West Third Street earned a new upscale Italian player last weekend, with the arrival of Bianconi to the busy boulevard. The former Ortolan space has been reimagined as a moody den for pasta, chops, and more.
Owners Diana and Fabrizio Bianconi of Via Veneto are behind the new Spacecraft-designed operation, which UrbanDaddy calls a "come-hither sanctuary" for dates and big dinners. In reality, the place sounds an awful lot like Pistola just down the street, which also operates as a spot for steaks and Italian influences, but has been around since 2014. The full opening menu for Bianconi is below.
The rehab of the former Ortolan space has certainly taken its time, but appears to have largely been worth it. Downturned lighting and lots of brick and stone give the place an 80’s tunnel bar vibe, while a long bar makes for casual seating and large plush booths let lingering diners settle in for the long haul. In all it’s a nice look for the neighborhood — and a better name than the former option that was long considered, L’Isola.
Bianconi opened on Friday, and keeps evening hours until 1 a.m. nightly.
8338 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA