The Quick Pitch: Terroni’s first L.A. location – on Beverly Blvd. in mid-city – is known for its sharply effervescent modernist decor, handmade pastas, Italian wines, thin-crust pizzas and notoriously resolute reluctance to pre-slice pies for customers. The restaurant has now brought the same dining DNA, as well as its penchant for a Gio Ponti-meets-Carlo Mollino mid-century Italian design aesthetic, to a super-sized second outpost in an ornate former bank building in downtown’s continually gentrifying Historic Core district.
The Insider’s Dish: Partner Shereen Arazm is one of the judges on Top Chef Canada, which is about to start shooting its fourth season.
The Must-Order Item: A unique-to-the-downtown-menu diavola pie featuring spicy Italian salami and spicy provolone.
The Industry Neighbor: Los Angeles Center Studios, where Mad Men shoots, among other productions.
802 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, 323.954.0300, terroni.com