'Culver City' on Serious Eats
At LaRocco's Pizzera, the Spinaci e Pomodoro highlights fresh produce. The baby spinach leaves and halved cherry tomatoes are lightly touched with heat, drawing out flavor while retaining their vibrant color. This pizza takes full advantage of residual heat, gentling wilting the leaves and transforming the fruit into warm cherry tomato bombs.
The Zucchini, Slow Roasted Corn, Tomato Sauce, Gruyere Cheese and Basil ($12) is the highlight of the coca menu. Traditionally, cocas are topped with an array of items, but caramelized onions are frequently in the mix. Instead, Chef Zadi brings sweetness to this dish with the sugary crunch of slow roasted corn.
Every night of the week, Akasha in Downtown Culver City is brimming with eager patrons delighting over sustainably sourced burgers and "best onion rings in town". No one is here for the pizza. But these delicate flatbreads should not be overlooked. When paired with Akasha's enticing sides and salads they make a satisfying entrée.