Milo & Olive
Country-side Italian w/ open kitchen
An affordable ($11-30) italian restaurant with organic meat, flexitarian, & vegetarian options in (Santa Monica) with brunch offerings.
To call this diminutive dining room a pizza joint would be grossly reductionist, and yet, in this addition to husband-wife team Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan’s collection of restaurants (Rustic Canyon [p. 148], Huckleberry), pizzas are indeed the main focus.
The ultra-thin-crust pizzas with chunky edges and seasonal toppings are almost too generously sized (enough for two to share) for the amount of tabletop you’ve got at your disposal. Since there are just eight counter seats and two eight-seat communal tables, competition for chairs—and elbow room—is at a premium.
The Italian-themed menu is rounded out by seasonal small plates and pastas. Try the succulent free-range chicken meatballs (our favorite dish) and flawless ricotta gnocchi robed in tomato sauce.
Fresh salads are also abundant. It’s the kind of place where farmers market eco-warriors and diehard pizza fanatics will be equally pleased—as long as they can all find a seat.
Zoe Nathan’s artisan breads are available from the bakery.
The restaurant uses locally made mozzarella.