“It might seem slightly premature to proclaim that Downtown L.A.'s restaurant revival has finally found its pièce de résistance with this expansive Italian commissary and gourmet market, but we're willing to take that chance. Taking up the entire corner block of Seventh Street and Grand Avenue, this sprawling space of glassed-in gorgeousness awash in white is both a restaurant and a market, a bakery and a bar, a worthy dining destination and a welcoming escape from the outside grit and grime. Open all day (starting at 6:30am), the gourmet shop and bakery is where you can get a fresh cup of Lamill coffee along with homemade macaroons and other to-go delicacies. The gold table at the center of the room near the enormous exhibition kitchen is where you'll be greeted before being seated at one of the countless booths or tables that look out onto the city or the rear pizza kitchen. (Again, open for all to see.) There, you'll peruse the long menu that ranges from pastas, pizzas and salads to entrees like pork chops with apple sauce, halibut steamed in parchment paper and sides like the must-try portobello fries. It's all quite something to behold (especially at night) and exciting to know that even though you'll feels worlds away, you're actually in the middle of Downtown L.A.”

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