Finger food is popular around the world. In Italy they have calzones (which are baked) and also panzerotti (similar to calzones, but usually deep fried or pan fried). In India you can indulge in savory samosas and across Latin America and Spain there are empanadas. Part of what makes empanadas such a fantastic grub to grab on the go is their portability, versatility (fillings can be savory or sweet) and of course their delicious taste.
There’s no dearth of yummy bites at the Los Angeles Original Farmers Market, but Nonna’s Empanadas is one stall you need to stop by. Nonna’s Empanadas was founded in 2009, by a Beverly Hills based travel agent (not named Nonna) Graciella Boltiansky. On any given day Nonna’s Empanadas has nearly two dozen kinds of piping hot empanadas on display.
Beef options range from plain to beef jalapeño, carne asada and Philly cheesesteak options. In the chicken camp there’s a chicken jalapeño, a Filipino chicken, salsa verde chicken and even a chicken, mushroom and cheese empanada.
If you enjoy pork, Nonna’s Empanadas has a bite sized breakfast empanada known as the bacon and eggs. Ham and cheese, carnitas and a Cuban flavored empanadas round out the pork pack.
Vegetarians have plenty of options at Nonna’s too. On the funky side there’s a macaroni and cheese empanada and a spicy cheese flavor. On the traditional end of the veggie spectrum you’ll find tomato, veggie, samosa veggie and a mushroom flavor.
Nonna’s Empanada’s doesn’t skimp when it comes to the sweet stuff either. There are banana, dulce de leche, guava and even Nutella empanadas you can devour. If you overextend yourself on empanadas, Nonna’s also has other dessert options like a flan with dulce de leche and alfajor de maizena, so you don’t totally empanada yourself out.
We decided to go big, so we snagged eight different types of empanadas and stashed them away like squirrels, so we could eat them for dinner that evening. Nonna’s Empanadas stamps each empanada, so you don’t accidentally get your varieties mixed up. We got the chicken jalapeño, Filipino chicken, carnitas, macaroni and cheese, spicy cheese, banana, Nutella and guava versions. It was a tight empanada race, but some clear winners emerged. On the sweet side, the guava won hands down. Savory wise, the spicy cheese, the jalapeño chicken and the mac and cheese empanadas came out on top.
We came away from the experience wishing we had a Nonna’s Empanadas back home in the Bay Area. If you’re in need of a delectable quick snack or a dinner that’s easy to reheat, Nonna’s Empanadas is the way to go. Next time we’re giving the bacon & eggs and the chicken alfredo empanadas a whirl.
Nonna’s Empanadas *Two locations.
Los Angeles’ Original Farmers Market Location
Address: 6333 West 3rd Street Stall #330
Los Angeles, California 90036
Hours: Monday Through Friday 9:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 8:00pm, Sunday 10:00am to 7:00pm
Phone: (323) 934-3724
Pricing (All in USD): Empanadas $3.95, Organic Empanadas $4.55, Panzerotti $3.95 to $7.95, Jars of Chimichurri or Dulce de Leche Sauce $11.95, Salads $4.95, Desserts $5.95
Address: 8570 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, California 90048
Hours: Monday Through Friday 8:00am to 8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 8:00pm
Phone: (310) 385-0445