LA folks are used to waiting. For groceries. For In & Out Burgers. For See’s Candy. FOREVER. So when awesome Aunt Trish and I sauntered into Primitivo Wine Bistro in Venice on a sunny Sunday afternoon, I expected to fight my way to the hostess stand. After all, the place is BANANAS on weeknights/weekends:
But instead, the clouds parted. The angels sang. And we had the entire outdoor patio to ourselves, gazing out at a plant nursery filled with bright flowers and bubbling fountains. My first thought was — what’s wrong with this picture?
I was torn between the brioche French toast and a decadent cheese, bacon and avocado chicken sandwich on soft slabs of olive-oil infused focaccia. (It’s the breakfast vs. lunch dilemma. I’m sure you’re familiar.)
I rolled the dice on lunch, and was delighted with my selection. Trish tried their interpretation of paella, highly recommended by our friendly and super fab waitress, who happened to be from Wisconsin.
We LOVED it! (She gave me a bite. What? We’re family.) The chorizo really gives the creamy, saffron-scented rice a rich kick in the pantalones. Prices were very reasonable, especially considering each generous portion was enough for two lunches. When we asked our waitress why the place wasn’t packed, she explained that brunch is relatively new, and maybe people don’t know about it yet.
A peaceful, soul-satisfying retreat in the heart of bustling Venice Beach, close to the ocean but far from the madding crowd? Great food, no waiting? Well, thanks to me, the secret is OUT. (Mwahhahhaha.) Enjoy it while it lasts.
P.S. They take reservations. Operators are standing by. Call now!