To celebrate 15 years of Los Feliz’s cozy Italian haunt, Little Dom’s will kick off a weeklong celebration starting on Monday, Jan. 16, where co-owner and executive chef Brandon Boudet will offer a one-night-only $15 Monday Night Supper (typically offered at $25), a three-course meal featuring a green salad, beef braciole with Parmesan polenta, and a warm chocolate cake with caramel and creme fraiche whipped cream. A bottle of House Wine will be available for $25.
“Los Feliz is a unique community and an eclectic neighborhood,” Boudet, who also expanded with Little Dom’s Seafood in Carpinteria, tells L.A. Weekly. “You’ve got people walking over who live in multimillion dollar homes and young singles living in apartments. Over the years, we’ve seen a 6-year-old come in for a family meal with his parents, and now he comes in on a date eating spaghetti with meatballs and a bottle of wine.”
A Louisiana native who has lived on the east side for most of his time in L.A., Boudet took over the former La Belle Epoque space at the same time he and partner Warner Ebbink were running the legendary Dominick’s in Beverly Hills, which closed after 67 years in 2015. Most recently Boudet had to shut down his beloved 101 Coffee Shop after 20 years, immortalized in the film Swingers, a victim of the pandemic.
“Little Dom’s was stellar throughout the pandemic,” says Boudet, who lives part-time in Ojai. “Italian food is a life saver, since it travels well and is comforting. We also set up a little market and were able to hold on to most of our staff. The support from the community was overwhelming.”
During dinner service from Tuesday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 22, Little Dom’s will offer a selection of its most popular cocktail and dish specials from the past 15 years. There will be different selections every night including each night, guests can expect a varying selection of dishes including San Daniele prosciutto, herbed baked ricotta with roasted peppers and crostini, hamachi crudo with black winter truffle, and Meyer lemon, grilled chicken meatballs, ricotta gnocchi with chanterelle mushrooms, Tuscan kale and porcini cream. Also on the menu is a mustard green lasagnette with alligator and wild boar Bolognese, a definitive dish that blends Boudet’s Italian and Louisiana heritage.
Sweet and savory dessert specials from longtime pastry chef Ann Kirk include a gelato sundae, zeppole with red sauce and torta Della Nonna.
“The Monday night supper has always been a solid staple for us, throughout the years,” says Boudet. “We went back and dug up the old Dominick’s menu recipe from 2004 and other blasts from the past. There is such a thing as New Orleans Italian that’s a mix of fried food and red gravy, which is what I grew up on. That’s why Little Dom’s has a little bit more of a New Orleans influence — the adventurous Los Feliz neighborhood embraced it right from the start. Yes, you have to have spaghetti and meatballs, but I know they’ll try the New Orleans flare of an alligator and wild boar lasagne.”
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