I’m continuing with my reviews of the amazing meals I had in LA back in April. Forgive the delay, but I thought it best to spread them out in between other posts. After visiting both Rustic Canyon and Huckleberry on our last trip to LA in 2011, I was eager to try the other places in that group, Milo and Olive and Sweet Rose Creamery Ice cream parlour. We never made it to the ice cream parlour, but we did get to Milo and Olive. Not having a car made it especially difficult to get around LA. But we persevered and dragged ourselves up Wilshire Blvd and arrived at Milo and Olive relatively early in the evening, I think it was around 6 or 7.
There were already plenty of people enjoying their meals, a mixture of youngish couples and multi-generational families spread out in the chic but casual restaurant. It’s not a very big place and you can see the whole open kitchen with its wood burning oven to one side. Like the other places we visited that are run by Zoe Nathan, it has a relaxed charm with an emphasis on great food. The host informed us there was bit of a wait, and since we hadn’t made reservations who were we to complain? He didn’t say that last part, that would’ve been a bit rude!! He was very polite, I’m just elaborating a bit!
He offered us a drink while we browsed the menu, squeezed into the corner trying not to block the rest of the queue. I tell you, I could happily do without all this queuing business that LA seems to love. We don’t really have that trend in Dublin, thankfully! The service was very good though, and we were brought a glass of Prosecco and a glass of Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, I think. After a few minutes, we were seated at the bar happy just to get fed.
Milo and Olive is primarily a bakery and restaurant that focuses on meals made in its wood burning oven. They serve bakery and breakfasts treats like brioche French Toast or polenta and poached eggs. They then serve a simple all day lunch and dinner menu including pizzas, pastas and other oven baked dishes and small plates. We were tempted to order their famous garlic knot, a twisted garlic bread that comes out of the oven and is sliced up into pieces for sharing. It looked amazing and we were kicking ourselves for not ordering it. We shared a plate of free range chicken meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce.
They were light and delicate and whetted out appetites for what was to come. (Sorry for the above picture of a half eaten meatball – we nearly forgot to take a photo it was that good!) We both went for pizzas, how could you not when the oven is right in front of you? Mr. Cooksalot went for a spicy pepperoni, as his is tradition and he wasn’t disappointed. It was perfect.
I went for a pork belly sausage, escarole and mozzarella pizza. We don’t really have escarole at home, but it was like a bitter green somewhere between rocket and chicory. Both were delicious, light crispy base, charred at the edges. The toppings were generous but not too heavy as to weigh down the whole thing. As with the other restaurants in the group, everything is cooked with love and with the best quality ingredients. We were in heaven and could see why the place was so popular. You can also order pizza to go, and if we lived here trust me we would be eating there frequently!
We decided to share some ice cream for dessert, and had a little cappuccino cup full of their vanilla ice-cream. I assume it is the same ice cream that they serve in Sweet Rose Creamery.
It was gorgeous and didn’t disappoint. I need to go to that ice cream parlour! We were happily stuffed and only wished we could’ve come back again before we left LA. But there’s always next time…
Milo and Olive
2723 Wilshire Blvd.,