Antico Handmade Pasta, Focaccia, and Freshly Spun Ice Cream

Chef Chad Colby used to tend the flames at Nancy Silverton’s Chi Spacca before opening his own spot, Antico. The vibe models that of an agriturismo, a simple dinner you’d share at a farmhouse in Italy. It’s rustic, it’s relaxed, it’s affordable – which is sometimes tricky to find in Los Angeles. The focaccia is some of the best we’ve had, and that’s lucky because they use it in almost every dish. Their “grilled cheese” is made with focaccia. Focaccia is served in a “scarpetta service” to help you mop up the remaining sauce from your ziti pasta. The juicy chicken is served on top of a grilled focaccia. Sometimes there’s even focaccia-flavored ice cream! We missed that seasonal special, but we did get to try the honeycomb ice cream topped with salted caramel and the sweet potato pie ice cream with speculoos crumble.

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Antico is a new Italian restaurant by chef-owner Chad Colby.
Antico is a new Italian restaurant by chef-owner Chad Colby.
The “grilled cheese” made with focaccia was one of our favorite dishes.
The “grilled cheese” made with focaccia was one of our favorite dishes.
Handmade ziti pasta with tripe ragu.
Handmade ziti pasta with tripe ragu.
Antico's juicy chicken, served on top of grilled focaccia.
Antico’s juicy chicken, served on top of grilled focaccia.

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