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Italian Spot L'Isola Reveals Dark and Charming West Third Interior

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Peek inside at what's to come of the former Ortolan

L'Isola, West Third Street
L'Isola, West Third Street
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Just when you thought there may be enough Italian food out in the world to last a lifetime, here comes L’Isola. The forthcoming Third Street stop takes over the defunct Ortolan address with big plans to deliver upscale Italian flavors, done with a modern twist. Here’s a look at what’s to come.

The space itself is meant to be industrial chic and carry heavy European vibes, with a dim and wood-lined interior giving way to loads of outdoor seats under a glassy enclosure. Stonework both inside and out harkens to the strong Continental fare inside, where dual fireplaces and an open grill provide lots of light and flame. The 4,400 square foot Spacecraft-designed space will hold some 140 seats in total.

As for owners Diana and Fabrizio Bianconi’s menus, one needs only to look towards their existing L’Isola in the Caribbean. Much like their sunnier counterpart, the Via Veneto team's new Third Street outpost will work a set of refined Italian dishes, including pastas and meats finished over the aforementioned grill. Expect L’Isola to open by mid-fall on West Third Street.

8338 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA