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Pizzeria Sei, owned by a Providence, Ronan and Pizzana vet, opens in Pico-Robertson

Pizzeria Sei

A pizzeria serving wood-fired pies along with salads, small dishes and homemade tiramisu is now open on the corner of Pico and Robertson Boulevards. Pizzeria Sei, by husband and wife team William Joo and Jenn So, showcases the Japanese style of Neapolitan pizza preparation, with light sauce and pressed edges creating a chewy but still fluffy crust. Classics include margherita and marinara, as well as other options — like the funghi topped with mushroom and thyme, and the bismarck topped with prosciutto and egg — with additions like anchovies, fior di latte, and arugula. This is the couple’s first restaurant and builds on Joo’s career as a chef in the kitchens of Providence, Pizzana, Ronan and Angelini Osteria. It offers delivery and takeout, as well as seating to eat at a wrap-around counter with a view of Joo making the pizzas and operating the oven. Pizzeria Sei is open from Wednesday to Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m

8781 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (424) 279-9800, pizzeriasei.com

In Pizzeria Sei, a chef operates the wood-fired pizza oven.

Chef Joo operates the wood-fired pizza oven in his new restaurant, Pizzeria Sei.

(Stephanie Breijo / Los Angeles Times)

Tuk Tuk Thai’s new home

Tuk Tuk Thai ran in Pico-Robertson for more than 20 years, but earlier this month the family-run Sawtelle spot opened with a new focus. Sisters Katy Noochla-or and Amanda Kuntee, who also run Chao Krung and Same Same Thai, have reopened Tuk Tuk Thai with a focus on Thai street food, including sour sausage, crab meatballs, curry dumplings and vegan snacks like Southeast-style fried eggplant and shredded and fried taro root. Curries, grilled entrees and fried noodles are still on offer, and beer and wine are expected to follow. Tuk Tuk Thai is currently available for takeout and delivery Monday and Wednesday to Friday from 11:30am to 9:30pm, Tuesday from 11:30am to 9:00pm, Saturday from 1:00pm to 9:30pm and Sunday from 15 Open :00 to 21:00 pm On-site dining is expected to start in early March.

1638 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles, (310) 860-1872, tuktukthailosangeles.com

A photo of a sea of ​​tented food stalls, part of the 626 Night Market in Arcadia.

A stripped down version of Arcadia’s 626 Night Market, seen here, is en route to Santa Monica.

(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

626 Night Market Mini

Arcadia’s 626 Night Market Food Festival is taking place westbound for a limited time. Over five weekends, about two dozen food stands will pop up at Santa Monica’s Lot 27, serving an array of Asian bites like bao, ramen and gyoza. The Food Festival is suitable for all ages except for the “Alcohol Garden” which is 21 and over. The 626 Night Market Mini-Series airs February 26-27 from 1pm to 10pm; March 12 and 13; March 26 and 27; April 9 and 10; and April 23 and 24.

452 Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica, 626nightmarket.com/mini

A photo of guests dining indoors at red booth booths at Casa Vega in 2019.

The multi-generational Mexican restaurant Casa Vega, featured here in 2019, has been a Valley fixture for decades.

(Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)

Casa Vegas is a classic

One of LA’s longest-standing and most influential Mexican restaurants has just received a prestigious dining award. This month, Casa Vega was honored with the James Beard Foundation’s America’s Classics Award, given annually to locally owned restaurants that are “regionally loved for quality food that reflects the character of their community.” Casa Vega — founded in 1956 by Rafael “Ray” Vega and now owned by daughter Christy Vega — helped introduce Mexican food and margaritas to the San Fernando Valley and countless Angelenos, and over the decades has garnered celebrity and generational fandom . Casa Vega was one of six restaurants named America’s Classics in 2022 and is the only honoree in California this year.

13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, (818) 788-4868, jamesbeard.org/blog/announcing-the-2022-americas-classics

Crossroads Kitchen and CB Las Vegas

Chef Tal Ronnen’s groundbreaking vegan restaurant Crossroads Kitchen is expanding to Las Vegas. The Melrose spot – one of The Times spots 101 best restaurants – is slated to open this spring at the sprawling Resorts World resort, casino, and shopping mall combination. Open for dinner only, Crossroads Las Vegas offers some of Melrose’s classics, like tagliatelle bolognese, alongside new dishes. A new fast-casual concept, CB, which stands for Crossroads Burger, will also open at Resorts World, serving homemade burgers, fries, sausage and shakes. Executive Chef Paul Zlatos will oversee the Vegas kitchens.

3000 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada, crossroadkitchen.com

A closeup of Crossroads Kitchen's Tagliatelle Bolognese against a black background.

Crossroads Kitchen’s Vegan Tagliatelle Bolognese is one of the Los Angeles dishes served at the new Las Vegas restaurant.

(Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)

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