Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Westwood: Pomodoro Trattoria

Last Friday evening, I met up with some old friends (and hometown neighbors).  James is starting his freshman year at UCLA, so I joined him, his brother and mom, and three other family friends for dinner at Pomodoro Trattoria on Westwood Blvd.  Pomodoro is very small, somewhat cramped, and very busy - there were multiple groups waiting outside for the entire ~1.5 hrs that we were there.  Reservations definitely recommended!

To start, warm ciabatta bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  According to Yelp, the gnocchi here is very good, and now I have to say I agree: the gnocchi are tender, sauces are flavorful without being overpowering, and portions are generous.  My dish was the "gnocchi alla paesana" with grilled eggplant, basil, garlic and mozzarella:

James had a "gnocchi caprino" with goat cheese and sun-dried tomato in a cream sauce.  Very rich:

Other plates included the linguine alle vongole, i.e. linguine with clams in white wine sauce:

Scaloppine al marsala, i.e., veal with shallots and mushrooms in wine sauce: