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Love & Salt

317 Manhattan Beach Blvd. (Highland Ave.) Send to Phone
Chef Chris Feldmeier helms the kitchen at this Italian-inspired restaurant in Manhattan Beach from Guy Gabriele and daughter Sylvie.

Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Love & Salt, Manhattan Beach, CA

Love & Salt Restaurant Review

About the restaurant: Following 30 years of success operating Café Pierre, Guy Gabriele partnered with his daughter, Sylvie, to bring Manhattan Beach a lovely Italian offering. Smack in the heart of the posh seaside community and steps from the beach, Love & Salt feels warm and welcoming. Guests can settle on stools by the wood-burning pizza oven, in booth-like seating by the window, at tables along the wall or even at the long communal table that runs nearly the length of the restaurant.

Food & Drinks: Chef Chris Feldmeier took over the kitchen after the departure of chef Michael Fiorelli. Start with a shaved black kale salad, which marries ingredients beautifully with its mix of salami, olives, pickled peppers, breadcrumbs and ricotta salata. The menu repertoire includes pastas and pizzas with a crust based on Guy’s very own recipe, such as the duck egg pie with pancetta, panna, potato, rosemary, mozzarella and Parmesan. Desserts include tiramisu, gelato and warm Italian donuts. Fun cocktails complement dinner, particularly the “Lady in the Ballroom” with grapefruit vodka, St-Germain red bell pepper, mint and lemon juice. The wine list, populated with Italian, French and California bottles, is a legacy carries over from Café Pierre. Locals will like this modern take on Italian cuisine if they can stand the decibels.
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