While wending our way through the winter session of dineLARestaurantWeek (Jan. 20-31) we discovered one of the best bargains of the bi-yearly, 12-day foodie fest ever at Della Terra in West Hollywood.
Sure all of the 300-plus participating restaurants feature two or three course menus for less than if you went there any other night of the year, but some cut corners or size. Not this New York/Italian-style five –year-old neighborhood eatery. We went for the $20 per person lunch and wound up with taking food home for dinner. But it wasn’t only large portions, it was outrageously delicious.
Talk about more bang for your buck
Once seated at your table, they serve an amazing pesto, olive oil and garlic dip with crispy bread that is a delicious precusor of dishes to come. We started with, and shared, a carpaccio di manzo which was one of the best ever served (and your LA Travel Diva Examiner does love her carpaccio), prepared with just the right seasonings, Reggiano cheese with Dijon and arugula. We also ordered the tuna tartare, which amazed as much with just the right hint of spice and fennel, avocado and capers. Both were super-sized portions. The third appetizer choice is grilled artichoke.
For our entrees we had the best plate of al dente linguine pasta made with braised short ribs and a Campana pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, parmesan and basil. We washed it all down with some Russian River Chardonnay at $12 a glass.
While seated at the table we also picked up a promotional card that lists Mondays as Pasta Night with all pasta $10 and wines for $6 and beers for $4. They also offer a Tuesday Night Supper for $15 that’s three courses that change weekly so when we asked what they would be for next week the waiter couldn’t tell us.
Della Terra, which is located at 7675Beverly Blvd., 323-933-7675) was quite a find, which we made thanks to our regular foray through dineLARestauant week participating restaurants. Remember the week of two and three-course lunch and dinner dining specials ends on Jan. 31, so hit OpenTable.com and make your reservations.