Once in a while, you do find a gem hidden away in a…valley. We’re talking deep suburbs of Los Angeles: not the practically Hollywood-adjacent Valley that is a mini LA in itself, no, welcome to the Conejo Valley, and to Simi Valley.
One doesn’t simply come this far up the 101 or the 118, unless you’re on a road trip somewhere. Perhaps a day trip to Santa Barbara, or maybe all the way up to San Francisco. Or, unless you’re from around here. For the a long time, this was our little secret. An actual legitimately good, Yelp-favorite Italian bakery and cafe just out of reach from Angelenos. Why the Carrara brothers decided to settle here when they moved from Lucca Italy, who knows, but the point is, they have gifted us with Carrara’s: a pasticceria and now all day cafe turned restaurant serving up amazing Italian pastries and beautiful cakes that transport you, well, to somewhere that is not Moorpark.
Anyways, Carrara’s is truly a gem. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon caffè pick me up or a decadent dessert, this is the place to be. A little slice of Italy in the outskirts of town. But trust me, it’s worth the drive.
|Hours||Moorpark: 12-8pm, Agoura: 12-6pm, closed Mondays|
|Price||$-$$ – everything is pretty fairly priced, you can easily get a whole cake or curate your own party platter of pastries without breaking the bank|
|Aesthetic||clean and contemporary, in a comfortably unremarkable way|
Go here for: amazing italian pastries and cakes for yourself, or for picking up on the way to a dinner party
Order this: cannolis, iced coffee (seriously an addicting combo, I always take a detour just to fuel up on a drive)
Amount of time to spend: perfect for grab and go or a quick meal, the Moorpark location is huge and the Agoura location mostly has a takeaway crowd so there’s usually not much a wait
When to come: when you happen to be driving up or down the 101 (it’s the perfect detour), or if for some strange reason you’re on the 118…
Parking: is ample, you’re in the suburbs after all. The Agoura location has pick up parking right in front, and a bigger parking lot o the other side of the marketplace. The Moorpark location is in a large suburban plaza, with an even larger suburban parking lot. The Pasadena location is somewhat near public parking structures, just be sure to check the signs as some have a free first hour while others do not. Otherwise, there is usually decent turnover with the meters.
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Last visited: February 2020
Last updated: June 2020