Delizia on the Venice boardwalk is now a gastropub called Venice Ale House, with the owners shooting for an opening at 6:00 P.M. today on Rose Ave. at the beach. Thrillist, who apparently doesn’t have as much venom for those CD-hawking hustlers as we do, tells us the bar comes from Bar Hayama’s owner and a David Lefebvre-style “seafood geek” who makes documentaries. Fitting then that the cuisine is 100% sustainable seafood and touches of pubby comfort.
Backing the eighteen regionally specific micro-brews like Kona’s Wailua Wheat and North Coast’s Brother Thelonious are “un-fries,” a $14 grass-fed burger with bacon and avocado (named, groan, the “kick-flip”), plus a wild Alaskan salmon sandwich, $12 Carlsbad mussels in sauvignon jus, wild Alaskan halibut ceviche, yellowfin ahi and avocado tartar, steak and eggs for brunch, and an impressive mix of market salads. There’s also a patio, which hopefully won’t create a captive audience for some wanna-be Scarface to push his crappy hip-hop on you.
Anyway, if the commitment to product and passion for the cuisine is as sound as the beer supply here, Venice Ale House could be an important opening for the neighborhood’s boardwalk: a reliably non-touristy, non-Piccolo-priced space promoting quality eats, inspired by the sea and stuck in the sand.
Venice Ale House, 2 Rose Ave. Venice. 310-314-8253.