When you have a successful restaurant, inevitably there are dishes that you can’t ever take off the menu. Such is the case with the Smoked Bucatini Carbonara at Superba Snack Bar. Chef Jason Neroni cold smokes the fresh pasta over smoldering cherry wood chips. He then cooks it until just al dente and tops it with pancetta, parmesan, a perfectly poached egg and plenty of black pepper. I’ve heard from several servers that
addicts guests line up before brunch and order it at 10:30 in the morning when the restaurant opens. Evan and I found it tasted just as good at dinner time. Original article can be found on the KCRW blog here.
Also be sure to tune into KCRW this weekend for the segment we recorded for their “Good Food” program!
Chef Jason Neroni of Superba Snack Bar in Venice Beach, CA shared a few secrets of handmade short rib ravioli with Billy. As such, Billy was made almost speechless by the final dish. Almost.
Superba Snack Bar slipped so easily into its community, and so quickly seemed inherent to its Rose Avenue neighborhood, that it felt as if it had been there all along. The small, square building, cut open at the front so that the majority of the dining room is actually a patio, sits nestled among the bungalows of Venice like the street’s festive front deck. Here’s a restaurant where the servers are more than helpful — they’re genuinely excited and knowledgeable about the food and drink. Here’s a wine list that’s quirky without being completely fad-driven, where food-friendliness comes first. And in Jason Neroni, here’s a chef who understands what’s appropriate for casual California dining, and Venice dining in particular. His small plates of veggies, charcuterie, meat dishes and handmade pastas are brimming with flavor, and ingredients are combined in ways that are unexpected without being gimmicky. Your spaghettini might come with uni, Dungeness crab, miso butter and pickled jalapeños; your heirloom pumpkin might come with a Sichuan pepper crust, pomegranate, brown butter and ricotta salata. Read the Article Here
Italian Food at Superba Snack Bar:
There are endless iterations of the Italian restaurant, from the red tablecloth joints that dot Manhattan, through Chicago’s deep dish pizza infatuation and into Beverly Hills, where Spago helped to create a new wave of Italian dining. But this is not a quintessentially Italian town the way New York is. We don’t even have a Little Italy, and plenty of places struggle to do a serviceable veal parmigiana. Thankfully, we do have Superba Snack Bar, the light and airy antidote to the saucy, red tablecloth joints back east. Nostalgic New Yorkers can fill up here with porchetta di testa (a decadent pig face sandwich), or fight for the final bite of macaroni with chorizo and mussels, in a bright space that proudly serves the weekend surf crowd. On a perfectly breezy Venice Beach day, it’s easy to forget the basement Italian spots that are always around the corner in New York. 533 Rose Ave., Los Angeles; 310-399-6400.
January 2013 issue of Los Angeles magazine included Superba Snack Bar as one of the best new restaurants of 2012! Download the clipping.