I can still taste the pine nuts and lemon vinaigrette from the spinach salad with feta cheese, tomatoes and olives. I can still feel the slight slick of grease from the chunks of lamb sausage on the artisanal thin-crust pizza with confit tomato, rapini, pecorino, and asiago. And if I close my eyes, I can still detect a hint of the truffle oil that caressed the small plate of crispy fingerling potatoes. It doesn't matter that I had to park several blocks north of Gjelina on Abbot Kinney and had to walk in LA. It doesn't matter that I've been denied reservations at the popular Venice restaurant multiple times (consider it the P Mozza of the Westside). And it doesn't matter that a request for salt is occasionally met with a frown. The thoughtful pizzas with toppings like beet greens and caramelized fennel, fresh salads, and variety of small and large plates dull any pain that (may) result from eating at Gjelina. I may never brush my teeth again.
Pros: Gourmet thin crust pizzas, fun scene, charming patio
Cons: Hard to make a reservation, parking a challenge