It’s a Pinsa party at the Newest Wine Bar in the Arts District

Propaganda, a new wine bar highlighting organic, natural and biodynamic selections, opened on 3rd St. In the Arts District, on the ground floor of the Aliso Apartments building down the block from Hauser & Wirth. It’s the brainchild of San Francisco restaurant veterinarian Claudio Villani, whose resume includes Altofino, Quince and Berbacco, and designer Yan Wong. The wine list is heavily geared towards Italy, while the snack menu includes canned fish, salumi, and entrees such as Calabrian croston anchovies (anchovies, cream burrata, piquillo peppers, and pesto genovese on toasted country bread).

But the menu’s real star is the Pinsa, a Roman-style pizza with a light, crisp crust made with dough that’s fermented for 72 hours. Pinsa options include mortazzas (mortadella di Bologna IGP, stracciatella di burrata, Parmesan, and roasted pistachios) and amatriceana (tomatoes, gilali, smoked Pecorino crema, black pepper, and Calabrian chili). Publicity is open at 950 E. 3rd Street, Tuesday through Thursday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Comments in the news

In this week The New York Times, California critic Tegal Rao raises her hat to Wes Avila, former Guerilla Tacos chef now “breaking into chapter three” at Angry Egret Dinette. The mostly positive review, which includes glowing shouts of Avila’s Baja’s fish tacos, highlights “a distinct Los Angeles delicacy: high-quality ingredients to eat, handled with care, but served without any pretenses associated with it.” Read the review.

Meanwhile the previous Los Angeles Magazine Restaurant critic and food writer/author Patrick Koh has a new gig. After years of running the show at The Arthur J in Manhattan Beach, he now joins the team at the famous Cassell’s Hamburgers in Koreatown. Congratulations, Patrick.

About Those $21 Smoothies

Los Angeles Times Reporter Lucas Kwan Peterson took on the task of trying all 20 of the juices on the Erewhon menu (apparently he ordered 11 of them during one visit). According to Peterson, results included a $17 Helly Pepper smoothie from Strawberry Glaze made with Harry’s Berries; The $21 strawberry probiotic number wasn’t good, either. Here are his opinions on a whole bunch of juices.

New openings, menus, and popups are everywhere

  • Mexican pop-up and Jewish Malian, who is a regular at Silver Lakes Melody Wine Bar, is coming to Venice for the first time. Chefs Elizabeth Heitner and Nestor Silva fished out at Dudley Market for a few nights this month (July 15, 20 and 21), where they will create a menu featuring the fish caught by Dudley’s team.
  • Cobi’s, a bustling and beautiful Southeast Asian spot on Main St. In Santa Monica, they serve brunch. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy new dishes like duckweed and Hainan rice, as well as classics like beef brisket.
  • Fred and Nisha Hobson are bringing their LA pop-up barbecue to Venice’s Hangout Townhouse this Sunday at 4 p.m., the first of a series of pop-ups at the beach bar this summer and fall.
  • The popular Barcelona Bar Two Shmax (#11 on the list of the best bars in the world) appeared at DTLA’s Broken Shaker this Sunday from 7 pm to 11 pm, and the bar will serve a “Five Star Dime Bar” menu of cocktails featuring Fords Gin, including In it Schmuck 2020 (a martini and a shot of beer).
  • The Rising Sun House is a New Orleans-inspired breakfast window serving shrimp and grits, fried chicken breasts, sugar-coated beignets, sweet tea, and the like in the Arts District. Stop by Wednesday through Sunday (opening hours vary).

  • You are Can Put an egg on it – if “it” is a window burger. A cheeseburger with an egg on top is just one option on the new breakfast menu in the original Venice location on Rose Avenue. It is served from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. There’s also a breakfast sandwich, steak and egg burrito. The full list is below.

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