5/29/2013 03:00:00 PM

Best Thing We Ate Last Night: Aventino Meatball

We love to escape the madness that can be the Cahuenga corridor bar-hopping scene in Hollywood and instead linger on the tree-lined patio at this date-night newbie, Aventine Trattoria. You won’t find the typical meatballs and spaghetti on chef Adolfo Veronese’s menu, but you will find his signature Aventino meatball made with beef for density, veal for texture and pork for flavor. The balls are then stuffed with mozzarella, basil pesto and golden raisins, (yes, we said raisins) and served on a bed of creamy soft polenta. The recipe was passed down from Veronese's grandmother, and the polenta shaped 'boat' was a playful creation from his father. It's comfort food on another level and you won’t have to swirl any sloppy noodles with your fork and spoon. Of course, we didn’t stop there - we also ordered a flaky whole grilled branzino and a pancetta wood-fired pizza topped with crispy Brussels sprouts. If you only have time for a quick glass of wine after work, hit the alfresco bar for truffle pop-corn sprinkled with Parmesan and Italian parsley - the perfect snack.

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