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I’m continuing with my series of very, very drawn out posts on my trip to LA back in April. This one is short and sweet but nonetheless features one of the best meals we had on this trip. One of the trendiest, most hipsterish places on Abbot Kinney is Gjelina. I’m still not sure how to pronounce it but no matter. They have a restaurant and a takeaway next door. Don’t be put of by the trendy, “too cool for school” attitude at the door as the food is worth it.
They seem to specialise in wood fired pizzas, fresh tasty salads and the ubiquitous but delightful small plates, all featuring lots of local food producers and seasonal produce.
We never really knew when we’d be free for dinner, so making reservations wasn’t really an option. Instead we went in at lunch time and have some amazing pizzas.
I do love Californian food, especially when I find ingredients that you just can’t get at home. I had a spicy pizza with fennel and sausage, as thin and crispy as you can get.
It came with chilli flakes, parmesan and fennel pollen on the side for sprinkling. It was divine!
Mr. Cooksalot has a similarly delicious pizza without the fennel.
I’m struggling to remember what it was but I think it had the confit tomato that still features on their menu.
I had a glass of perfectly chilled rosé and he had a freshly squeezed minty lemonade as he was still on duty.
A few days later I went back by myself and got a large slice of their pizza to go from the counter next door.
If you wanted to get a taste of Gjelina but didn’t want to wait forever to get a table for dinner, you could try the tak-out counter first. It was equally delicious as the restaurant.
The to-go area had a queue out the door onto the street and I could see why. But it moved quickly and the service is great.
This one had burrata melted into it, which was lovely but felt like a bit of a waste of burrata to be honest.
So if you find yourself in the mood for artisan pizza or the ever popular small plates and you’re in the neighbourhood, drop in to Gjelina. I think it’s a lot harder to get a table at dinner time so good luck!
Gjelina Website (btw this website is a bit crazy and hard to navigate but has all the info you need hidden in there somewhere!)
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd.,
Venice CA 90291
Tel: + 1 (310) 450 1429