Everything has already been written about Gjelina. The delicacy of their mozzarella and orange-tinted cherry tomatoes pizza, its refined decor, the necessity to book ahead in order to avoid the line on a Saturday lunch, their gnocchi with brown butter and truffle honey, the staff’s hotness despite their lack of friendliness, their ricotta pancakes which sell out faster than a Rolling Stones concert… We won’t repeat what everyone is already saying, so we will simply give you a set of tips: 1. Book a table for brunch in the patio – you do not want to compromise on the patio. 2. Order pizzas, especially the butternut squash in if it is available that day. You can skip the salads, order more pizzas. 3. Gjelina is a Venice Beach icon, but the vegetarian sandwich at Gjelina Take Away (right next door) or the falafel wrap at Gjusta (near the Google offices) are the rising stars which deserve all your attention, if not more… 

 

Where? 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

When? Monday-Sunday, 8-12AM

What? gjelina.com

How? (310) 450-1429 or OpenTable

 

Style: Californian / Italian

Price: Pizzas $13-16, Salads 13-15, Entrées $16-34

Neighborhood: Venice

Best for: Lunch

 

Also, consider getting Travis Lett’s cookbook: Gjelina: Cooking from Venice, California!