While looking through some old pictures, I came across these images from a meal I had a few months back at Milo & Olive in Santa Monica. I've been here for lunch a few times and it is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat with some girlfriends. Though primarily known for their pizza, Milo & Olive offers a variety of other items on their menu as well. Personally, I don't eat red meat, so whenever I see chicken or turkey substitutes I get really excited. I ordered the spaghetti, which comes with meatballs made of free range chicken and parmesan. Often times I skip dessert; however, since Milo & Olive is a bakery, I decided to indulge in a sweet little treat. The apple tart is absolutely amazing - the outside is crisp and crunchy, and the inside is fluffy and soft. The apples in the inside are so refreshing, sweet and cinnamon-y. Since the pastry comes warmed, the vanilla ice cream melts perfectly on top. Absolutely delicious!
One unique feature about this place is their communal seating. It can be kinda awkward sitting at the same table as strangers, but once in awhile you might encounter some cool, new people. This restaurant is tiny, so there are a lot of people jam-packed in a small space.
Other items I recommend:
Garlic knots (loaded with olive oil & sea salt!)
Mixed mushroom pizza (fontina, val d'aosta, thyme, lemon zest, parmigiano reggiano)
Pizza w/ roasted potato (scalloped potato with rosemary cream, parmigiano reggiano)
Fresh squeezed lemonade (so refreshing!)
I would definitely suggest this place for anyone who is looking for an untraditional (but high quality) spin on pizzas and pastas. It's best to make reservations; there is limited seating and it gets crowded pretty easily. Also give yourself some extra time to find parking on Wilshire. (I suck at parking. It takes me like thirty minutes, seriously.)
2723 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403