Chef J aka Jason Harley (celeb private chef, BlackSteel, Parq) is thrilled to debut his cozy neighborhood Italian restaurant Pici Enoteca on August 1 in collaboration with partner and WireImage founder Jeff Vespa. And wow, it's hard to believe that Pici (pronounced “peachy”) previously existed as Bossa Nova.
With help from hospitality design firm Spacecraft, The rectangular space off Beverly Drive has been transformed into a classic old school New York Italian abode clad with a tin ceiling, white and black tile floor, and a small dark wood bar positioned at the restaurant's rear.
And then there's the question of food. Pici's menu is divided into "Antipasti," "Insalate," "Pizza," "Pasta," "Sides," and "Dolce." Begin lunch or dinner by trying Spiced Grilled Eggplant with Paprika Oil and Artichoke Fritters filled with Boursin, or perhaps Burrata-Stuffed Garden Plum Tomatoes are your thing. Super thin crust pizzas are the house special, as is the house-made pici pasta, also the restaurant's namesake, sauced with either tomato, basil, garlic; Bolognese; puttanesca; or vodka. On the side could be meatballs or baked mac and cheese, followed by Chef J's Cheesecake of the Day or a Classic Cannoli. Considering its Beverly Hills locale, food is reasonably priced with most plates costing around $11 or so.
To drink there's both beer and wine sourced from Italy and California. Pici's hours of operation run Monday to Saturday, 11:30AM-10PM.
·All Pici Coverage [~ELA~]