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RecommendationEat an Italian dinner of fresh, farm to table goodness at Paradise Pantry in Ventura, California as part of the Dirt Road Travels city travel guide for Ventura, California.

Ventura, California

Paradise Pantry

"It's really, really, really good."

Recommendations:
Harvest Cafe
Gotetsu
Patagonia

Paradise Pantry

"It's really, really, really good."

"We came from all over the country to join our mom and help her build this place."
Recommended by:
Leah
  
Co-Owner, Knead Baking Company
Recommended in:
Ventura, California

Leah's Take

"We love Paradise Pantry in Ventura!" 

Tina Thayer & Kelly Briglio, Owners of Paradise Pantry

My Story (Kelly)

"I’ve been in the food industry for 30 years now. I feel like it kind of chose me. 

I grew up in a very Italian family and we always had dinner on the table from a good cook, so food was just natural for me.  

I love physically working and bringing people to a table - whether it's with wine or whether it's with food. If you hang out here long enough, you'll realize it’s all about flavor. I’m kind of a soul cook, I like to do it all by feel."

My Advice for Others

"You just have to love it and if you don't love it, you’ve got to run from it. 

Harvest Cafe Nocciola Topa Topa

It's so much work, but every day you’re getting these little bits of gratitude back form the people in the shop, that you see smiling after they're eating something and it's delicious. That just makes my day.

If you don’t like working hard, if you don’t like getting your hands dirty, you gotta go! 

You can't be a tourist in this business, or it's going to cost you a fortune and you're going to waste a lot of time before you realize it's not for you." 

What I Love Most about Ventura

"It’s pretty chill. Ventura is kind of like the last town in California that’s waiting to be discovered, right on the beach. The last 3 years it's been growing in popularity but it's still really chill. It’s nice, it’s mellow and everyone kinda knows each other - it’s still small."

My Ventura Musts

"Gotetsu is great. She's a rad, local lady. Harvest Cafe is delicious for breakfast and Nocciola in Ojai, which is not too far away, is fantastic too."

Paradise Pantry

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Harvest Cafe
"It's a delicious, rad spot."
-119.30089929999997
34.2785755
Gotetsu
"Delicious Japanese tapas in a simple, authentic setting."
-119.26879489999999
34.2775344
Patagonia
"We act locally wherever we are."
-119.304576
34.280206
Paradise Pantry
"It's really, really, really good."
-119.29755
34.280593

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