Los Angeles has long been awaiting the opening of Maddy's Sweet & Savory on Pico Blvd. in Century City. Years ago, Chef David Anderson and his incredible business partner wife Molly drastically scaled back the hours of their fine dining restaurant, Madeleine Bistro, to the point that it's essentially closed in order to create this new gelateria. I have been especially excited because Maddy's is right down the street from my office, making it the closest vegan restaurant option during work days.
Maddy's has been intermittently open for special tasting days since Mother's Day, but today marked the beginning of their first full week being officially open. The early tasting days offered take-away items and Chef David's dreamy gelato in a multitude of classic and innovative flavors including mint chocolate chip, cheesecake, bananas foster, vanilla bean, amaretto, and almond brownie fudge. Chef David creates the gelato using several different bases: soy, almond, and soon-to-be coconut, all of which are creamy and rich.
On my first tasting day visit, I chose scoops of peanut butter chunk and pistachio.
I stayed several hours past closing, catching up with Chef David and Molly, whom I've known for about 8 years since they first opened Madeleine Bistro. They generously sent me home with a take-away Eggless Tofu Salad Sandwich (mayo, lettuce, and tomato), crudite with house-made ranch dressing, and cranberry almond scones. These are great options for a quick lunch on the go and afternoon snacks, each perfectly delicious in their comfort food simplicity.
On my second visit, Maddy's was open on a Friday, testing their fresh-pressed panini sandwiches. I popped in on my lunch break to order this warm, slightly spicy, sauce-dripping Cajun Caesar Panini (blackened seitan, caesar dressing, lettuce, and tomato), which I ate at one of the reclaimed wood tables. Chef David chatted with those of us in the cafe while he made our panini to order. The intimate, mom-and-pop way that Chef David and Molly run their restaurants is what has always brought me in again and again. I feel like we're family when I'm there.
Of course, I couldn't pass up a small cup of gelato. This time, I ordered peanut butter chunk (again because it's so good!) and chocolate-cream cheese walnut. The latter being a deep chocolate gelato with profound hints of caramel that made this creation an instant favorite. (The book in the background is the beautifully-written, intelligent, and fun On Celestial Music by Rick Moody.)
Now that Maddy's is truly open for business, their hours are noon to 8 daily (closed Mondays). They will have a constantly changing, rotating menu of made-to-order panini, tossed salads, take-away sandwiches, salads, artisanal cheeses, sides, pastries, made-to-order organic juices, iced coffee, kids' beverages, and a myriad of heavenly gelato flavors. It's a wonderful place to grab lunch in the middle of the work day or to have dinner before or after seeing a movie at the Landmark theatre directly across the street. Century City has been in desperate need of a vegan restaurant and I'm thrilled to have delicious, lovingly-prepared food right down the street.
Maddy's Sweet & Savory
10893 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064