Hello The Point!

Hello The Point!

Today the newest shopping and dining destination in the South Bay opened in El Segundo at the corner of Rosecrans and Sepulveda. This place is  The Point.

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What’s it the point of The Point? Hello Kitty Foodie will tell you in this blog post!  One of the points is to make your sure all the kitties are stylin’ in the very best outfits! The Point has some amazing retailers that shoppers are sure to love. From Michael Stars to Lucky Brand and No Rest for Bridget, Hello Kitty Fashionistas will be happy! Another point of The Point is to make sure every kitty is full and happy! After  all the fun shopping, Hello Kitty Foodies will have plenty of eateries to wine and dine!

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Among the popular eateries now open are Shophouse, North Italia and True Food Kitchen!

Shophouse SouthEast Asian Kitchen is a sister restaurant to Chipotle! Here foodies can make your own bowls filled with food culinary inspired by Malaysia, SIngapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

North Italia specializes in modern Italian cuisine with handcrafted pizzas and fresh pastas! This kitty had the privilege of trying out their food already and can say each item is definitely handcrafted with love!

True Food is all about honest and healthy food! Healthy hello kitty foodies, this place is for you!

Coming soon to The Point are even more delicious spots! These spots are sure to bring a happy smile!

Hopdoddy Burger Bar will bring to The Point the ultimate place where one can combine crafted burgers and beers on tap. Eat, drink, relax and repeat, my kitties!

Mendocino Farms fresh and healthy sandwiches will be coming soon! Healthy kitties will love it!

Smitten Ice Cream, a place well-known in San Francisco willbe bringing their made to order ice cream to the South Bay soon via their outdoor stand at The Point! It will be sure to bring some sweet smiles to all!

Sugarfina will make life even sweeter when they bring their gourmet candies to The Point in October 2015! Hello Kitty Foodie is so excited for all these places! The al fresco dining and the cool outdoor atmosphere at The Point is perfect. It’s a spot to eat a good meal, have a refreshing drink and simply enjoy life. The point of The Point is to be everyone’s happy place! How can one not smile at that the thought of that? Hurry up and get to the point!

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For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on The Point!

Hello North Italia @ The Point!

Hello North Italia @ The Point!

Ever since I saw The Point being built El Segundo, California, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the opening of the eateries that would be housed there. Some of the most popular restaurants would now have a home in the South Bay! Finally the time has come for The Point to open up! This is The Point’s grand opening week and one by one the new restaurants are opening up. One of the first restaurant to open it’s doors this week is North Italia.

The very first North Italia opened up in 2002 and they specialize in handmade pizzas and pastas. The theme of the restaurants is “A love letter to Italy” where every thing is handmade with love.

Today I got to experience North Italia for a lunch out and try first hand their made from scratch lovely dishes.

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Stepping in to this North Italia, one cannot help but feel an instant love for the restaurant. It is beautiful inside. There are huge hanging lights up above and a really nice open kitchen in the back. The dark wood interior gives a beautiful classy feel. Diners can also choose to dine outside, a choice that my friend and I made. Pretty flower vases adorn the wooden tables outside.

To match the lovely look of the restaurant is their lovely menu consisting of small plates, pizzas, sandwiches, salads and main entrees.

To start, I got to try the Grilled Cauliflower small plate. It’s a wonderfully plated dish with fried egg, baby asparagus, toasted bread crumbs, pancetta cream and lemon.

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The taste of the lemon is instant at first bite of this dish. The runny egg offsets the lemon and gives a unique take on this dish. It’s one of the most interesting takes I’ve ever seen.

Another appetizer I got to try here is the Arancini.  It is crispy mushroom risotto stuffed with scamorza cheese and served with red sauce. This appetizer is heaven with every bite. The cheese and risotto oozes out of the crispy coated balls.

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For our main lunch entrée, my friend and I tried their Margherita Pizza.

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It’s a classic Margherita with mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil and red sauce. With its hot baked dough, crispy edges and fresh mozzarella the pizza was one lovely pizza.

I love the concept of North Italia and their fresh take on Italian cuisine. Handmade with love, North Italia has found a happy place in Hello Kitty Foodie’s heart.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review of North Italia.

P.S North Italia is the sister restaurant to another eatery at The Point, True Food Kitchen (blog post for True Food Kitchen coming soon ;).