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It may share a parking lot with an Easy Lube, but 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
($10.95). 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.
Breakfast served daily 8am-5pm.
201 S La Brea Ave, 323-934-6188, www.cafeveronala.com.
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