Maximiliano is Andre Guerrero's (The Oinkster) latest venture set to open October 12 with a yet-to-be-named surprise guest chef.
The restaurant, named after Guerrero's son Max, will serve made-from-scratch traditional Italian fare including spaghetti and meatballs, pancetta cured in-house, and a variety of pizzas from a two-ton brick oven. Guerrero and his sons Max and Fred will run the eatery while Guerrero’s longtime pastry chef Jan Purdy crafts classic desserts like spumoni served in a carton, inspired by a restaurant in Little Italy Guerrero visited in the 1970s.
While the menu is made up of vintage dishes, the design aesthetic is a more modern affair. Vinyl-topped wooden benches line the walls, a V-shaped community table is set for parties, and the restaurant's center focus is bright red wood panels along the wall, laser-etched to look like spaghetti. Maximiliano will serve dinner seven days a week from 5 to 11ish PM, but come mid-November, Guerrero plans to open up the outdoor patio for brunch. And if all goes well, next year Guerrero will open a bakery next door (once a Curves gym), serving homemade breads, sweets and coffees.
In other news, Guerrero confirmed plans for his new downtown venture with Ryan Sweeney (Verdugo, The Surly Goat). The Little Bear, a Belgium pub, should open sometime between mid-November and January. Sweeney has started to hoard some rare Belgium-style kegs for the venue.
·All Maximiliano Coverage [~ELA~]
·Andre Guerrero & Ryan Sweeney To Open The Little Bear [~ELA~]
— Jamie Wetherbe