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West Hollywood's Estrella Flips Focus to Italian Meat and Pastas

Mirko Paderno takes over for Dakota Weiss, and things are different

Stinchetto al Forno at Estrella
Courtesy Estrella
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 Mirko Paderno is now firmly at the helm of the good ship Estrella in West Hollywood, and he’s planning to bring a whole new menu to the place.

Paderno spent working at kitchens around Los Angeles, from the former Oliviero in Beverly Hills to Downtown’s hearty Officine Brera. He even helped launch a princely pasta-focused food truck around Los Angeles. Now he takes over Estrella from Dakota Weiss (who remains a partner in the restaurant), while she moves on to, among other things, expanding poke chain Sweetfin.

Paderno’s new menu features a slew of handmade pastas and risottos, the latter of which is one of the chef’s specialties. Groups can order meat-focused mains like a braised pork shank or whole roasted chicken. The opening menu is below.

Estrella returns under Paderno’s tutelage on August 10. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, with happy hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and dinner 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (those extend to 11 p.m. on weekends). Brunch is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

8800 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA