There is an inevitable question that’s asked once a show’s last encore has finished and the audience slowly begins to disperse: what’s next? The answer is easy for concertgoers of the Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles, who can stroll to Prufrock Pizzeria and the Love Song Bar next door. Named for the T.S. Eliot poem “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock,” these adjoining spaces aren’t just a solution to an expected post-concert question. Rather, this bright pizzeria and moody bar can sustain the elation of hearing just the right song through shared courses of rustic Italian dishes and rounds of polished cocktails.
Grab a table next to the exposed brick wall of this century-old building and order roasted beets with burrata from the antipasti menu, oven-roasted roman meatballs from the spiedini “skewers” menu, or the kale and brussels sprouts salad from the insalata menu to start. The pizzas, which are wood-fired in a 900-degree oven for 90 seconds, are in keeping with the Italian style of cooking with simple, layered ingredients – the dough, for instance, includes honey and oregano. Try the “O.B.D.,” or the spicy Italian sopressata, and the frisee e poached egg, served atop tomato cans.
Later, pull up a seat at the bar across the way, and order a sazerac or a glass of Sardinia’s Sartiu wine. A familiar tune will likely play overhead, thanks to the extensive vinyl collection at the bar’s end, and another question may arise: another round? This answer’s easy, too.