Last week, while deciding to grab some comestibles to picnic at North Campus at UCLA (amongst the serenity in the sculpture garden), we were intending to head to Posh Cafe for some of their quiche and panini’s but made a detour across the street to what appears to be a new Italian/Mediterranean bakery marketplace, La Puglia.
It’s a bakery cum marketplace cum restaurant.
They offer fresh baked Italian bread (full and half loaves), various provisions for sale geared towards the hoity-toity Whole Foods/Gelson crowd (think organic EVOO, tuna conserve from Italy, organic and non-GMO pasta sauces), and a decent menu of pizzas and pastas.
We picked up a half loaf of Puccia, some pureed fava beans, a calzone, and some roasted vegetables.
The Puccia was really the standout. It had a nice crusty exterior, and a very chewy bite to it. (They should really make a sandwich out of this bread). It paired perfectly with the fava beans. The calzone was good, but not memorable. Roasted vegetables we all felt was a bit oily.
We actually went back to pick up some more of the Puccia. It was that enjoyable.
1621 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA