Gjelina . . . What to order?
I am taking my friend to dinner on Friday for her birthday and I want some ideas about what to eat. We are both fairly adventurous and am willing to try most things on the menu. She does not drink, but I would like drink recommendations too. Should I get a cake or are their deserts worth having?
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA
The Ricotta Gnocchi with Crispy Sage, Brown Butter & Parmesan is incredible. Also the Charred Brussel Sprouts with Bacon & Dates.
The artichoke and burrata appetizer is great. And the cauliflower veggie side is yummy. I feel like if you want a general guide for how to order in this place, go for the menu items that seem like they'll have lots of flavor. Aside from the cauliflower, they don't do subtlety as well as they do strong flavors and textures.
my top choice: guanciale pizza, hands down. also, anything with an egg added, like the blt, is very good (btw, I'm kinda in to this egg-as-condiment craze, but it's getting a bit redundant, no?). they do cheeses and veggies best, and meats good if unadorned.
drinking- the wine list, while not a masterwork, has very solid and interesting by-the-glass options and (to me) reasonable bottle price/quality.
BUTTERSCOTH POT DE CREME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Yes, their desserts are definitely worth having.)
Also, their pizzas are amazing, and every time I've been there, they have had a platter of grilled something seasonal as a special that was to die for. Once it was nectarines, that were served with buratta - so good.