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The Inspiration Behind SBE's Mercato di Vetro in Film Form, Accepting Resys For Oct 3

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Mercato di Vetro, sbe's next to open eatery which has taken over the now shuttered Mi-6 space on Santa Monica Blvd., just yesterday launched its website and Facebook page in anticipation for an early October debut. First of all, the image above is a screen grab off this video titled An Italian Affair, the inspiration behind Mercato di Vetro's food, beverage, and aesthetic. And while the black and white short film feels quite Italian with Fellini-esque frames, it was actually shot right here in LA.

So, Mercato di Vetro, which has been described as an Italian version of Cleo, is helmed by sbe corporate chef Daniel Elmaleh, and patrons can anticipate pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven and freshly made pastas. While the menu is still a work in progress, we do know that Elmaleh will be responsible for not only Mercato's California-influenced Italian fare, but also the restaurant's pastry and mixology programs.

As for interior aesthetic, the two story space was designed by Mark Zeff (Delphine) and Kelly Architects (Gjelina, Wood & Vine) and upon entering guests will notice a “market of glass,” basically a retail area selling Mercato's signature line of products like olive oil, fresh pasta, and seasonal jarred antipasti. The restaurant's two floors are connected by a floor-to-ceiling wine case and four kitchens. One area is dedicated to antipasti, cheese and charcuterie and offers bar seating; the next is an open kitchen with that wood-burning pizza oven and a fresh pasta station; the third area creates seasonal cocktails and housemade limoncello; and finally the last space resembles a traditional kitchen where composed plates are prepared. Was this set up inspired by Eataly? There's a whole slew of different seating options from bar seating to banquettes along the walls, or in one of Mercato's private dining rooms.

While the opening is still a couple weeks out, score an OpenTable resy here starting October 3.
·All Mercato di Vetro Coverage [~ELA~]

Mercato di Vetro

9077 Santa Monica BLvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069

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