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...)
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.
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.
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I have not had it but Rock N Fish in Manhattan Beach has San Francisco Style Cioppino with
Clams, halibut, swordfish, scallops, and prawns simmered in a broth of vegetables, tomatoes and herbs. Garnished with a King crab leg and garlic cheese toast on their menu.