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Venice?s Rose Avenue has emerged this year with some standout spots. But now that a high-design restaurant with a known chef has moved in, we?re predicting it becomes a bustling hub to rival neighboring Abbot Kinney. 

And bustling it is at Superba Snack Bar. The look of the place--a large black metal box with sliding glass doors opening to communal pine tables--comes courtesy of hip architectural firm Design, Bitches. The mod Italian food, meanwhile, is thanks to former Osteria La Buca chef Jason Neroni and Pitfire Pizza cofounder Paul Hibler. 

Exceptional appetizers include light but flavorful chorizo-and-ricotta meatballs ($12) and a smoky-sweet charred watermelon with Burrata, candied olives and pickled vinaigrette ($15). We especially enjoyed the fried duck egg with papas bravas and tuna prosciutto ($14), a crunchy delight for texture-lovers.  

We like the patio, where the chairs are draped with Mexican blankets and the wall displays an R. Crumb quote, ?She is beautiful and terrifying at the same time, like nature itself,? which cofounder Hibler thinks perfectly describes Venice. 

We can?t wait for the team?s next project, bakery-and-sandwich spot Superba Food & Bread, which opens at the end of the year on Lincoln. 

Superba Snack Bar, 533 Rose Ave., Venice; 310-399-6400 or superbasnackbar.com

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