A nationally identified hospitality group has taken the reigns at La Dolce Vita, the Beverly Hills Italian stalwart with 56 years underneath its belt. The onetime Previous Hollywood hangout, started in 1966 (in element with funds from none other than Frank Sinatra) has been turned in excess of to the Get in touch with Mom staff, identified locally for places like Genghis Cohen, the Spare Place, and Winsome. So what’s upcoming? Flash, course, and a single heck of a rooster parm.
“Our approach is to maintain it La Dolce Vita,” say homeowners Marc Rose and Med Abrous, who spoke to Eater last week. “We want to preserve that iconic purple sauce Beverly Hills restaurant, but make it a very little sexier.”
The most latest comp for what the pair are preparing can be found at Dear John’s, another Frank Sinatra-backed hideaway in Culver Town that has turned up the appeal and supplied a vintage Italian steakhouse menu in excess of the earlier several many years. The most significant change is that La Dolce Vita is actively playing to a diverse community viewers in the 90210, which indicates balancing the restaurant’s longtime fans although also giving some thing to the younger, monied Westside era. Just after all, there is a reason that Jon & Vinny’s is also coming to Beverly Hills, opening a block away with its very own brand of pizza, pasta, and excellent times.
Just never be expecting the similar form of stark aesthetic at La Dolce Vita when it reopens later this 12 months. “We’re honoring the layout,” say Rose and Abrous. “It’ll still have that ease and comfort of an all-booth cafe.” Moreover, the pair plan to force for a renaissance in assistance, the type of upscale, high-touch dining that has fallen out of favor in excess of the earlier two many years. “We want to lean into the pomp of support,” claimed Rose. “It’s a substantial section of what we’re accomplishing, receiving back again to that typical model of service. I think people today have been shunning white tablecloths and going additional everyday, and we’re thrilled to sink our tooth back in.”
In observe, that could mean all the things from tableside shows and preparations to the return of the maitre d’, nevertheless great ending specifics are continue to being worked out forward of a summer months opening. A single factor is for guaranteed, the Call Mother crew ideas to drive a significant Italian-American menu well balanced with tons of crimson sauce and pasta. They’re also hoping to craft one of the better hen parm plates in the town, no tiny feat in a city that also has Dan Tana’s.
It’ll also be tricky to compete with the other important gamers in (or coming to) Beverly Hills ideal now, from the freshly opened Tommy’s in the former Bouchon house to the inbound arrival of Daniel Boulud and Chicago’s celebrated Maple & Ash. Not that the Phone Mother workforce is averse to a minor jockeying, having expanded into active Seattle, Nashville, and onto New York City’s Roosevelt Island with places like Panorama Space and Just about anything at All above the previous a number of yrs.
The fellas aren’t actually proclaiming by themselves the “best” of nearly anything, they swear they only want to be thought of as contributors in a great restaurant renaissance in Los Angeles of late. They’re eager to support revive a historic Los Angeles cafe identify and to give Beverly Hills but one more large new task to look forward to. And like Fanny’s, the floor floor cafe at the Academy Museum, they’d like to do all that though tossing in a contact of whimsy and assistance as effectively.
“There’s a significant romantic side to the cafe industry,” suggests Rose, talking to the thrives of support and the small, personalized touches that can truly make someone’s night. And with a very little luck, they’ll be romancing diners nightly appear this summer season.