Hot New Restaurant -- RivaBella


THR’s pick of the week for industry dining sees bright-and-light SoCal Italian at a historic Sunset Strip address.

The Quick Pitch: The partners behind Innovative Dining Group – who have Sushi Roku and, just across the street, equally slick steakhouse Boa – teamed with one of L.A.’s most seasoned chefs, Gino Angelini (his resume includes stints at Rex and Vincenti), bringing the SoCal sensibility of his own 12-year-old mid-city Angelini Osteria to this grand indoor-outdoor tableau on the Sunset Strip. Angelini’s take on Italian is reliably bright and light, from roasted octopus salad with salsa verde to tagliolini pasta sprinkled with lemon zest.

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The Insider’s Dish: RivaBella’s address was previously home to the industry-beloved Hamburger Hamlet. A favorite of Dean Martin’s, it opened in 1950 and shuttered in late 2011.

The Must-Order Item: A delicate lasagna nestled under a foliage of flash-fried spinach leaves.

The Industry Neighbors: Abrams Artist Agency, Mosaic management and Atlas Entertainment.

9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2060