As first hinted at back in August, the former Ortolan space on West Third Street will indeed be coming back to life. The new restaurant slated for the space is to be called L’Isola (a shortening from its previous possible name L’Isola Opco, which was a mouthful), and it has hopes to arrive by late spring or early summer of next year.
Diana and Fabrizio Bianconi, who have ties to Via Veneto in Santa Monica and actually already run a L’Isola restaurant in the Caribbean, are behind the new venture. They’re working with the always-busy Spacecraft team now to overhaul the 4,400 square foot space, bringing in rustic fixtures and turning the place into a sort of Italian-minded oasis, with finer dining touches throughout.
Much like the forthcoming Officine Brera in the Arts District, this Italian eatery will also focus on live fire cooking, with the inclusion of a large open grill. Otherwise look for a thoroughly straightforward menu that plays on lots of well-received ideas from both Via Veneto and L’Isola St. Barts — that means pastas, ample seafood, and yes, grilled meat.
Look for L’Isola to begin to come to life in late spring 2016.
8338 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA