Hot New Restaurant — Al Bacio

1:17 PM PST 01/28/2014 by Gary Baum
Courtesy of Al Bacio

THR's pick of the week for industry dining in L.A. is a charmingly understated Italian offering along the bustling Sunset Strip.

The Quick Pitch: Mere yards from the strenuously on-trend Church Key and Eveleigh restaurants sits this restrained Italian dining room in the former Osteria Drago space, which, despite its simple modern decor, in its menu hardly betrays a knowledge of what year it is. Chef Christian Simionato draws on a deep stock of imported ingredients, from prosciutto to truffles – conveniently, his financial backers are some of L.A.’s best-connected luxury food importers and distributors – to turn out quietly confident, precisely rendered takes on panzanella salads, handmade pastas and tiramisu.

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The Insider’s Dish: A decade ago, the address reigned as record industry redoubt Il Sole under the stewardship of concert promoter Andy Hewitt and top music manager Arnold Stiefel.

The Must-Order Item: Impossibly tender lamb chops with rustic roasted potatoes.

The Industry Neighbor: Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh’s music production company Mutato Muzika is across the street.

8741 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-657-1182, albacioristorante.com

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