Status: Open today
As of 8AM this morning, Vintage Enoteca has officially opened to serve seven days a week from morning until midnight. The 36-seat casual wine bar marks the first restaurant property owned and operated by east coast natives Danielle Francois and Jennifer Moore, who previously worked in advertising. In true Hollywood style, they hired interior designer to the stars (Molly Sims, Kate Bosworth) Kishani Perera to organize the simple, rustic, modern aesthetic that involves distressed metal tables (both communal and non-communal), hanging Edison bulbs, and black/white photography from local artist Blair Morton. Remember what the space used to look like as Abbot's Habit/The Big Fix? A fresh coat of paint and some new furniture does go a long way.
Judging by chef Paul Dozois' (has studied under Tom Colicchio, Wolfgang Puck, and Jose Andres) menu offerings, this is a place to come with a group of friends to share a few small plates, maybe some dates stuffed with Grana Padano wrapped in speck, ricotta and asparagus bruschetta, or a margherita flatbread. Lunch choices focus on a few basic salads and nine different panini choices, and all plates range from $5 to $15 so nothing overly expensive here. If you've come to drink, which you probably have, choose from over a dozen by-the-glass offerings, or go whole hog with a bottle from Italy, France, Spain, Austria, California, and Washington.
Additional Reading: All Vintage Enoteca Coverage
Additional Photos: Eater LA Flickr Page