Someone told me about Felix and mentioned the excitement surrounding its opening. I immediately booked a table as I have been craving tasty Italian food and searching for new spots in LA. Felix is in Venice, and it is absolutely adorable and buzzy. The only downside – the secret is out and a reservation are hard to come by.
I went there with my friend Ashim and some of his friends I didn’t know well. Luckily they all had no food restrictions and were willing t share everything (my type of people…).
The restaurant is centered around an open pasta kitchen where several people roll the fresh pasta non-stop.
What we ate:
Country sourdough, goat’s milk butter & ash salt: perfect bread and amazingly tasty butter. I couldn’t stop. Their focaccia looked amazing on some of the other tables but they ran out when it came our turn…..
Charred leeks, chili, garlic, mint & bottarga: this was ok, tasty but leeks were stringy and not a must repeat when the menu is so great.
Pork meatballs, salsa verde & parmigiano reggiano: absolutely amazing meatballs. Porky and juicy and the salsa verde worked perfectly with them. Hard for me to choose between them and the ones at Gjelina I also love.
Pasta with pork and tomatoes: smart they started us with this dish as it was the most subtly flavored. Light tomato sauce with some broccolini and small pieces of pork. Not heavy, perfectly cooked and delicious. Most pastas shapes we didn’t recognize but that made them even more interesting…
Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe: the very traditional pasta with black pepper and parmesan. We all thought they were a bit heavy handed on the black pepper and felt our mouths burning for a while….least favorite.
Gnocchetti Riposo with Oxtail ragu napoletana, Fior Di Latte cheese was absolutely delicious. The meat was shredded and the cheese had a delicious smokiness to it.
Pasta with lamb ragu and peas: I can’t recall the names of all the pastas but this one had a similar shape to the Gnocchetti and was probably my second favorite. Lamb and peas are a match made in heaven and it was meaty, rich and delicious.
He dessert menu is very limited. We went for the olive oil cake which was very good but the other desserts weren’t very inspiring. Tiramisu just doesn’t make me jump up and down. Maybe we should have walked to Salt & Straw for some ice cream instead? I guess one of the people at the table (who shall remain nameless) was happy with their liquid dessert-aka grappa…
In sum: Can’t wait to be back at Felix and try their lamb chops and the other pastas! They also had run out of the pappardelle with meat ragu so I really need a return visit.
1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291
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