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Authentic Italian Food in LA area

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Eatalian
restaurant review

This past weekend I headed over to Gardena with some friends from out of town.  I had heard about this place from a friend before, but never had a chance to go.
I HEART ITALY! The pizza in Italy was so different from anything I'd ever had in America, so crispy and thin, you order 1 per person!
So imagine my delight when I got here and they looked so authentic!

The restaurant is very industrious looking. I think they took and old warehouse and made a restaurant out of it. They have an espresso machine and a gelato bar...

They bread they serve is nothing spectacular, but...

We first ordered a Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli in a Butter Sage sauce.
SO SIMPLE, yet so delicious.
The family we stayed with while in Italy actually made this for us.
They just boiled the pasta then tossed it in a pan that had melted butter and sage leaves.
YUMMY.
$12

PIZZA! Yes, it tastes just like Italy! The size is small, so I think you could definitely eat this by yourself. We jus…

Neapolitan Cake Pops - Heart Shapes & Butterflies

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Hi! Be prepared.. this is a long one. I did this for a BIG GROUP, so it took me 3 days. Not 3 WHOLE days, but now that I'm back at work, I only have time at night. So, three nights. I made Neapolitan cake pops, in various forms & colors.




So! For the instructions, here goes!

Day One - Baking the Cakes
On the first night, I baked 3 cakes. (Vanilla, Strawberry, & Chocolate) for a Neapolitan flavor.
Usually a box of mix makes about 30-40 pops. I wanted to make about 75, so I thought "Why not just make 120?" so three cakes.

I use box mix, because this is already enough work in itself without making the cake too. Besides, I love Betty Crocker mix because it has pudding in it, and it makes it oh so moist.
Just bake all according to directions. Make sure you have all the ingredients at home (eggs, oil, butter) - I had to run to the store 2 times in between. UGH! After baking, crumble into crumbs:
The holes were just to check if they were done. Just stick a chopstick in…

Haagen Daz Caramel Cone ice cream...

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Random post. This is so good guys! Buy it. It's vanilla with bit's of chocolate covered caramel waffle cone mixed in. What!? yes. it is.


Beignets and Snowball @ Jazz Kitchen Express

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Jazz Kitchen Express  Today, I stopped by Downtown Disney during lunch to buy some tickets.
It was around 94 degrees today, so I stopped by Jazz Kitchen Express to try out their New Orleans style Snowballs and Beignets.

The snowball is basically like a SnoCone: shaved ice with flavored syrup. I wish I got a prettier one for the picture. I got the coconut flavor, so it's white. It was really refreshing on this scorching hot day. Not too syrupy, and I liked the texture of the ice too. $2.99
Beignets! These are like a donut. They are freshly fried and served to order. The minimum you can get is 4 for $4.99. They are about 2in X 2in. They come in a white paper bag and are sitting on a bed of powdered sugar. Eat this OUTSIDE or at a table, it will get all over your clothes and car. I guess you are supposed to shake the bag. When I got them they were hot and delish!!! I took a bite, and YUMMMMMMYY!! dip back into sugar and another bite! and another! and another! Where'd it all go!? …

Caffe Concerto Macarons & Cupcakes

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Do you want macarons?!! then come here... my goodness there are a lot! I walked in here and RAN to the back of the store. My heart quickened.. HEAVEN!!!! AHHHHH They are so preeeettty!. This place is in Koreatown, LA off of Serano and 6th street. I initially saw it while at the restaurant next door, but it was closed that time. So, I made a mental note to come back. Glad I did.

They had samples!!! He said you would like some? "hmmmmmm... sure... >:D"
and then he LEFT to do something!! Not a good idea sir... I'm pretty sure I ate about $10 worth of samples in the time that he was gone. MUHAHAHAHA Why are these so beautiful to me? We decided to go upstairs cuz it was pretty hot that day. The decor is really cute. Pretty nice for groups. I don't really think it's a study place because it was quite fancy. I love their chairs! We ordered espresso, cupcakes, and more macarons. Going from left to right:
Salted caramel macaron, Olive cupcake, Vanilla macaron, Strawb…