Location: 8801 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232. (424) 570-4444
Date: November 10, 2021 and June 10, 2022
Cuisine: Italian Wood-fire grill
Rating: Tasty, hearty
On 11/10/22 we brought an all Italian slate of mostly old Baroli, plus this bonus white of mine.
2015 Azienda Agricola Valentini Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. AG 93+. Good bright yellow. The pure, complex nose suggests lime, yellow apple and botanical herbs. Then very precise, intense and penetrating, if still youthfully unevolved, conveying a powerful, three-dimensional impression of extract and a deep, textured, multilayered mouthfeel. The wine closes very long and juicy, with herbal and saline elements that titillate the taste buds. Another outstanding wine from Valentini, who never misses a beat with his Trebbiano d’Abruzzo.
Meatballs. Sunday sauce, fire-wilted kale, herbed yogurt, grilled bread. A bit of heat.
Roasted eggplant. Tahini ricotta, buttered hazelnuts, Calabrian chie, herb salad. Pretty darn spicy actually.
Bubbling shrimp. Ginger, chiltepin chile, mint.
Wild Mushroom Pizza. Goat cheese, black truffle raclette. Excellent except for the truffle oil.
Fire Pizza. Sausage, giardiniera, chile de arbol. Spicy sausage basically.
Cacio e pepe agnolotti. Pecorino, black pepper.
Lumache. Sun gold pomodoro, basil, olive oil.
Casarecce bolognese. Parmesan fondue.
Spaghettone. Uni, lemon, black pepper.
Orecchiette. Crispy sausage, cavolo nero, tomato jus, fennel pollon. Lots of hearty flavor. Some spice.
Etta was good. Hearty and perhaps just as much American as it is Italian — maybe more than 50% — but it is pretty tasty. The space is large, loud, and attractive. Service was pretty good. Very friendly for sure, although I had to go “grab” some glasses because I’m impatient.
Our wines on this Barolo night (the second visit was more casual) were really awesome. Old Borgogno rocks!