It’s pretty obvious I’m a fan of good food.  I understand and appreciate what it takes to prepare amazing gourmet meals with obscure and special ingredients, and I don’t mind paying for meals like that every once in a while. But to be honest?  I’d rather spend that money on the more precious and longer-lasting things in life.  Like shoes.  Or, if you’re reading Mom, books.  So when I find a gem with excellent food at reasonable prices, I’m all over that like red on a Louboutin.

I’d driven past Delancey about a hundred times on my way through Hollywood, as I’m sure a lot of you Angelenos have.  Tucked away on Sunset between the Silver Lake hub and the Hollywood bar scene, it’s advertised as an Italian cafe/pizzeria… But don’t be fooled.  There is some seriously scrumptious Italian cooking going on here. And it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

First of all, there are 18 fabulous pizzas to choose from, with toppings like mozzarella and meatballs, or wild mushrooms with truffle butter and a fried egg.  And if you’re asking me, the only thing better than pizza is pizza with a fried egg on it.  (Deep fry that fried egg, and I’ll marry you.)

We decided to do sharezies so we could try a bunch of things, and after some suggestions from our lovely waiter, we went with the following:

– heavenly, juicy beef/pork/ricotta meatballs with arrabiata sauce and grilled bread for dipping

– bruschetta with dates, prosciutto, goat cheese, and a sweet and syrupy balsamic drizzle

– even more bruschetta, this time topped with smoky roasted tomatoes and ricotta salata

– papardelle with pork “sugo” (kind of like a pork bolognese, creamy tomato zesty deliciousness), chili, and fennel

– penne with a vodka tomato cream sauce and thick sliced Italian sausage

– and, because it was on the menu and I am me, spaghetti carbonara, loaded with thick chunks of bacon, tons of parmesan cheese, and a douse of black pepper

Everything. Was. Perfect.

And bonus?  Each generous portion was $14 or less.  Worth every penny, friends.

How is this place not packed to the rafters with a line up around the block?!  How am I not there right now, eating that pork sugo with a vengeance?!



Matty and I get ready to chow down
Penne alla vodka of my dreams
Pork Sugo Papardelle. OMG!
Mouth meats meatballs
Spaghetti carbonara, I love you.
The menu

37 Comments Add yours

  1. Buckarooholiday says:

    Strawberry flashbacks..

  2. Miroslav says:

    This text opens my appetite.Thank you wonderful blog.Now I am hungry.Pictures are wonderful.So as you.Keep on blogging.

  3. Ruth says:

    I can’t believe the prices! Living in DC has put a major damper on my going out since most places here are crazy expensive. I’d love to find somewhere like that.

  4. I am so tickled with your blog.

    In part because I love to live vicariously through your well-described eating experiences.

    But, in large part because my son will be moving out there in September to try to make his way into electrics for some film/video/entertainment company. However, at the beginning he will be living…let’s go with frugally. To have a list of yummy, but reasonable restaurants for him to have for the odd treat out will be a definite Good Thing To Have.

  5. Susie says:

    Good lord that looks tasty. You’re a bad influence!

  6. Makes me want to jump on a plane and come right on out!

  7. Shannon says:

    I have never had this much fun reading about food! You have so much talent. But wait…no wine?

  8. Christopher Pyne says:

    Surely you mean “meets meatball”. 🙂

  9. Eric Strife says:

    I’ll be visiting a friend who lives in LA a few weeks from now…guess where we’re going for dinner my first night there!

  10. Lara Morgan says:

    Fabulous, god I love sugo almost as much as carbonara. Wish the prices in Aust were as cheap! Main courses here go for around twice that.

    Love also that you’re blogging about food and not pretending to be one of those virutuous types who exist on a diet of vitamin water and steamed fish. Life is way too short for that. Stay shiny.

  11. ScottMGS says:

    You went to an Italian restaurant wearing white?!?

  12. thehammerismypenis says:

    “Ever say to yourself, Man, I sure would love to see a pic of Jewel eating a meatball.”

    I’ll be in my bunk.

