Tirovino Wine Bar - Happy Hour
I was finding myself in the mood for Italian. An Italian style happy hour, yeah, that’s what I needed. I was craving wine, bread and tomatoes. Los Angeles is far from Rome, but I sure wanted to do what the Romans do! Italians know how to live; passionately and with good food. I mentally travelled through my rolodex of Italian restaurants in the neighborhood that might have a happy hour. I couldn’t name one. How terrible of me to not know an Italian happy hour off the top of my head!
Thank you Google, once again, for coming to my craving rescue. I discovered Tirovino Wine Bar on Melrose. Delighted with my find, I rushed home from work to pick up my date/roommate/best friend/sister from another mister, Emily. It was only Wednesday, but we were two girls in desperate need of wine and relaxing.
We walked in and took two seats at the candlelit bar. I took a moment to scan my surroundings. Old black and white photographs of beautiful movie stars from the 1950’s hung along the back walls. We were in excellent company. Bridgette and Sophia? My kind of people.
The long-ponytailed bartendress offered us the happy hour menu and chirped the wine specials. We both took a glass of the evening’s Pinot Grigio.
“Le Ore Felici,” that’s “Happy Hour” in Italian. Sexy, right? Assorted Olives, Bruschetta, Garlic Bread, Fried Coccoli (with mozzarella and anchovies), Eggplant Caviar, Italian Sausage Sliders, and of course a selection of Affettati (meat) and Formaggi (cheese). “What to pair with our wine?” I thought, while dipping the already present bread into a swirl of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Emily and I decided on Bruschetta (prepared with the essentials; fresh tomatoes, garlic, and basil), Eggplant Caviar, and the Sausage Sliders.
The sliders were my favorite. As we know, every restaurant in LA has their take on sliders. I was pleased with my first Italian Sausage version. Spicy meat between bread? Winning combo.
Through two and a half glasses of wine each, we had a proper catch up session and toasted to whatever 2012 would bring us. In this moment I was happy and comfortable, feeling lucky to be living in the city of my dreams. It’s easy to take for granted the raw pleasure of just existing. The simple act of enjoying food and wine with a dear friend is priceless. I think the Italians would agree.
7166 Melrose Ave
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