A meander further down the rabbit hole, below the Laurel Canyon Country store, pulsates Pace’s organic Italian restaurant: a Mediterranean midsummer night’s dream. A towering brick wall above the entrance, with fading pastel drawings of harmonious imagery, cements messages of peace.
The back patio section, which I think is the most atmospheric seating area, runs alongside a twisted vine like metal gate, threaded with string lights and draped with a deep red awning. The candle lit tables wash shadows over neighbouring diners’ faces, leaving myself and my companion absorbed in a romantic duologue. Rainbow coloured crayons are usually sentinel to the roasted almonds, olives and warm bread nibbles. I order a cold bottle of reasonably priced Gavi de Gavi and as I sip my wine, I allow my subconscious to come through in psychedelic streams, decorating the paper tablecloth with an abstract portrait of my date sitting opposite.
Inside, it is more bustling, although still cozy, where bigger groups and more social couples interact. Gaggles of friends pass over slices of the ciabatta-crust pizza, sharing a tasty chopped salad and a slow cooked molten lava cake to finish off. Local varied art for sale adorn the walls suggestive of an unpretentious place dedicated to community synergy and keeping the ideals of locality alive.
This ambient foodie cavern marries dream-like imagery with creative, thoughtful dining and prides itself on devising authentic fresh Italian dishes, with ingredients carefully selected from local organic farms and markets. Altogether, it is culinary wizardry.