Located on one of L.A.'s most pedestrian friendly streets, in the heart of the sought-after Los Feliz neighborhood, Little Dom's combines the laid back atmosphere of Los Angeles with the dynamic feel of a New York block. "We wanted to make it seem like this restaurant has been here forever, even though we completely renovated the space," says owner Warner Ebbink. "It was important to me to make sure this felt like a neighborhood restaurant because every neighborhood needs one." The vintage wooden bar was purchased by Ebbink in Pennsylvania and resurrected in Los Angeles to create a classic and comfortable place to saddle up for your favorite cocktail or entrée. Striking leaded glass windows salvaged from an old building cast a lavender hue over diners in railroad booths. The warm leather and cool white marble tabletops create a harmonious balance of elegant American bistro and a comfortable neighborhood bar. Upstairs, the dining room is retro Hollywood meets modern Rat Pack with characteristic touches such as quirky black and white photos, maps of Italy and mounted fish add to the whimsical vibe familiar to Dominick's and the 101 Coffee Shop, Ebbink and Chef/Partner Brandon Boudet's other restaurants. Outdoor tables situated along the perimeter of the surrounding sidewalk make a perfect location for Sunday brunch or a festive evening with friends. Also, don't forget the take out, Little Dom's next door deli has all your on-the-go needs.
The menu at Little Dom's features fresh and delicious Italian-American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Acclaimed Chef Brandon Boudet utilizes the best seasonal and local ingredients (much from the Hollywood Farmer's Market) as he prepares classic favorites such as homemade Linguine Carbonara, Gnocchi Fritto, and Meatballs. For breakfast try the Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, an Italian Frittata or Steak and Eggs with a fennel pollen hollandaise sauce. Some local favorite dishes include the wood-oven Pizzas, the meatball & mozzerella sandwich or Cedar Plank Salmon with pomegranate and baby celery. Start off your meal at lunch or dinner with some Rice balls, a mixture of mushroom risotto with fresh mozzarella, parmesan, and provolone rolled in bread crumbs and fried.
Finish your meal with Pastry Chef Ann Kirk's Torta Della Nonna, a double crusted tart filled with a vanilla cream, topped with toasted pinenuts and served up with a sweet cream gelato and blackberry compote. Go out on a limb and try one of her newest creations such as the Chocolate Bread Pudding served with fresh mint chip gelato or delicious Butternut Squash Fritters dipped in crème fraiche whipped cream.