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Cafe Bella Roma SPQR, Alen Lin, 8/14/07
BEVERLYWOOD: Can a city have too much Italian? Bella Roma SPQR opened in June, but we like the picture so much we don't mind being late. According to the website, chef Roberto Amico hails from Clafoutis, Cafe Midi & Mulholland Grill and offers a "menu of traditional Roman cuisine as well as customary Italian favorites such as Cornetti, Tramezzini, Suppli al Telefono, Salumi & Antipasti." We also learn that "SPQR" appears in the coat of arms of the city of Rome, and most importantly on the flags and banners of the Italian football club A.S. Roma, which the chef followed to LA in 1994. [1513 S. Robertson Blvd., 310.277.7662]
LITTLE TOKYO: Yakitori fans rejoice: The second outpost of the much-loved Tustin izakaya, Honda-Ya, opens tonight. We saw signage a few weeks ago. Opens nightly for dinner at 5:30pm. [333 S. Alameda St., 213.625.1184]
SILVER LAKE: According to Pat at Eating L.A., Flore Vegan debuted on Thursday just in time for Sunset Junction. Open for breakfast and lunch for now, dinner will hopefully come later. [3818 W. Sunset Blvd., 323.953.0611]
PASADENA: When we checked out the now-empty La Fornaretta in Old Town, which fell victim to Scientologists, we noted Plywood on the little spot around the corner that used to be a sushi restaurant (and before that barbecue). Tani finally debuted in its place, a fusion Japanese spot. The owners also have Blue Fish in Montrose. [58 E Colorado Blvd., 626.578.9493]