Buongiorno, signora! The messenger hath returned from his exploration of the new 8,000-square-foot, largely open-air Italian restaurant from acclaimed chef Gino Angelini (Angelini Osteria) and Innovative Dining Group (Boa, Katana). Herewith, his findings (in sonnet form, of course).
What shall you find as you push through the door
Of fair RivaBella, first open tonight?
Modern details to enhance the decor
Of a rustic milieu with lanterns alight.
Cream-colored booths twixt trellised greenery,
Bar of green marble and floor cobblestone,
Might cause to forget you’re not there for the scen’ry.
But lo — for cuisine that’s Italian homegrown.
Enticing fare: tuna-sauced veal carpaccio
Or ricotta and spinach lasagna delight;
With lobster couscous doused in pesto pistachio,
Gelato or cheesecake to sweeten the night.
Make a reservation for the private wine cave,
Or will the patio sun be your fave?
RivaBella, 9201 Sunset Boulevard, at Doheny Road, West Hollywood (310-278-2060 or rivabellarestaurant.com).
Photo: Biz Urban Photography for DailyCandy