Did Virbila Really Write That?

I am on deadline + doing my taxes so no time to go into it right now, but… did Sherry Virbila really describe the shade of an olive as being the color of a felt puppet frog in her review of Pizzeria Ortica in today’s L.A. Times? I’ve long thought she and her old school-style reviews should be put out to pasture—an opinion that was solidified over a year ago when she reviewed Axe, a Venice neighborhood favorite. She gave it a favorable review that sounded like: “Well, I don’t get it but I know the young people like it so I will try (or pretend)… But the seats really are too hard!”

In case you don’t want to read the whole story (the pizzeria does sound appealing, which is good news!), here’s the bit from today’s L.A. Times:

The best place to start is with some antipasti, maybe a beautiful plate of prosciutto di Parma with Kermit-the-Frog-green olives. Or the house-cured blah blah blah…

As newspapers struggle to stay afloat, they should think very critically about what they are asking us to read.


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