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Pistola Closes on West Third to Make More Room for Vic Casanova's Gusto

The Italian pasta spot is getting some more square footage to work with

Pistola, West Third
Elizabeth Daniels
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.

Chef Vic Casanova is shuffling things around on West Third Street, moving his beloved Gusto up the street to take over a familiar address. He’ll be dropping the Italian pasta mainstay into Pistola, his dark and engaging Italian chophouse, which closes after a nearly three year run. It’s unsure when Pistola actually closed but the last Yelp review was written about a month back.

The jump puts Gusto in a good position to grow, as the previous space was a scant 35 seats and offered no full bar. Pistola has room to spare (including a private dining space) and a full lineup of booze, so many of the cocktails will remain while Casanova and team transition over. They’re going to need some time to customize the room to Gusto’s needs, so expect a brief break between the old and new locations.

All this raises the question of what’s to come of Gusto’s now-former space along West Third Street. Casanova’s contacts tell Eater that the lease is still theirs so they’ll be adding in a newer concept more fitting to the room soon, but won’t say exactly what (or when). Stay tuned.