Best Cioppino in LA?
I know Cioppino is really an SF dish... still, I'm looking for it here in LA (and the closer to West LA, the better.)
Anyone have any suggestions, besides flying up to SF? I checked this earlier thread: ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/386680 ), but it's mostly old as dirt and mostly all about bouillabaisse. The only places that mentioned cioppino were mostly dead-ends:
- 26 Beach (checked the website; couldn't find it on the menu
) - Church and State (checked the website; couldn't find it on the menu)
- Gladstone's (checked the website; couldn't find it on the menu)
- Musso & Frank (checked the website; couldn't find it listed)
- Original Fish Co (Alamitos is unfortunately just too far to drive)
So... here's my query. Anyone have a place in LA they know of where I can go for cioppino? (And by the way, if I'm wrong about one of the above places, please do let me know...)
Admiral Risty in Rancho Palos Verdes has a great cioppino
31250 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Had the Cioppino @ 26 Beach. It was really delish. Call them and ask. Maybe they only offer during certain times. I had last summer.
3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292
A good Cioppino at Ocean Ave Seafood in Santa Monica with stewed Dungeness crab, clams, mussels, assorted fish, calamari, shrimp, and aromatic tomato broth.
Ocean Avenue Seafood
1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
I love cioppino. If I see it on the menu, I have to order it. I have had good versions at Santa Monica Seafood, Cafe Delfini, Madeo, Trattoria Amici, Rock N Fish, Vivoli,
Here's a tip. Many Italian restaurants have a version of cioppino, but it's not called cioppino on the menu as it's an American dish. It can go by the name brodetto, cacciucco or may just be described as zuppa di pesce.
I also had a wonderful seafood stew that was quite similar but with slightly different spices at Red O. There it was called chilpachole.
8897 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
469 N Doheny Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
145 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402
8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Believe it or not, there is a really good cioppino at The Derby! More lemony than usual but that really contributes to the fresh flavor.
233 Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91006
Second thatt - had a superb cioppino at Enterprise in SM last Friday - really delicious spicy soup packed with clams, shrimp, fish and four spears of king crab. Huge portion - took the crab legs home for lunch on Saturday. Garlic toast so so but you can't beat the parking - huge lot right across the street. Mme Zoe had the halibut with a parmesan crust - also huge portion and a dish that could be shared.