Ugo Café – Culver City’s Best Kept Italian Secret
It’s fascinating to me how once you remove something from your diet you instantly start craving it. You remove salt, you want fries, you remove chocolate, you want hot cocoa, you remove carbs, you suddenly have an urge to go to your local Maggiano’s or Carmine’s. Shortly after I shoved the existence of shellfish into the back of my mind, I started reminiscing about the euphoric seafood pasta dish I had over the summer at Ugo Café in Culver City, CA. So naturally since I’m out here in La La Land again, and based on my previous experience at this cute little café, a revisit to one of Culver City’s best kept authentic Italian secrets may be warranted. Ugo Café is located in the heart of downtown Culver City off of Culver Blvd which is a neighborhood hotstrip, and offers a wine bar and restaurant. During my last visit, I ventured into the dining portion of Ugo and had the most incredible seafood pasta dish I’ve had in a long time. My expectations were somewhere in the middle because it was just a random, drive-by spot with a relatively attractive exterior, and I know firsthand how deceiving looks can be. Cutesy décor and exterior type spots, with a view an unobstructed view of the moon, etc. yet with hella awful food. I have to say, this wasn’t my experience with Ugo. A light but flavorful vodka sauce over a generous bed of fettuccine, with almost every type of shellfish fathomable was served to me in a ginormous portion at my little 24×24” café type table. Frankly, it’s hard to write this post recalling all the delightful scallops, mussels, calamari, shrimp and lobster that encompassed this amazing dish, while keeping in mind that I have taken a hiatus from sea scavengers. I think this time when I venture back I may have to switch lanes and experiment with their beef selections. I just hope it’s as good as their seafood.