When the Rose Cafe opened in 1979, there was no reason to go to Venice to eat. It was arguably ground zero, however, for what would eventually become one of the hippest and award-winning dining destinations in the country.
Seven years ago and 3 million meals later, chef Jason Neroni, formerly of nearby Superba, took over The Rose Venice and developed it into a sprawling space that includes indoor and outdoor dining with a beer garden, a full market and bakery, Verve Coffee bar, 40-foot cocktail bar and a romantic dining room bathed in candlelight.
Still ground zero for some of the best dining in Los Angeles featuring ever evolving menus, Neroni is celebrating seven years of The Rose with a filling $77 seven-course tasting menu and additional carefully curated wine pairings reflecting the popular restaurant’s history through the month of November.
The dinner experience, served on a dramatic series of Nicole Pilar ceramics, kicks off with hearth-baked focaccia and porcini marmalade for the table. Next comes a delicate spire of yellowtail, Santa Barbara uni, Iberico jamon in smoked olive oil and buddha’s hand vinaigrette followed by roasted bosc pears with Puglian burrata, lemon thyme and avocado honey and then crispy Brussels sprouts in a curried dashi broth.
Neroni’s famous cacio e pepe also makes an appearance in the lineup, a dish that became so popular they took it off the menu because diners weren’t ordering anything else (it’s still on the secret menu). The stars of the experience are an exquisite ora king salmon with creamy beans, cippolini onions and tomato confit and a duck duo of crispy breast and confit leg with sunchoke mole, onion jam and grapefruit.
The Rose’s signature s’mores with ganache, bruleed marshmallow and graham cracker crumble are for dessert.
Neroni has taken over the nearby former short-lived A-Frame in Culver City, which opens soon. The restaurant has been beautifully redesigned and will feature rotisserie fare and Tokyo-style pizza, paying homage to the building’s original I-Hop space and photography celebrating the local neighborhood with Neroni’s devotion to local artists.
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