Posted: Friday, February 6, 2015 – 3.59 PM
Nonna is Italian for grandmother, but besides respect for tradition, this spacious ingenue is molto moderno.
The restrained elegance of gleaming wood floors, paneled walls, and minimalist furnishings is offset by the exuberant energy from the large display kitchen.
Nonna of Italy offers classic Italian cuisine along with contemporary Mediterranean-inspired dishes by its chef, carefully made from superior ingredients and presented simply in generous portions. The menu showcases excellent products in plates of tangy, imported buratta, or prosciutto and melon. A bowl of orecchiette topped with ground sausage and aged pecorino is nothing fancy, but made with care.
• Rigatone Napoletana: Rigatoni chicken, shiitake mushrooms, herbs de provence, and parmesan. • Branzino Filleto alla Griglia: Filet of Mediterranean sea bass, grilled with roasted potatoes, and sautéed spinach. • Piccata di Pollo: Sautéed chicken breast in white wine lemon and caper sauce served with roasted potatoes and broccolini. • Fettini ai Ferri: Thin cut and grilled skirt steak is served with potatoes and baby carrots.
Desserts include Tiramisu, a famous dessert soaked in coffee and garnished with cheese, egg yolks, and sugar; Torta Della Nonna, vanilla ice cream topped with Affogato and apple tarte tatin served with vanilla gelato.
Lighter Californian fare like thin-crust pizza and seared ahi tuna can also be found.
For those on a strict diet or working to lose weight and stay fit, Nonna of Italy offers healthy Italian food—low on carbohydrates and fat, and considered one of the healthiest diets in the world. Dishes served are prepared in hygienic and protected conditions—whether it be for lunch, business lunch, dinner or dessert—by experienced chefs and with state-of-art products.
The benefits of Italian food are many. Healthy Italian food contains fresh fruits, vegetables, red wine, and other sources of antioxidants. Unsat-urated fats include olive oil, a staple in Italian cooking. A glassed-in wine cellar has a strong collection of reds from Tuscany and Piedmont.
Located on the historic Sunset Strip, Nonna is inspired by the old Hollywood traditions of gracious dining and genuine hospitality.
Nonna of Italy, 9255 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-270-4455, www.nonnaofitaly.com