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One of my final restaurant meals pre-COVID-19 was in the casual beach town of Hermosa Beach. The last thing I had expected to find was an authentic Italian restaurant, but Radici, an upscale family-owned Italian restaurant, reminded me of Italy as I enjoyed an authentic home-cooked meal. Radici is owned by Laura Francisco and her mother Lucia Gasbarri. Lucia, who grew up in Pacento, a tiny village in the Abruzzo region of Italy, is a self-taught chef who has owned restaurants with her now deceased husband in Southern California for multiple decades. Laura brought her mother out of retirement to open Radici a couple of years ago. Lucia has taken family recipes that were carried through generations to create a menu of home-made pastas and traditional Abruzzese dishes in a modern and inviting open space.
The key to making really good pasta is the ingredients. It only requires three ingredients - flour, eggs and salt - but it requires the best ingredients. At Uovo Pasta in Santa Monica, they found the best ingredients by going directly to Italy. And the resulting homemade pasta is delicious. That is why Uovo Pasta in Santa Monica is the Please The Palate pick of the week. I was running an errand in Santa Monica the other night and found a parking spot on the street. I finished my errand and was walking to my car when I noticed that I was parked in front of Uovo Pasta. Uovo Pasta was on my list of places to try as I had heard some positive things from friends. So I decided to go in and check it out. And that was a great choice! Uovo is a pasta bar. A long rectangular bar wraps around the open kitchen with bar stools. A few tables are also available for groups. I took a seat at the bar and perused the menu.
It is summer. And nothing says summer in California more than the beach. So, there is nothing more perfect than sitting on a deck, looking out at the Pacific Ocean while enjoying food and drink. And that is why I have found myself dining at Elephante in Santa Monica almost every week this month. Elephante has been open for a year and yet it took me that long to experience. I had heard about it but did not know where it was. Even the first time I went, I passed by a few times before figuring out where it was. Located on Second Street, just north of Santa Monica Blvd in Santa Monica, Elephante is located on the rooftop of the Laemmle theater. Next to the theater, there is a door with a stand in front where you are checked in for your reservation (of if you are heading up to the bar for drinks) and then you are sent down the hallway to an elevator. The elevator takes you to the 3rd floor and the rear door opens. You walk out and are greeted by the host stand where they welcome you by name. (It is very well done that the front door passes the names to the host stand before you get there.) Every time I go to Elephante, no matter the day of the week, it is packed. And it is easy to understand why. The bohemian vibe is casual and comfortable while also energetic. It feels like you are in someone's super cool home and just want to sit down in one of the low, comfortable chairs and look out at the view. The first section of the restaurant, just off the elevator, is a quieter space to enjoy a meal with friends.