If you’re looking for an authentic Italian Cafe in the Culver City area, look no further ~ Cafe Ugo is the place to be! Nicolette and I were out and about in Culver City running errands and were hankering for a late breakfast, and stopped into this neighborhood eatery. With three locations – Downtown LA, Santa Monica, Culver City – it’s a great little chain with top of the line gelato, coffee, baked goods & pastries, breakfast, lunch, dinner and a wine bar at the Culver City location. Also, Cafe Ugo holds this certification:

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Meaning  that they are pizza specialists certifying ~ “This seal certifies that Ugo pizza is authentic Neapolitan pizza – prepare with traditional  ingredients and cooked in a 1,000 degree wood burning oven imported from Naples, Italy exactly as the original pizza was made in Naples more than 200 years ago.” (taken from their website)

I mean, doesn’t that sound enticing? We weren’t there for pizza that day as we wanted brunch, but we’ll be going back to try it out. I’ll keep you posted on that. Here’s their brunch menu:

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We started off with 1 Almond milk and 1 Coconut milk Cappucino. Delightful.

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I ordered the Parma which was two poached eggs over toasted brioche bread topped with prosciutto di Parma and grated padano cheese. Delicioso!

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and then…

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Their roasted potatoes were ridiculously good and tasted more like oven baked french fries than you usually breakfast potatoes which are most often soggy and undercooked ~not these~ they were PERFECTLY baked and were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I normally try to skip extra carbs with my brunch, especially if I’m eating brioche 😉 but I forgot to tell the server to skip the potatoes and boy was I glad I did. I ate them all!

Overall, a great meal, top notch food and service and a beautiful patio setting with reasonably priced food. If you happen to be in Culver City, Downtown LA or Santa Monica, pop in and give them a try. You won’t be disappointed. Oh, and they make their own gelato and pastries as well!

Dulce Meets Gabbana dined as patrons of Cafe Ugo.

You Must Try:     Brunch – Parma, Cappucinos, Gelato, Pizza

Reservations:      First come, first served

Contact Details:  Cafe Ugo

3865 Cardiff Avenue

Culver City, CA 90232

310.204.1222

Open for lunch, brunch & dinner.

 

 

 

Udi's Gluten Free Pizza
Print Recipe
A quick and easy 5 minute prep with leftover chicken and frozen pizza crusts.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Udi's Gluten Free Pizza
Print Recipe
A quick and easy 5 minute prep with leftover chicken and frozen pizza crusts.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Pour enough BBQ sauce onto each shell and spread out in a thin layer with a spoon to cover the crust.
  3. Take leftover rotisserie chicken or any type of chicken you have in your fridge and pulled it apart or cut it up and put as much onto the pizzas as you'd like. Distribute it even on both pizzas.
  4. Thinly slice the onion and evenly distribute it between both pizza crusts.
  5. Take a handful of cilantro on each pizza and evenly distributed as a topping.
  6. Take a handful of cheese and distribute it evenly onto each pizza.
  7. Pop both pizzas on a cookie sheet into the oven at 400 degrees, for 12 minutes. Start watching your pizzas at 10 minutes so they don't burn. All ovens cook differently so your pizza may be done as soon as 10 minutes or as long as 13 minutes. The cheese will melt and the crust will get really golden.
  8. Let cool for a few minutes, slice and enjoy!
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During the playoffs, who doesn’t like a great pizza at halftime?!? Some members of my household are Gluten Free & Diary Free, so I make both Gluten Free and regular foods in my kitchen. This particular Saturday I didn’t want to be a slave in the kitchen all day so I opted for quick and easy gluten free pizza’s, and I mean QUICK and EASY. After whipping this up in less than 5 minutes and popping it into the oven for another 12 minutes, we had two pizzas ready to rock and roll. I Instagrammed it, but of course,  and Udi’s Gluten Free regrammed it. That made my day!

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It couldn’t be easier to make. I purchase these pizza crusts at Whole Foods Market for $6, so that’s $3 a piece which is pretty dang good for gluten free convenience and you just add whatever ingredients you have on hand in your fridge. The possibilities are endless!

Enjoy!

Roma xoxo

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I’m Irish, so what can I say. I love to imbide ~ daily! 🙂 I usually wind my day down with an evening cocktail. I’m a simple gal and I’m not a fan of girly drinks with sugary bases and sweet syrups. I’ve been drinking Skyy Vodka (I’m one of their biggest fans) for the past decade. It burns clean, no heavy headed feeling the next morning and just delicious.

I was at Whole Foods one day and they were out of my usual Skyy, so I thought I’d try this Hawaiian Vodka. I always buy my Skyy from Vons Market, because I can buy that ginormous bottle that’s $35 for $20 with my Vons Club Card, but I was in a hurry that day and didn’t have time to hit up two markets, so I settled for this Hawaiian Vodka. The bottle is what caught my attention. Unlike Skyy which is made from grain, this is distilled from sugar cane and brewed through lava rock. Interesting. How could I not try it? Take a look at this bottle! Gorgeous! They have a Hula Girl image on the inside glass of the bottle, so when you look through it, you see the image. Well done.

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My drink is simple. Several ounces of vodka (however much you’d like) and sparking mineral water with a squeeze of lemon or orange. This day I had those lovely Clementines from Whole Foods Market in a bowl on my kitchen counter, so this is what I made.

Hawaiian Vodka tastes very different from Skyy Vodka. Literally like night and day. I thought it might have a hint of sweetness in it since it’s made from sugar cane, but it didn’t. It was clean and smooth, but had it’s own distinct taste. If you have a chance to try it, do! It’s a lovely vodka to add to your bar!

Enjoy! Roma xoxo

If you’ve never had avocado brownies, then you’re going to be very surprised at how amazing these are. You simply won’t believe how easy and delicious these are, and they’re gluten and dairy free!

Fortunately, here in SoCal, avocados are abundant and we’re able to indulge year round. I’m surrounded by several farmer’s markets weekly, so it’s not uncommon to pick them up for $1 a piece. We always have fresh guacamole ready to eat in our fridge. I put it on my morning eggs, make salsa with it, cut them up for tacos, and make a guacamole spread on my toast! It’s one of the best ways to get your daily dose of healthy fats and nutrients.

This recipe is adapted from Fake Ginger’s Blog. I substituted ingredients to make it gluten and dairy free, and the recipe works just as well!

Look at how creamy these are…they’re a cross between a brownie and fudge ~ they’re that creamy!  YUM!

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I ate three within a one hour span. Then I ate two more after that. Delicious. These are almost too good to be true 🙂 I need to make them sparingly, though, if I’m going to eat that many!

Enjoy!

Roma xoxo

Click here for the recipe.