Patricia Catallo Lopez wants to make everyone’s night ‘extra’
Patricia Catallo Lopez and her husband, Alan Lopez, were on vacation in Miami when they were on the hunt for the perfect dessert.
They took a drive through the keys and ended up in Key West. Their server at dinner suggested Better Than Sex: A Dessert Restaurant and raved about the chocolate souffle, “The Fever.”
When they arrived, they fell in love with everything about Better Than Sex, including her now all-time favorite dessert, Peanut Butter Perversion.
“I decided it was my favorite place in the world,” she says. “Everything about it was totally my scene as if it came out of my dreams and into real life.
“On the way back to Miami, I went on their website to see if I could buy wine glasses with their logo and I saw they were just starting to franchise. When I got back to LA, I sent in an application. It all seemed very serendipitous.”
This past June, Catallo Lopez opened a temporary kitchen on South Robertson Boulevard to accommodate deliveries (and pick-up) until their brick-and-mortar location is finished at 7166 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles. She expects it to open in early fall.
“I love the West Hollywood community,” she says. “We were lucky enough to find something right there. I love how West Hollywood—and Hollywood in general—is a place where people can be themselves and follow their dreams. It’s just such a hopeful place, in my opinion. When I have a night out, I like to dress up and have it be a big extravaganza. It’s very romantic and extra at Better Than Sex. I want everyone to feel that it’s their night and just own it.”
The desserts are downright naughty at the restaurants, which are dimly lit with splashes of black and red décor. On Catallo Lopez’s visit, she also tried Moscato with caramel on the rim (“Caramel Over Me”), which reminded her of a trip to Italy.
“My husband and I went to Italy about 10 years ago and all over Italy, there are Gelaterias where you can have dessert and cocktails late at night,” she recalls. “Practically every night we would go, and I would have chocolate gelato and Alan would order limoncello on the rocks.
“We thought there should be places in the states like this where you can just have a drink and dessert. So, this is like a dream come into reality.”.