It’s a Pinsa party at the Arts District’s newest wine bar

propaganda, a new wine bar focusing on organic, natural and biodynamic wines, has opened on 3rd St. in the Arts District on the first floor of the Aliso Apartments building, just one block from Hauser & Wirth. It’s the brainchild of San Francisco restaurant vet Claudio Villani, whose resume includes AltoVino, Quince and Perbacco, and designer Yan Wong. The wine list leans heavily toward Italy, while a snack menu includes canned fish, salumi, and antipasti like Calabrian anchovy crostone (anchovies, burrata cream, piquillo peppers, and pesto Genovese on toasted country bread).

But the real star of the menu is pinsa, a Roman-style pizza with a light, crispy crust made from dough fermented for 72 hours. Pinsa options include mortazza (mortadella di bologna IGP, stracciatella di burrata, parmesan, and roasted pistachios) and amatriciana (tomato, guanciale, smoked pecorino cream, black pepper, and Calabrian chili). Propaganda is open at 950 E. 3rd Street Tuesday through Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m

reviews in the news

In this week New York Times, California critic Tejal Rao salutes Wes Avila, the former guerrilla tacos chef who is now “breaking into the third act” at Angry Egret Dinette. The mostly positive review, which includes glowing praise for Avila’s Baja fish tacos, highlights the restaurant’s “distinct Los Angeles sensibility”: Superior quality ingredients, treated with care but served without the associated pretensions. Read the review.

Meanwhile former Los Angeles Magazine Restaurant critic and food writer/author Patric Kuh has a new look. After years of managing the show at The Arthur J in Manhattan Beach, he is now joined the team at the legendary Cassell’s Hamburgers in Koreatown. Congratulations to Patrick.

About these $21 smoothies

Los Angeles Times Reporter Lucas Kwan Peterson took on the task of trying all 20 smoothies on Erewhon’s menu (apparently he ordered 11 of them in a single visit). According to Peterson, hits included Hailey Bieber’s $17 Strawberry Glaze Smoothie with Harry’s Berries; a $21 strawberry probiotic number didn’t fare quite as well. Here are his take on the whole range of smoothies.

Openings, new menus and pop-ups everywhere

  • Mexican and Jewish pop-up Malli, a regular at Silver Lake’s Melody Wine Bar, is coming to Venice for the first time. Join chefs Elizabeth Heitner and Nestor Silva for a couple of nights this month at Dudley Market (15th, 20th & 21st July) where they will curate a menu of fish caught by the Dudley team.
  • Cobi’s, the bustling, beautiful Southeast Asian spot on Main Street in Santa Monica, has started serving brunch. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., try new dishes like duck hash and Hainanese congee, as well as classics like beef rendang.
  • Fred and Nyesha Hopson are bringing their BBQ pop-up ribs to LA’s Venice Hangout Townhouse this Sunday at 4 p.m., the first of a series of popups at the beach bar this summer and fall.
  • Celebrated bar in Barcelona Two jewelry (No. 11 on the list of the best bars in the world) appears on DTLA Broken shaker This Sunday from 7pm to 11pm, the bar is offering its Five Star Dime Bar menu of cocktails made with Ford’s Gin, including the Schmuck 2020 (a martini and a shot of beer).
  • The House of the Rising Sun is a new New Orleans-influenced breakfast takeout window serving shrimp and grits, fried chicken po’boys, sugar-dusted beignets, sweet tea and the like in the Arts District. Stop Wednesday through Sunday (hours vary).
  • You can put an egg on top – if “it” is a window burger. A cheeseburger with an egg on top is just one option new breakfast menu Served at the Silver Lake location beginning July 16, Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. There is also a breakfast sandwich and a steak and egg burrito. The full menu is below.

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