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3737 Cahuenga Blvd. (Lankershim Blvd.) Send to Phone
Attractive Italian offering a well-executed menu with classic and modern sensibilities.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.
  • Valet parking
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Reservations suggested

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: Affable chef/owner Michael J. Young, a Drago and Valentino alum, opened this intimate and inviting ristorante in the shadows of Universal Studios. A stylishly minimalist design features whitewashed walls, with modern dark wood tables sans linen and a pair of neo-classical chandeliers. As he did at Domenico in Silver Lake, Young has created a menu with both classic and contemporary qualities. Starters include Spanish-inspired potato croquettes filled with a dab of quince paste and octopus-potato salad, while a play on Italian panzanella salad showcases baby beets. Pastas include the northern Italian specialty of casunziei (beet-stuffed agnolotti in butter sauce with poppy seeds) and roughly hewn Sardinian noodles with a beef ragù. Beautifully seared sea scallops are topped with a velvety fonduta, but we were not overly impressed with thick-cut wild boar chops. Desserts include a flavorful but slightly over-gelatinous espresso panna cotta with Nutella sauce, and a dark chocolate-topped tricolore cake that’s reminiscent of those little marzipan rainbow cookies from old school Italian bakeries. The wine list is relatively short but filled with intriguing Italian and California selections.
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