Ombra? New in Studio City
Has anyone checked out Ombra, the new Italian in Studio City? (It's on Cahuenga near Lankershim)? It looks interesting; would love to hear some reports!
Also, relatively new in the Valley (further west in Studio City) is Charlie's Pantry, which I believe is primarily a cafe and take-out market. Again, anyone have more info on it?
I just noticed Charlie's Pantry the other day, and stopped in for a late lunch. Had a Croque Sophia, which features fig jam, prosciutto and gorgonzola au gratin, which was lovely; and a warm, fragrant garlic-and-olive oil potato salad with peeled-and-split fingerling potatoes. Plus a very decent iced coffee.
Good food; attentive, friendly service; pleasant indoor space and outdoor patio tables; and lots of intriguing menu choices. A rather nice addition to lunch on the Boulevard, IMO.
Re: Ombra My sister and B-in L went last night for dinner and had a terrific meal and an all around lovely time.
She started with the grilled baby octopus salad and had the pasta with Dungeness Crab. My brother in law had the beet salad and the pasta Genovese. BOth dinners were first rate.
The chef came out to talk to the diners, which is always a nice touch. He plans to change the menu every few weeks and wants to be nothing more than a good neighborhood place. If their dinner is indicative, he has succeeded.
Oh, Steve2, it was far too hectic at the opening to return anything . I just chalked it up to opening night difficulties. We did get a bottle of wine on the house, though. Nice...
Terribly impressed. We had a wonderful dinner there a couple of weeks ago. We had the shrimp appetizer and the octopus salad - both delicious and generously portioned. I had the pasta special with a bolognese type sauce. The sauce was great, but it was the noodles that were sublime. Wait staff was terrific, even accomodating to special requests due to allergies. Only complaint was that it got a bit loud towards the end of our meal as the restaurant became more crowded. Understandable that people want to come . . . . really great food.
Agreed. I should have followed up after eating there. Went about a month or so ago & loved everything we had. A much needed and appreciated addition to Valley dining! Pasta was excellent (had the cavatelli w/ dungeness crab). We also thoroughly enjoyed the octopus salad. Highly recommended! Added plus is low corkage ($8, I think) which helps keep the price down. Looking forward to returning (and maybe trying the pasta tasting)!
Nice place, but very noisy, difficult to talk. Baby octopus salad was nice, the ravioli tasteless, but the red sauce was delicious. My partner's breaded chicken was dry, dry, dry, no sauce to be found, breading heavy and fell off. The bread (in bread basket) was stale. The waitress brought and started pouring another bottle of wine without asking us.
Again, we really wanted to like it, we wish the owner(s) well, but they don't need our business.
They may not "need your business" today but in a few months, when the novelty is gone, they'll be checking receipts to contact "all" their "loyal customers" regarding their all-new Two-For-One-All-You-Can-Eat-Please-Keep-Us-In-Business-Kids-Eat-Free menu. You see it all the time.