RivaBella, the 8,000-square-foot Italian restaurant by IDG and Gino Angelini (Angelini Osteria), overtaking half of the defunct West Hollywood Hambuger Hamlet space, is on track to open Winter 2012. Which really means next month. Studio Collective (the Spare Room, Public) is behind the aesthetic, going for a rustic Tuscan farmhouse look punctuated by modern embellishments. As mentioned, the restaurant's 2,800-square-foot patio will be a focal point and house most of lunch and dinner dining.
Angelini's Emilia-Romagna roots manifest on the menu with plates like Spaghetti alla Chittara with Sea Urchin, Braised Wild Boar and Crispy Polenta, and Sicilian Style Grilled Branzino. Think ingredient-driven classic Italian dishes with modern touches, though Angelini does plan to offer pizza, salads, and daily specials as well.
As for drinks, the restaurant's wine program centers around Italian and California varietals, and of course RivaBella will serve a slew of specialty cocktails.
With regard to the second half of the Hamburger Hamlet space, IDG is going with a still tba Asian concept.
·IDG and Gino Angelini Sharing RivaBella This Winter [~ELA~]
·IDG's Italian Spot Opens in Nov, Asian Coming in 2013 [~ELA~]