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Cafe Verona

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Photograph: Jade Chang
Cafe Verona
Los Angeles

It may share a parking lot with an Easy Lube, but Cafe Verona's chef/owner Celestino has transformed this mid-city café into a bougainvillea-draped hideaway, complete with trickling fountains and two outdoor patios. Though the menu is packed with variations on a frittata—which are uniformly delicious and served with both a perfect slice of melon and a rich sweet-potato mash—the prima colazione of choice is the polenta con uove. Two over-easy eggs hide a scoop of oven-roasted tomatoes on a bed of creamy polenta. Pair it with a strong macchiato. Wipe your plate clean with slices of toasted Italian bread as you eavesdrop on the hipster-ladies-who-brunch and eye the solitary European men lingering over their newspapers.

Venue name: Cafe Verona
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Address: 201 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 8am-10pm; Fri-Sat 8am-10:30pm
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