Los Angeles is in the midst of a sandwich micro-renaissance of late, with many new places carrying a particular East Coast deli aesthetic. That’s certainly the case with the new Pirolo’s Panino, the unassuming Italian upstart landing along Melrose Avenue next Tuesday.
It might be easy to assume, just walking past, that Pirolo’s has been around a while. The place carries a kind of modern-classic vibe, complete with compact menus hanging from one wall and no-nonsense stools for dining along the low counter that runs the length of the room. The is the former Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese address, but rethought to be even brighter, airier, and more comfortable.
The food side of Pirolo’s offers a similarly subdued upgrade. The menu — shown below — reads like any ubiquitous East Coast deli, complete with salads, some light pastas, and meatball and chicken parm sandwiches. But Pirolo’s carries with it the backing of namesake chef Michael Pirolo, a James Beard semi-finalist out of Miami, as well as longtime hospitality vet John Kolaski of the newly-formed K2 Restaurants group.
Pirolo’s Panino officially opens for business on Tuesday, keeping daily hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The first 100 diners who show up on Tuesday will be treated to free sandwiches as long as they follow Pirolo’s on Instagram.
7461 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA