These guys just keep on cooking. Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the team behind Animal, Son of a Gun, Trois Mec and Petit Trois, all very well-respected restaurants not far from Hancock Park, opened a pizza joint in April on Fairfax: aptly named Jon & Vinny’s at 412 N. Fairfax Ave.
Jon & Vinny’s recently won attention from food critic Jonathon Gold who called it a “New Jersey pizza joint” with “piled-up pizza box decor” tucked into a tight space with modern booths and a long clean counter. Gold also raves about the hidden treasure in the back of the pizza joint: “a tiny glassed-in boutique of a wine shop” curated by Helen Johannesen that, according to Gold, contains many hard-to-find gems from the wine world. The small restaurant and its catering establishment next door sit across the street from Canter’s Deli, just north of Beverly Blvd on Fairfax.
Jon & Vinny’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In his review (below on SoundCloud) Jonathon Gold speaks to the cornmeal-fried spring onions, a notable dish that features breaded fried scallions sitting atop a smear of chili aioli. Dishes change regularly given the fresh seasonal vegetables at hand. Jon & Vinny’s seats only 45 total and is already very popular. You may only be able to grab a seat at odd hours, or plan ahead and call for a reservation a few nights forward at least.
The pizza? Very thin and crisp crust sprinkled with things like mustard flowers or housemaid chorizo. Pastas are reputed to be filling and savory, and the desserts include some fancy bread puddings and cheesecakes, but also a soft serve ice cream made from Strauss Family Creamery Milk that Gold calls the ‘best thing on the dessert menu.’Jon & Vinny’s 412 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA (323) 334-3369
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