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Dining in LA-My Best Bite of the Week: Italian feast at Vivoli Cafe

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Sometimes the best eateries in Los Angeles are hidden away and hard to find.  Such is the case with Vivoli Café.  Tucked away in a little strip mall on Sunset Boulevard across from The Laugh Factory, this small but mighty Italian Café totally holds its own with some bigger and more well-known spots in town.  Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Vivoli Café has been offering dine-in, take-out, delivery and catering for 11 years.  I first heard of them through the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce when they were starting a new pastry program.  That pastry case by the way is going to offer gelato for the summer months!

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Recently I paid them a visit and enjoyed a wonderful lunch with new friend Natalie who I also met through the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.  We started with a piece of Vivoli’s homemade focaccia bread and olive pesto.  We then feasted on bruschetta pomodoro with flavorful tomatoes, fresh vegetable soup, and a lovely salad with roasted pine nuts, shaved Parmesan & a balsamic vinegar dressing.  We had gnudi, a dish similar to gnocchi, but not made with potatoes.  These gnudi were little spinach and ricotta dumplings in a butter and sage sauce with parmesan cheese.  I so wanted to try the risotto or one of the chicken dishes but I just didn’t have enough space in my stomach.  I did of course make room for a mini cannoli and a hot cup of cappuccino.  This was the most wonderful Italian feast from start to finish and I am declaring it my best bite of the week!

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By Trish Procetto

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