Plus, what to do this week and the 22 best Italian restaurants in L.A.
Time Out #9 | Monday 28 September, 2020
9 authentic ghost towns worth a road trip from L.A.
You think your sense of time is busted this year? These living relics are truly frozen as they were over a century ago. If you’re itching for a quiet road trip, try these boom-and-bust ghost towns in California, Nevada and Arizona. Happy trails!
What to do this week
Opens Thu Halloween at Descanso
Neither experienced from your car nor bent on scaring the gourd out of you, the monthlong Halloween at Descanso is bringing some fresh air and a whole lot of pumpkins to the botanical garden.
The best of the rest:
Thu–Sun noon–7pm Head to the Hollywood Palladium and check out eight art installations housed in South American-inspired settings—all for free and all from your car—during Driven: A Latinx Artist Celebration.

Opens Thu Cruise across the grounds of a Santa Monica Mountains ranch as it’s illuminated with thousands of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns at the drive-through Halloween event Nights of the Jack.

Sun at 7:30pm Pair dinner and a movie without leaving your vehicle during a drive-in screening of Jaws at Mel’s Sunset Strip location
What’s new in food?
The 22 best Italian restaurants in L.A.
If you think the food pyramid should just be a triangle with “carbs” written in the middle, then look no further than these restaurants. We’re kidding just a little bit: You’ll of course find an abundance of spots that offer stellar antipasti, meaty roasts and fresh seafood. But our list of L.A.’s best Italian restaurants doesn’t skimp on pasta either. Check out the full list here—or just a couple of our favorites below. Buon appetito!
L.A.’s best Italian restaurant—full stop—is open for dinner on its Arts District patio, and it also offers a rotating selection of pastas, desserts and entire meals available for pickup.
Savor the signature squid ink lumache and a slice of olive oil cake either at your own home (via delivery) or on the pop-up sidewalk and on-the-street patios at this Pasadena restaurant.
Cento Pasta Bar
The remarkable Downtown lunch residency has flipped to a dinnertime pickup operation. Follow them on Instagram to keep up with daily $10 specials and surprise meatball sub drops.
You didn’t think we’d forget about pizza, did you? Westsiders can still get takeout and delivery from both the Brentwood and West Hollywood locations of this superlative pizzeria.
Do you have a minute?
2020: it’s seen a fair few twists, turns and regrettable hairstyles. As we grow closer to the end of it all (the year, we mean!), it’s a great time to take stock. In particular, we want to know what going out feels like for you. Have you been making the most of outdoor dining or are you never leaving the house again? Either way, tell us all about it and you'll have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!
An Elf on the Shelf drive-through is coming to L.A. for Christmas
We know it’s not even October yet, but we’re ready to think ahead to Christmas—starting with a drive-through from every parent’s favorite sort-of-creepy elf. From mid-November through early January, you’ll be able to roll through the Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey at Pomona’s Fairplex. The hourlong experience is set to include all sorts of glittering holiday scenes, like a toy workshop, gingerbread village and “Santa’s magical grotto” (for which, uh, we have some questions).
Quick hits for the road…
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Here’s where to buy mooncakes in Los Angeles
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We don’t know who needs to hear this but...
Heads up: Most parking enforcement is set to resume on Thursday in L.A. (except for street sweeping).
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