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Love & Salt

317 Manhattan Beach Blvd. (Highland Ave.) Send to Phone
Chef Michael Fiorelli helms the kitchen at this Italian-inspired restaurant in Manhattan Beach.

Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Love & Salt, Manhattan Beach, CA

Love & Salt Restaurant Review

: Following 30 years of success operating Café Pierre, Guy Gabriele partnered with his daughter, Sylvie, and chef Michael Fiorelli 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. Start with a shaved black kale salad, which marries ingredients beautifully with its mix of soppressata, olives, pickled peppers, breadcrumbs and ricotta salata. The menu repertoire includes 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. Italian flair shines through in the cavatappi with roasted garlic, parsley, Parmesan and cracked black pepper tossed tableside with bone marrow. Vibrant flavors carry on to some very notable desserts: a brown butter pear crostata with rolled oats and whipped cream; a Meyer lemon tart with burnt meringue; and “Not Another Budino,” which is hazelnut, milk chocolate and sea salt. Fun cocktails complement dinner, particularly the “Lady in the Ballroom” with grapefruit vodka, St-Germain red bell pepper, mint and lemon juice. “No Ginger, No Cry” is also noteworthy with its blend of Appleton 12-year dark rum, Booker’s Bourbon, lemon, honey ginger syrup and orange juice served over a large ice cube. Draft beer and wine lists propose a few European picks but selections are mostly from California and Oregon. Locals will like this modern take on Italian cuisine if they can stand the decibels.
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