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Pacific Palisades Adds Spiffy New Pasta Contender This Weekend

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Tratto opens just before the deluge that is Caruso’s Palisades Village

Hanging pictures inside Tratto
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The former Tivoli Cafe space in the Pacific Palisades has gotten a nice little flip, turning into a different kind of casual Italian option called Tratto instead.

There are obvious parallels in both the space and menu between Tivoli and Tratto, and indeed the ownership behind the restaurant remains largely the same. What has changed is the on-site operators, including longtime Terroni and Mozza manager Enrico Bortoluzzi. He’ll be joined by chef Samuele Minin, who spent years at Hostaria del Piccolo in Santa Monica.

In terms of food and space, expect a lot of classic Italian staples, like pasta made by hand, plus pizzas, whole dinner entrees like branzino, and lighter fare like salads and sandwiches for lunch. There will also be beer and wine available both inside the wood-lined room, and out on the patio in the front. The opening menu is below.

Oh yes we are coming...

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Perhaps most interestingly, Tratto opens a month before and just around the corner from Palisades Village, the giant new Caruso project that is keen to completely overhaul the entire community. There are nearly a dozen restaurants and many more retail outlets coming, including Blue Ribbon Sushi, projects by Renee Erickson out of Seattle, and beyond.

Tratto should open for friends and family service this weekend, followed by a bigger reveal next week. Expect daily hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. eventually, with brunch on the weekends as well. And no, the restaurant is not affiliated with the popular San Francisco Italian spot of the same name.

Tratto. 15306 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.