A gorgeous Italian courtyard, mosaic and bucolic, put that on the list of things Angeleans never tire of, and can shamelessly boast enjoyable all year long. When L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, of Eat Pray Love fame, first opened in Los Angeles, I did not pause. Dinner in that magnificent setting did not disappoint, nor did the legendary Margherita. So when I learned that they were launching brunch, well. That patio had me back in a hot heartbeat.
Baltic stone, bountiful greens, and a glass enclosed outdoor kitchen, those who don’t remember this terrace from its former Café de Artists days, will likely feel its familiarity from some Tuscan inspired dream. The iteration we can bask in today is still pretty new, just opened in spring of this year. But today. Today it was time for brunch.
Created by Executive Chef Antonio Giordano (formerly Gjusta, Terroni) the menus themselves are designed to delight – one for weekday breakfasts, one for weekend brunch. Intentionally abbreviated, both are devised to showcase Italian fare as fancied over a Lavazza latte (I went oat milk capp, he went almond milk latte). With the weekend brunch being slightly more extensive, both are a clinic in lavishing lingering meals with a side of Mediterranean mindset and a main of nowhere else to be.
For starters, the pastries. This is a place where you have to start with a pastry. Pain au chocolate, banana chocolate walnut bread, it all pairs deliciously with their coffee program which is taken as seriously as you would expect it to. Fresh pressed juices, too. We tried both the Forever Green (celery, cucumber, kale, ginger, apple) and the Immunity Shot (lemon ginger, turmeric, orange, apple). Both deliver a healthy zing, though the turmeric in the Immunity Shot was really a nice extra.
The Fig Tartine is standout. With the almond butter and fresh figs, it’s a luscious departure from the typical avocado, which they do well here as well. But I appreciate the variation. And the fig play. And the toasted almonds.
Breakfast pizzas are likely what most will leave musing about (Porchetta & Eggs: Bianca Pizza, broccolini, prosciutto cotto, sunny side up eggs), but there is much that is muse worthy. As a non-meat eater, they’re super accommodating when it comes to substitutions, which I love. Luke, our delightful server, didn’t want us to miss the cheese scone sandwich on account of the ham, so he brought us one without. And when I told them I wasn’t big on eggplant, they subbed with rapini in my veggie omelette. How I relish a little above and beyond. It is genuinely what separates the good experiences from the ones you are compelled to repeat.
But beyond breakfast, and beyond brunch, the patio is yours. All the sensory splendour is ours to bask in, 8am-11pm. Sofas al fresco aside an outdoor fireplace. A sweep of café lighting. Wi-Fi. They welcome you to stay as long as you like. The front patio is decked in camo pillows and campfire scent, the back is olive trees and stone set seating. If you’re looking for a place to feel a bit more fall, a bit more friendly, and bit more laidback, try taking in a little Tuscany. Fortunately, it’s not as far as you think.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, 1534 North McCadden Place, Los Angeles, California, 90028, USA.
Tel: +1(323) 366-2408
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele is located north of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, McCadden Place (1 block east of Highland) between Sunset and Selma. It is open Monday to Wednesday from 8:00am to 11:00pm; Thursday and Friday from 8:00am to midnight; Saturday from 9:00am to midnight and Sunday from 9:00am to 10:0pm.
Type of Restaurant: Italian Restaurant
Price Band: Medium
Insider Tip: Return a few times to experience both patios. Dinner and brunch at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele are both excellent and all the scenics are worth a trip. The back patio opens a little later than the front, so if you’re partial, plan accordingly.
Reviewer’s Rating: 8/10
Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles.
Photographs by Rossella Pisano and Jolie Loeb