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Gjelina . . . What to order?

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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?

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Gjelina
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

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  1. The Ricotta Gnocchi with Crispy Sage, Brown Butter & Parmesan is incredible. Also the Charred Brussel Sprouts with Bacon & Dates.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

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          1. re: aching

            I wholeheartedly second you on the Butterscotch Pot de Creme.

          2. The lamb sausage broccolini pizza was amazing!

            1. Second the lamb sausage pizza. Also loved the pizza with bacon and radicchio. The sunchokes have a lot of fans but I found them too oily for my taste. Niman ranch pork chop. Any of the salads. Butterscotch pot de creme or bread pudding for dessert.

              1. Wood roasted cauliflower was wonderful. Mushroom taleggio pizza. Braised chickpeas. So much more. Gjelina overall was one of the best meals I've had in LA. I live in WeHo and would make the schlep with any excuse.

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                Gjelina
                1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

                1. Charcuterie and cheese plates are great, just stay away from the pizza (maybe I just caught them on a bad night?)

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                  1. re: schrutefarms

                    I think the charcuterie was the weakest of all items we had at two visits. Not really bad but also not really memorable compared to many other dishes.

                  2. Their tuna salad is one of the best salads I have ever eaten. It is not on the dinner menu but they may make it. Their pizza is good but not fantastic in my opinion. Try to sit outside as inside gets very loud

                    1. mushroom toast.... guanciale pizza.... brocolini with garlic and chili's.... mussels....