Keeping it real….

9 Dec

I know it’s been a few weeks since I last posted, but let me explain my absence. It’s not from a lack of food adventures – far from it!  This little piggy has chowed down on great dumplings, fancy pants Japanese, delicious Mexican and the list goes on.

But come dinner time, when Sam and I are out and waiting for our food with excitement, what happens tends to go a little something like this:

Joels: I’m so hungry.

Sam: Me too.

Joels: Must remember to take photos for my blog.

Sam: Yes you must.

Waiting.  Waiting.  Waiting.  Then….FOOD ARRIVES!!!

Joels:  Yay!

Lots of clapping.  Happy tummy dancing.  Eating.  Mmmmming.  Ahhhing. Then….

Sam:  You forgot to take photos!

Joels:  Ah crap!

And that’s generally how it goes!  When I’m hungry (which is often) everything goes into neanderthal-shut-down-mode.  I’m not thinking about anything else other than: “Must get food”.  And then when the food arrives, this quickly switches to: “Must eat food”.  Yes I’m pretty simple.  Feed me and I’m happy.

So not an excuse for not posting, just an explanation.  I will get better!

And recently, I experienced a rare moment where I was able to restrain the little piggy inside me from hoeing straight into her food, and was able to take some photos.  Hurrah!

Which brings me to this week’s post about keeping it real… an Italian gem of a restaurant called Little Dom’s.

This was our second visit to Little Dom’s (located in Los Feliz), a no fuss restaurant that dishes up flavoursome, rustic food – where hot bread is served in little white paper bags and where the pasta is just like Nonna made it.

For starters, Sam and I chose to share the Wood Oven Roasted Littleneck Clams with Garlic Oregano Butter & Grilled Ciabata.  Having never had a clam before and only being a very recent convert to mussels, ordering this was a “living on the edge” moment.

Wood Oven Roasted Littleneck Clams w/Garlic Oregano Butter & Grilled Ciabatta, 15

The shells were super hot to touch thanks to their wood oven treatment, and if I am being honest, the fact that they were scolding hot is the only reason that I paused to take photos. (Actually, if I am being 100% truthful, I was already totally in “must eat food” mode, grabbed a clam shell, went “ow, ow, ow, hot!”, put it back and then while I was impatiently waiting for them to cool down, a little light bulb went off “oooh photos!”).

The clams were good – fleshy and bigger than I expected.  And the garlic oregano butter was to die for.  My only criticism is not of the dish, but of the species itself. I think.  I don’t believe it was the preparation, but I may be wrong, but the texture of the clam was kind of chewy.  And unlike a mussel, it was really hard to get the clam out of its shell.  It was attached to the shell at two points and was very hard to budge.  Not ideal when you’re a hungry piggy!

Next up though, for our mains we both ordered pasta.  I ordered the same pasta as I had three weeks earlier because it’s just so damn good and I had been dreaming about it.  The Rigatoni with House Made Sausage, Fresh English Peas & Ricotta.  De-freaking-licious.

Rigatoni w/ House Made Sausage, Fresh English Peas & Ricotta, $16

What absolutely makes this dish is the house made sausage.  Porky, bit salty, perfect.  Another thing I love is the serving size.  Just spot on.  Little Dom’s knows just how much pasta is enough pasta.  There is zero risk of feeling like you’ve just eaten a lump of lead and could explode.

Sam had the evening’s special – a knotted pasta with wild bore ragu. (And was in total rapture until he tried my rigatoni and then got a mild case of food envy).

Knotted pasta with wild bore ragu, $19

The sauce was simple and was jam-packed with very finely chopped bore.  Just look at it!  What’s not to love?

There’s a bunch of other good-looking items on the menu.  Wood oven pizzas with a variety of fresh toppings, gnocchi with kale and porcini cream and oven roasted chanterelle mushrooms to name a few.  Little Dom’s knows all about keeping it real.  Good, hearty, honest food.  Yes, please and thank you!

this little piggy xxx


One Response to “Keeping it real….”

  1. forbsey 10/12/2011 at 12:42 am #

    I was hoping to get a credit for introducing you to this totally scrumptious place… wait, guess i just did! 😉 …and where are those dumpling photos snookems? xx

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