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Generous entrees like the half-chicken with salsa verde are meant for the table to share.

Josiah Citrin taps into cravings with Charcoal Venice

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Josiah Citrin, chef/owner of Mélisse, one of the priciest special occasion dining spots in the Los Angeles area, is making a move into more casual dining.

Citrin just opened Charcoal Venice in Venice, the beachside town where he has lived for 23 years. The new 110-seat concept is not far from Mélisse in neighboring Santa Monica, and the two restaurants share the chef’s dedication to excellence.

But at Charcoal Venice, Citrin is producing a menu more like what he would

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