January 26, 2005 |
Wow, talk about your matches made in culinary heaven. Cucina paradiso is coming to Los Angeles. Nancy Silverton -- pastry chef extraordinaire, founder of La Brea Bakery, the woman who single-handedly brought great bread to Los Angeles and, until this month, was co-owner of Campanile restaurant -- is joining forces with Mario Batali -- pony-tailed Molto Mario of New York's Babbo, Esca, Lupa and Otto's (among others) -- to create a new Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. Silverton is scouting locations, and Batali says he hopes the restaurant will be open "by the end of the summer" -- which may prove ridiculously optimistic.
December 22, 2012 |
One of the things that keeps me excited about what I do is that I am always learning. When I was making puff pastry not long ago, someone asked me why I made a tic-tac-toe-like slash in the process of making the dough. I had been slashing puff pastry dough, and having my chefs do it, for 30 years, or for as long as I'd been making puff pastry, and yet I had no idea why. I was thinking about this during a drive down to Pizzeria Mozza in Newport Beach. Then, just when I got out of the car, like magic, there was the renowned French baker Claude Koeberle.
September 17, 2013 |
Nancy Silverton once told me that when she and Mark Peel first opened Campanile restaurant, one night a customer beckoned her over imperiously. “What's this? What's this?,” she practically shouted. She was holding up a chicken breast - a bone-in chicken breast. It seems the woman had never encountered a bone before. In the normal course of things, that's the last thing you'd expect to find at McDonald's as well. But McDonald's has just introduced Mighty Wings - just in time for football season and with a limited run until the end of November. So I stop at my local Micky D's to see what all the fuss is about.
October 13, 2011
Los Angeles Food & Wine, a new annual festival featuring top chefs and in-demand restaurants, debuts this weekend at L.A. Live (and various locations around the city), featuring more than 100 celebrity chefs who will take part in demos, seminars, lunches, dinners and after-hours events, with tastings from more than 300 wineries. Participants include Wolfgang Puck, Sang Yoon, Nancy Silverton, Tom Colicchio and many more. Locations and times vary. Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets to events range from $50 to $2,000.
February 7, 2007
I thoroughly enjoyed S. Irene Virbila's review of Mozza ["Hot Spot? Mozza Is on Fire," Jan. 31]. We've had similar tastes in Italian cooking in L.A. going back to Alto Palato and continuing through Angelini Osteria, etc. So I was pleased to see she gave Mozza three stars. I shared lunch with a friend there last week and I have to say that Nancy Silverton is the undisputed "Queen of Dough." BILL TIERNEY Hermosa Beach
February 14, 2014 |
Have you ever tried the beets and berries at Rustic Canyon? Because the dish is kind of mind-blowing when you think about it, a mess of roasted beets and purple quinoa in a rustic pottery bowl. There are herbs scattered over the top, and a few crisply roasted pistachios, and a few chunks of buttery, ripe Reed avocado, along with a seedy smear of slightly unripe mashed berries that seems to be there more for its fragrance and acidity than for any particular flavor. There may be a hint of dairy, and I seem to remember a version of this dish with creamed horseradish, but it could probably pass as one of those vegan feel-good bowls at a place like Real Food Daily or Café Gratitude - at least until you realize that you have powered your way to the bottom without half realizing it, and that the berries are doing unspeakably wonderful things to the avocado and that this may be the first bowl of quinoa you have eaten with pleasure since the last time you went to Peru.
December 30, 1998
Once it became clear that Nancy Silverton's Caramel Ice Cream Sundae With Salty Peanut Caramel Sauce would easily make the cut for the year's best recipes, discussions of her Hot Fudge Sauce ended. But during our search this summer for the definitive hot fudge sauce for ice cream sundaes, The Times Test Kitchen had a clear favorite.
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September 21, 2012 |
Campanile, the seminal Los Angeles restaurant founded in 1989 by Mark Peel and his then-wife Nancy Silverton, is closing. Prolific restaurateur Bill Chait and critically acclaimed chef Walter Manzke sealed a deal late Wednesday night to take over the space with plans to install Manzke's envisioned bistro and bakery, Republique, in its place. The storied restaurant, with its distinctly American approach using top-quality farmers' market ingredients, helped set the tone for Los Angeles dining in the 1990s.