start at Michael's to La Brea Bakery and Campanile, and the Mozza compound on the corner of Highland and Melrose. She shares some of her favorite places to eat in this Re:Find video - Jitlada (we love the way she pronounces it, Jit-La-DA) and Night + Market for the spicy dishes, Armenian mezze, chicken from Pollo A La Brasa, and her new find, Venice Beach Wines on Rose Avenue. She also waxes poetic on what makes LA so great, adds a little insight as to why she opened the Osteria (two words: cheese bar). Check out the full video here.
Time Out saysThe smoky scent of grilled panini and pizzas fills the interior and tented patio space at Norma Alvarado and Oscar Hermosillo's 7-year old casual and intimate, beachside neighborhood wine bar. Cheese selections are a must and pair nicely with any wine or beer from a $5-20 list dominated mostly by Belgium, Germany and California....read more
Schniderman was shocked when a tiny wine shop opened two blocks down in 2006.
"When they opened," he said, "I thought, 'They're never going to make it.' "
"Hey, hey, good to see ya!" Oscar Hermosillo shouted over the chatter, clapping a friend on the back. The owner of Venice Beach Wines couldn't even walk out the back of his wine bar one recent Friday night. The 500-square-foot space was packed tighter than standing room only....read more
“At some point Venice, the longtime epicenter of Los Angeles cool, surrendered its title to other neighborhoods, like Silver Lake and Los Feliz. But some recently opened businesses are beckoning that attention back, particularly along Rose Avenue, thoroughfare to the Pacific Ocean …Oscar Hermosillo opened a boutique wine shop here two years ago but decided he wanted something more. After a four-month renovation, he recently reopened the wine shop as a casual restaurant. Lunchtime is bustling with locals chowing down on pressed sandwiches, salads and a hearty selection of cheeses and meats. At night, the heated front patio fills up with a jaunty crowd of California hipsters.”
You may have to battle for a spot at Venice Beach Wines, a 35-seat bar, but it's worth it. Formerly a bodega, the spot is half bottle shop and half wine bar; folks come both for the cozy atmosphere and the excellent wine choices. (The recommendations — say, an Albariño with a crisp acidity on the tongue — hold up as well.) One of the best tables in the house is actually a giant stump, trucked down from Oregon. It gives a view of the kitchen, which cooks up grilled sandwiches (the lambwich is divine), local organic salads and artisanal cheese plates. Everything is thought-out and house-made. All in all, it's the type of place that makes you want to linger, which is exactly why it's so difficult to find a place to sit in the first place. 529 Rose Ave., Venice. (310) 392-3539
It started as a grab-and-go bottle shop—a shoe box nook packed from floor-to-ceiling with boutique wine from around the world and some 30 craft beers—but quickly blossomed into one of Venice’s tiniest but most beloved wine bars. And all because Oscar Hermosillo (with some help from his mother, girlfriend, and the cooks) decided to add some market-driven small plates to the mix, drawing droves of locals to the cozy, heated front patio on Rose Avenue for highly original bites....read more