Add the name Nerano to the list of upscale Italian restaurants that continue to populate Los Angeles, turning out quality fare for neighborhoods that can’t seem to get enough. This Beverly Hills newcomer was first announced back in October, but should be ready to roll as of this Saturday, serving plenty of fresh coastal Italian dishes along the way.
As previously noted, the South Santa Monica Boulevard address comes equipped with 4,000 square feet of drinking and dining space, set across two levels and carrying some deep, dark blue trim. There are wine bottles tucked away for easy access, comfortable bar seats for those looking to lounge over a cocktail, and a glass-lined display downstairs to give guests the ultimate view into the kitchen. Belzberg Architect Group spearheaded work behind the Tim Clarke design, which spans some 75 seats downstairs, with another 40 up top.
As for the food, ownership (the same folks behind favorites Toscana, Bar Toscana, and S.Y. Kitchen on the Central Coast) describes the menu as something reminiscent of the Amalfi Coast. That means a lean on seafood to be sure, but also pastas, pizzas, and a slew of more straightforward Italian offerings, spread across lunch and dinner. You can find the opening menus here.
Nerano officially opens this Saturday, keeping weekday lunch hours from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and evening hours from 5:30 p.m. on (4:30 p.m. for the bar) most nights except Sunday, when the place opens at 5 p.m.
9960 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA