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Small Bites: Marche and Blue Dog Tavern in Sherman Oaks and Vinolio in Hollywood are newly opened

September 9, 2009 |  8:00 am


Market-driven at Marche: Gary Menes left Palate Food + Wine this summer to open Marche, in the old Max space in Sherman Oaks. Marche opened Tuesday, with a medium-plates menu of seasonal dishes, all priced at $16 or less. 13355 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 784-2415.

Dog days of Sherman Oaks: Another opening in Sherman Oaks: Blue Dog Tavern is serving lunch and dinner and soon, breakfast. On the menu, along with a roster of beers, are sandwiches, salads, pizza and burgers, as well as entrees such as spaghetti and meatballs. If you're so inclined, they'll put your pizza in the deep fryer (yes, deep-fried pizza). For dessert, there's something called a "Neapolitan mastiff" -- a 5-layer cookie sandwich with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream. 4524 Saugus Ave., Sherman Oaks, (818) 990-2583, www.bluedogbeertavern.com.

Cahuenga Corridor Italian: Vinolio in Hollywood has announced its official grand opening; the Italian restaurant whose kitchen is helmed by Andy Pastore (he previously worked at Michael's in Santa Monica and Granita in Malibu) is focusing on "family-style Neopolitan pizza." You'll find standards such as prosciutto pizza, burrata caprese salad and tiramisu in a Mediterranean-rustic setting. 1634 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles,  (323) 856-0888, www.vinoliola.com.

-- Betty Hallock

Photo credit: Vinolio