Looking for a place to have a really intimate chat with your galpals? Look no farther than the communal ladies' room at Little Dom's, which features side by side commodes for conversational ease. At first I thought maybe one was a bidet, but no...so what's the deal with these?
Anyway, we had a quick taste of the new Little Dom's the other night...it was super-crowded with insanely hirsute dudes, cute young things, and everyone else in Los Feliz who has eaten at Farfalla one too many times. After a rather lengthy wait despite our reservation, the hostess kindly sent over two glasses of Prosecco to ease our pain, which was a nice gesture. Matt, who liked the old-fashioned Italian East Coast style menu, was very happy with how his meatball and mozzarella sandwich, served on a panini-type roll, held together as a unit without dissolving into messy pieces like many meatball sandwiches. OK, maybe $14 is a little pricey for a meatball sandwich, but it came with an arugula salad on the side, and of course you're also paying for those cool vintage speakers and kitschy fish on the walls. I had two appetizers -- first was a ring of baby beets topped with a meltingly good round of burrata, the creamy flavor nicely cut by the light vinaigrette on the beets. The other appetizer was shrimp and fried artichokes with a mint-laced dipping sauce, and it was like the best possible bar food -- bits of fried artichokes and shrimp dipped in the lemony sauce were just the sort of tapas-like thing I love, although I could probably have eaten twice as much of it. I like how the menu toggles between basic stuff like spaghetti and meatballs and more modern dishes like bluefish with cavolo nero, although one more interesting pasta might be welcome. We just wanted a light meal, so no dessert, but butternut squash fritters -- now that sounds tempting.
With its comfy, instantly-aged decor and casual buzz, Little Dom's is a welcome addition to the neighborhood -- but make a reservation if you want to dine between 7:30 and 8:30.