Pistola, a modern Italian steakhouse on West 3rd (formerly home to A.O.C.), has been open for less than a year but has already made it’s mark on the LA food scene. Pistola perfectly balances the old and the new. The building is in the shape of a barn with a black exterior, and the inside is also black and white – timeless and elegant. Their menu items also reflect this theme. They have many traditional dishes, but they also have modern takes on the classics as well. They recently launched a new menu for their happy hour, or as they call it, “L’Aperitivo Italiano.” From 5-7pm, guests at the bar can order many delicious food and drink options for just $8!…
I went to Pistola last week to check out their happy hour and I tried the Bone Marrow al Forno, which can be made gluten free if you order no bread. The marrow was so rich and delicious, and it was a nice thick piece! I also had one of their delicious cocktails – the “Vodka Young Turk.” This drink is a modern take on the Moscow Mule and literally tasted like a cold pressed juice because it’s made with fresh ginger – what a kick! I have not had the chance to have dinner at Pistola, but their full menu has even more gluten free options that all look delicious. They have gluten free pasta that can be substituted for any of their pasta dishes (except the squid ink agnolotti). Also catching my eye are the oysters, fish, and veggies (Sicilian Cauliflower – yum!). Most importantly at a steakhouse is, of course, the meat. They serve a Beef Tenderloin, a Prime Skirt Steak, a Prime NY Steak, a Prime Dry-Aged Delmonico, a Prime Rib Eye, and a Prime Dry-Aged Tomahawk. DROOL! Definitely need to come back for some steak ASAP.
Steak never gets old and even though it’s not even a year old, I don’t think Pistola will either!