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Bar Toscana

11633 San Vicente Blvd. (Barrington Pl.) Send to Phone
310-826-0028 | Order Now! | Menu
The emphasis is on imbibing, but the food will compel you to plan a return visit to this cozy Brentwood lounge.

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Bar Toscana, Los Angeles, CA

Bar Toscana Restaurant Review

About the restaurant: Adjacent to Brentwood's almost-iconic Italian restaurant Toscana is the vibrant little sister lounge Bar Toscana. Here, the emphasis is on imbibing, naturally, but the food will compel you to plan a return visit. Whether you sit at the bar, the communal table by the entrance, or the tables of varying heights, expect to get friendly with fellow revelers in such close quarters. (The noise level can be high, but it's all part of the lively experience.)

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Drinks: Classic cocktails (Manhattan, barrel-aged Old Fashioned) and aperitivi (Negroni, Aperol Spritz) appear alongside rotating seasonal creations that incorporate ingredients like kumquat and star anise.

Likes: the drinks; pizzas; spaghetti.
Dislikes: the noise level.

Food: Meanwhile, chef Justino Quirino's menu kicks off with stuzzichini (small Italian plates) such as an exemplary beef carpaccio with marinated artichokes, shaved pecorino and black truffles. Don’t be surprised if the delicious thin-crust pizzas, featuring toppings like prosciutto, disappear soon after delivery. Spaghetti may not be one of the house-made pastas, but the special we sampled was so deftly cooked that we can’t hold that against them. (Gluten-free pasta is also available.) Heartier appetites can be satisfied by grilled seafood, veal chops and steaks --- we recommend the filet mignon with porcini mushrooms. For dessert, indulge in the classic tiramisu. The wine list is small but quite select, including California boutique labels and choice Italian regional picks. Bar Toscana is also one of the more unexpected spots in LA to celebrate Taco Tuesdays --- chef Justino channels his Oaxacan roots and offers a couple gourmet tacos made with handmade tortillas.
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