Bare bulbs dangling from the iron grate hanging above the dining room, communal tables, rustic atmosphere and peaceful outdoor patio, define the eclectic, lively space. But it’s ultimately the food and wine that make Gjelina an unforgettable experience.
At the helm of this renowned Venice kitchen is Travis Lett, the young, talented, self-taught chef, confidently focusing on local and seasonal bounty.
Lett’s Mediterranean influence is showcased with the occasional Asian inspiration. A wood-burning oven puts out excellent, thin crust Pizzas topped with delicacies such as garlic confit, lamb sausage, hen of the woods mushrooms, and fromage blanc. Simplicity abounds with an array of roasted and grilled meats, crispy fish dishes, and the freshest produce, all sublimely prepared. Don’t miss their exquisite Sunday brunch, filled with creative and tempting options.
Relaxed and knowledgeable staff. Enjoyable, varied, well-selected wine list.
Primitivo is the King of the Westside tapas bars. Chef Eddy Shin earned his stripes working with the famed Patina group for seven years. Now his eclectic menu veers towards multiple genres, merging simple sensibility with complex flavors.
Braised Short Ribs, Bacon-wrapped Dates, Four-Cheese Gnocchi, and Tiger Shrimp are a few of the superb dishes served in a candlelit dining room.
A regionally diverse list features over 300 wines, with obscure selections from India, Croatia, China and Canada, alongside the Barolos and Chateauneuf du Pape. The wine descriptions are poetically coherent, and helpfully suggests food pairings.
The garden patio is lovely during warmer nights. A seat at the bar guarantees an oenophile discussion with the locals.