Food & Wine Best New Chef 1990 Nancy Silverton gives an insider guide to Los Angeles, from the best brunch spots to the top bars.

By Kate Krader
Updated April 18, 2016

On Los Angeles

What I love about Los Angeles is the weather, but it also has the best, most diverse ethnic restaurants in the country. My restaurants are Italian: Osteria Mozza (6602 Melrose Ave.; 323-297-0100 or and Pizzeria Mozza (641 N. Highland Ave.; 323-297-0101 or

Favorite Cultural Activity

Can I say eating? The farmer’s markets in Santa Monica and Hollywood are terrific year-round. I also love going to the movies at the Arclight Cinema, a high-end theater that has lots of festivals and independent films (6360 W Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, California,; 323-464-4226 or

Favorite Brunch Spot

Brunch tends to be a hectic meal at a loud, busy place, and Jar is much more civilized than that. It’s not a place where someone slings eggs and hash-instead someone makes you a great omelette and pot roast hash (8225 Beverly Blvd.; 323-655-6566 or

Favorite Nightlife Spot

If I get out of work before midnight, I go to the Hungry Cat, which is open really late—the Pug Burger, with bacon, avocado and blue cheese, is excellent (1535 North Vine St. Hollywood, California; 323-462-2155 or I also go there for brunch—it’s across the street from the Arclight Cinema.

Restaurant Recommendations

AOC. I love the strong, vibrant Mediterranean flavors. The small-plates menu means you can go with a few people and taste a bunch of things (8022 W. Third St.; 323-653-6359 or

Angelini an authentic neighborhood Italian trattoria where the food is really cooked by Italians (7313 Beverly Blvd.; 323-297-0070 or

Cut, when I’m in the mood for special-occasion meat and potatoes (Beverly Wilshire, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310-276-8500 or

Lucques (8474 Melrose Ave.; 323-655-6277 or The Cal-Med food is so tasty and the menu is purposefully pared down so you don’t have a million choices. And it’s dependable: you always know you’ll get high quality, seasonal and prepared with care.

Melisse is fantastic—it’s more of a fine dining experience than these other restaurants (1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-395-0881 or