ALDO LANZILLOTTA

WORDS FROM THE OUR FRI DESK:

No baton passes here. Aldo is a dear old friend & one of those people that have inspired me to build OUR FRI. You will have a friend like him if you're lucky. He's that person you always check in with before heading to Paris or New York to bleed dry their recommendations for food & drink. He's that friend I get whatsapp messages from which are loaded up with recommended listens. I trust his opinions blindly.

I was in L.A. earlier in November and snapped the main feature shot of him and our collective herd. While we sat drinking on the beach together (life in L.A. ughhh) he showed me several messages from friends travelling who, like I, had solicited his razor sharp words on where to dine. This list is just the tip of a colossal iceberg. Aside from being a very successful chef and restaurateur, he's wildly creative and a real Faith Popcorn style visionary. Enjoy this stellar selection...

WORDS FROM ALDO'S DESK:

I was born in Canada to Southern Italian parents, with roots in Latin America. From as far back as I can recall food has been a part of my life.  I have stowed away some great food and drink memories; some feature my dad giving us sips from his Stubby Beer bottle (I’m dating myself) while others involve poking the eye of a boiled cow’s head. I grew up in a home where the kitchen was like the community centre, all the action seemed to be there and it’s where, year by year my family, especially my mother, passed to me their culinary passion and skill.

I’ve been super lucky that knowledge has been passed down to me while simply living our brand of life. Food is tied into my fabric and I am ardent about living life well; food, wine and all the moving parts that make life sweet. I might also be a fanatic for the right lighting. I’ve spent my entire life in a kitchen in one form or another, from the Michelin starred to the naked flames of the great outdoors. For me the greatest passion is for exploring the novel, the healthy and the authentic. I’m constantly on the hunt for fresh ideas.

In 2011, with a lot of help and support I was able to open up our concept restaurant in Toronto, WVRST. There we are driving innovation with a fairly focused concept. It’s been fun and I’m always taken aback by its success. As a part of our concept we are focused on craft beers and now, we have recently launched Communal Merchants Imports, which specializes in importing fine ciders from California, Estonia, France and the UK and finding them new homes for cherry picked establishments across Ontario, Canada.

See Aldo in his Television Series called “Compete to Eat

& on Chef/Host Tom Colicchio’s TV Series “Best New Restaurant” - Executive Produced by Gordon Ramsay on the BRAVO Network.

aldolanzillotta@gmail.com

http://www.wvrst.com/ 


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FOOD

Recipes or restaurants...

Your FRI: SQIRL

720 N Virgil Ave 4, Los Angeles

My go to for breakfast or lunch.  Known for their Brioche with Ricotta and Jam.

Website: http://sqirlla.com


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Your FRI: BAROO

5706 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles

Simple yet complicated, smart, healthy, clean food for lunch. In the next few months or so this place will BLOW UP.

Website: http://baroola.strikingly.com/


Your FRI: POK POK

978 North Broadway, Los Angeles

The best technically made Thai food in LA.

Website: http://pokpokla.com/


Your FRI: KAZUNORI SUSHI

(So good) Sugar Fish's little brother restaurant.

Website: http://www.kazunorisushi.com/


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Your FRI: PETIT TROIS

718 Highland Avenue, Los Angeles

Hipster fine french food in a small setting - maybe 18 seats...maybe.

Website: http://petittrois.com/


Your FRI: BACKYARD BOWLS

Several locations in LA

Healthy lunch or snack.

Website: http://www.backyardbowls.com/#about


DRINK

Beverage, barista or bar stool...

Your FRI: VERVE COFFEE

8051 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles.

Becoming a favourite, i just feel it might be a little too over designed, but thats my opinion, other than that the coffee is great.

Website: https://www.vervecoffee.com/

Others worth a mention...

Ace Hotel Rooftop PatioEverson Royce BarSunset Tower - BarRoger Room - BarPour Vous - Bar, Helen's Wine ShopDomaine LA Wines,  K&L booze shop

 


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DO

Where to go, what to see & do...

Your FRI: LA BREA DISTRICT - HOLLYWOOD

Website: http://districtlabrea.com/home/blog/

Others worth a mention...

Bronson's Canyon Hike, Getty Museum & Getty Villa, Pirates Cove Beach - Zuma, Ojai California - Best place of earth!
 


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SHOP

Online or offline...

Your FRI: WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

159 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles

Vintage Designer Clothing.

Website: http://www.whatgoesaroundnyc.com/

Others worth a mention...

Steven Alan - Casual well made mens clothing with some ladies items too, and housewares.

Three Locations in LA - Venice, Hollywood, Los Feliz

Saturday - Men's, Undefeated, Bonobo - Men's


LISTEN

Podcasts to popstars...

Your FRI: JOHN COALTRANE - THE GENTLE SIDE OF JOHN COALTRANE

Listen!

Others worth a mention...

Beach House - Depression Cherry
Beck - Morning Phase (VERY CALI, I listen to this on my morning hikes)
Cannonball Adderley Quintet - Country Preacher
Drake - Take Care
Digable Planets - Blowout Comb
Kamasi Washington - The Epic
Chance the Rapper - Blessings
Washed Out - Within and Without / Life of Leisure
Dur-Dur Band - Dooyo
Solange - Cranes in the Sky

All of Aldo's choices will be on the OURFRI Spotify Playlist. Check it out!


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TRAVEL

Staycation, vacation or relocation...

Your FRI: SUNSET MARQUIS

1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood

Visit!

Others worth a mention...

The Line Hotel (this hotel group is opening TWO more in downtown LA - one as the Line and the other as the Nomad). There are a lot of new hotel opening very soon in the city, exciting!

Sunset Marquis, ACE Downtown, Bel-Air


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HEALTH & BEAUTY

Treatments & tonics, tried & tested...

Your FRI: OJAI VALLEY INN & SPA

905 Country Club Road, Ojai, CA

Hour outside LA.

Website: https://www.ojairesort.com/

Others worth a mention...

TomokoPeninsula Hotel Beverly Hills, Sunset Marquis Hotel West Hollywood


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