We were in LA but it felt like we had just walked into some Italian bar in the middle of New York. This is Freddy Small’s, a bar with a New York style, half with a subway face, half like a modern Italian canteen and with a hipster touch in every detail I look at.
The napkins are huge, white and with a red stripe on the edge. The fabric appears to be linen. The meat knives and cutlery are impeccable. I am a great enthusiast of places that have nothing special, that are ultra simple (or so they seem to be), that have no extravagance, but that you realize that each minimalist glass was designed to be there. And this is Freddy.
As I was told that the drinks in the place were impeccable, I wanted to start with one that already knew the taste of other places. I ordered a Tom Collins, which I can guarantee without a doubt, it was the best Tom Collins I have ever had in my life. Just as Ramona’s Bloody Mary is the best I’ve ever had, this Tom will also not be forgotten by me. And I would definitely go there again (over and over again) just for a drink before starting the night.
From what I read the menu had just been redesigned by a new chef from NY and with a great reference in his grandmother’s Sicilian food. Chef Frank Pinello is slowly changing Freddy’s menu and it already seems absurdly good. To read more about it, click here!
Of course, we also went there to eat. And just to start the night we ordered Freddy’s meatballs, and just to be here describing this to you at this moment I already started watering. The seasoning of these meatballs is something indescribable, very seasoning for grandma. This is the kind of dish that makes you want to enter the chef’s kitchen and ask to stay there just to learn how to make it and be able to replicate it later at home.
I also ordered a mushroom risotto and Paulo a very tasty meat made with an extremely precise technique (which I had heard about when I lived in France) of aging. Yes, in that case the meat aged for 28 days before roasting and serving for you to eat. I can already see people commenting here: “Aiiii que disgust”. There is nothing disgusting in this process and the meat is incredibly tender and delicious. If you are interested and want to know more about it, click here!
I left with so many Tom (s) Collins on my mind that I don’t remember if I ordered dessert, I imagine not because I didn’t find any in the photos around here, but we’ll be cleaning up soon when the LA vlogs go live kkkkkk.
Anyway, many reviews recommend Street Fair Zeppole, which is like a rain cookie. I’m sure if I haven’t tried it I will have to eat it the next time I go there to take my Tom Collins.
Freddy Small’s is located at 11520 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, United States and is well worth a visit if you are in LA
PHOTOS: Danielle Noce | @nocedanielle – Paulo Cuenca | @paulocuenca – Christina Wong