Hot New Restaurant -- Osteria Drago
THR’s pick of the week for industry dining finds noted Italian chef Celestino Drago reimagining the former address of Sunset Strip staple Il Sole.
The Quick Pitch: What was once the A-list music and movie matrix Il Sole — owned by concert promoter Andy Hewitt, top music manager Arnold Stiefel and (toward the end) nightclub impresario Brent Bolthouse — has been brought back to life as yet another entry in Celestino Drago’s archipelago of L.A. Italian haunts. This one is heavy on light, Cal-inflected small plates (corn-filled agnolotti with zucchini flowers, sea urchin panna cotta with citrus vinaigrette) and bright design moments like bleached wood and vividly hued Murano glass vases.
The Insider’s Dish: When Hewitt first called Drago in November 2011 to let him know the space was available (the chef had sold Il Sole its bread), Drago’s initial inclination was to turn the property into a retail bakery concept. But once he thought through the potential parking ramifications along Sunset for daytime customers, he decided to stick with traditional restaurant dinner service... and valet.
The Must-Order Item: A single flying-saucer-shaped raviolo filled with ricotta and egg yolk, then topped with shaved truffles.
The Industry Neighbors: Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way office, Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions, management firm Mosaic and Abrams Artist Agency
8741 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, osteriadrago.com