  13. Phillip says:

    The pictures are great! Fried egg on pizza is something I’ve never tried but now I’m tempted. Very cool blog, keep it up! (BTW: huge fan of you in Firefly)

  14. Murk Loar says:

    I don’t think half these places realize what an outstanding service you’re providing them. However,if I ever did own a eatery of my own there would be a sign out the front that says ‘Jewel Staite eats here for free,forever.’Because I mean seriously,your Jewel Staite,how can anybody not immediately gush over you ~~

  15. fojoy says:

    That looks delicious!
    There is also a great Italian place in Venice Beach called C&O Trattoria. They have the best garlic bread knots, and you can eat as much of them as you are able to stuff down. So good…

  16. Hi Jewel. Fantastic blog post. The pictures tie it all together in a pretty bow. 🙂 Tell me… how do you stay trim with all the delicious goodness?

  17. Michael T says:

    Ok, it’s not a strawberry but … 🙂

  18. Thomas says:


    I have enjoyed reading your food blog for some time now. As I read the dish descriptions in this post I immediately got hungry. And then I saw the pictures (adding pictures to your blog was one of the best ideas of this millennium)… The food looks fantastic!!! I scrolled down picture by picture and every time it was like Homer Simpson: “Hmmmmmmmm, (insert name of amazingly delicious dish)”.

    Please excuse my bad grammar. And keep writing about nice food. 🙂

    Thomas (Germany)

    P.S.: Next time we meet I will bring the picture of you and the meatballs to sign. So be prepared.

  19. wagdog says:

    +1 pictures

    Cheese + bacon + carbs – what’s not to love?

  20. John says:

    Wow, that looks incredible! Thanks for including more pictures.
    No dessert this time?

  21. mm looks delicious. The penne with vodka sauce sounds amazing

  22. beingzhenya says:

    Now I know where to go if I am ever in Cali! Thanks!

  23. Leslie says:

    Excellent post!
    @Ruth I live in DC as well. Do you get livingsocialdeals? Also, try Tomate in Dupont Circle! Prices are totally reasonable and the food is excellent!

  24. Eridani says:

    Wow, amazing food for a great price. Do want!

  25. Mandie says:

    Man I wish I lived where you do, you have all the great restaurants. We have exactly one five-star within 100 miles of Denver and it’s actually not that great although the service is spectacular. We did have an awesome Mongolian BBQ that just closed (to my great distress) and I’ve been to a fairly nice Italian place somewhere in Denver proper that was obscenely priced… but I just get jealous every time I read of your adventures. And hungry. I JUST ate.

    Loving the photo with the meat ball.

  26. Stacey says:

    Great review of what looks like an awesome dinner! Did you know that one half of the couple who owns Delancey has a great food blog, I’ve been reading her site for awhile now and she’s got some great recipes, as well as photos of the restaurant as it was being renovated for use.

  27. Stacey says:

    Oops, totally not the same Delancey. Oh well – what are the odds???

  28. slamaina says:

    I can’t wait to get back to LA to eat at the restaurants you are blogging about. I don’t often go to Italian restaurants because being Italian I cook it all the time. It’s not that I get sick of eating it, it just seems that too many of them taste like a jar a Ragu pored over box pasta. Food is not worth eating if it is not yummy. I want to know that every extra pound that I have was cause by a delicious experience, not a Happy Meal.


  29. wegotableeder says:

    Jewel, you need to have your own show on the Travel Channel, you would be great!

  30. JavaChick says:

    That all looks great! I do love vodka sauce. 🙂

  31. Discovered this blog while reading your recent post on blaster. Your personality shines through in all that you do. Keep blogging.

  32. Alannah says:

    Just read all your blog entries. I now want to move to CA. Keep up the good work! Shiny. 🙂

  33. Dwight says:

    A classy lady with a hearty appetite for great food: the best sort of woman. And you put words together well, J. Me likes me some J food reviews.

  34. Harlan says:

    Sounds like great Italian food-my favourite type 🙂

  35. Ann Cosens says:

    Visiting my sis in Hollywood, so thought I’d finally give this place a try. It’s AMAZING! Thank you for adding it to the blog – we’re going again next week! Too yummy!!!

    We started with the bruschetta topped with beratta, artichoke hearts, and toasted pistachios. Then we split a half & half pizza – the Fulton (artichoke hearts & mozarella) and the Horatio (with the fried egg). I wasn’t brave enough for the egg part, but the rest was so good! And we had dinner for $30! Awesome!

    Thank you so much – now I’m re-reading everything to find another awesome place to go! Love this blog!!

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