I’d like to think I’m adventurous when it comes to trying new restaurants, but the truth is, I always seem to eat at the same places over and over again. My entire Malibu repertoire consists of Cholada for Thai, The Sage Room for Italian, Cafe Habana for quasi-Mexican, Nobu for sushi, and the Malibu Inn for standard American fare close to home. Not a bad list, but there are several places within easy driving distance that I’ve wanted to try but haven’t bothered to check out. I waited so long to visit Terra, it closed in the meantime.

So, when Kate J came to meet me for dinner after work in nearby Beverly Hills, I went to restaurant guru Lynn for advice. She gave me a few delicious sounding ideas, but none sounded quite right. I opened the ever-growing “Eats” tab in my Gmail and came up with Pici Enoteca. Pronounced “peachy,” this new spot has only been open for a week, but the menu and preliminary reviews both sounded good. The chef came to greet us as we walked in, clearly happy to see every customer who walked through the door.

We decided to split a salad and pizza. To start, we had the burrata-stuffed tomatoes with pesto vinaigrette and semolina-crusted red onions. Honestly, when is fresh cheese with tomatoes not a big win?

The pizzas all sounded really delicious, with a few new-to-me versions like lemongrass with caramelized onions and crispy ginger. However, we were feeling very traditional and went with the roasted mushroom/truffle oil/leek pie instead. The crust was very skinny, and the cheese was well-done and crispy.

The first-bite verdict? Yum!

Although, I must admit, it’s a doughy, wood-oven fired crust that works for me every time. This pizza was definitely tasty, but IthinkImightprefermygrilledversionbetter. Why do I feel guilty saying that? Because I don’t want to claim I can cook as well as a talented chef (since really, I can’t) but my pizza is hands-down amazing.

We enhanced the night with wine. A must for girl talk, I think. We had an okay Pinot Noir and a much tastier (and more expensive) Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon. All around, it was a fabulous evening with KJ and I have a new restaurant to add to my list!