412 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Thurs, 05/14/2015, 9:00pm reservation
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are the duo behind Animal, Son of a Gun and the anticipated new restaurant Jon and Vinny's. The structure for Jon and Vinny's stems away from the complicated and unorthodox cooking that they're known to produce. Forget the foie gras and pig ears! Jon and Vinny's is straight, simple and to the point. In my opinion, it's good food done right.
Jon and Vinny's is comparable to an upscale diner that I would want to revisit repeatedly. A long bar top is situated along an open kitchen and wood burning oven. In the kitchen, you can see Jon or Vinny working their magic to create delicious pieces. Diners can eat their hearts out while listening to some Kanye or Jay-Z. In the back of the restaurant, a neon sign glowing with "Helen's" (the wine shop) is mesmerizing to the eye. Simple, clean lines create a casual décor.
|The interior with Vinny working in the open kitchen|
|2013 FAVORITA, ROAGNA ($40.00/btl): Clean, crisp, refreshing. It went well with all the dishes we ordered.|
|Ode to the grease..mmmm|
|SPICY FUSILLI VODKA ($17.50): Basil, parmesan. The pasta was cooked al dente. The spiciness was not overpowering. It was a simple pasta with a creamy sauce. It was good, but was probably my least favorite dish of the night.|
|BUCATINI CACIO E PEPE ($15.75): Pecorino romano. The simplicity of this dish is amazing. Jon and Vinny were able to make this dish perfectly. The bucatini was fresh and coated well in the buttery cheese sauce. It was comforting and delicious.|
Overall, Jon and Vinny's is simple, uncomplicated delicious food. Everything is made in-house. Nothing fancy, just downright homemade ingredients cooked to perfection which I appreciate. For a new restaurant, they've done a good job on keeping the food tasting delicious. How delicious? Well, they ran out of three dishes that night. There were complications with booking a reservation, but seems like they've got that sorted. And the best part...they deliver (but they're still trying to work on the kinks with that situation). Word of advice: Parking is extremely difficult so your best bet is to valet.
Notable dishes: Tiramisu and Marinara Braised Meatballs