There’s a fantastic new place for wood-fired pizza now open in Mid-City/Melrose Avenue and it’s called Ronan. Sotto and Alimento veteran Daniel Cutler oversees this pizza and small plates restaurant with wife and general manager Caitlin Cutler. The two worked at Sotto together, though Caitlin has experience at Hatchet Hall and Huckleberry after a career in corporate finance in New York City. Meanwhile, Daniel handles everything dough-related on the menu, with inventive pizzas boasting supple but charred crusts, levain bread with a wonderfully brown crust, and unexpectedly fun small plates like grilled asparagus with cured egg yolk and preserved lemon aioli.
The shareable dishes expand to an additive chicken liver pate (Cutler also developed the highly regarded chicken liver dish at Alimento), served with cracker-like pane carasau. There’s some larger things here too, from a grilled whole snapper with fermented green tomato and roasted fennel, good enough for a big table, or a grilled Pead’s & Barnett’s fennel pollen-dusted pork chop that Cutler butchers himself. Check out the opening food and drink menus here.
On the drinks side, bar director Nick Meyer (Tesse, Sotto) assembles a whimsical set of cocktail leaning on seasonal ingredients like a Jerusalem Cruiser that mixes Israeli midori, purslane, lemon, and floc de gascogne, best drunk with a side of sliced coppa. The 70 seat restaurant has a long communal table in the dining room plus some four-top booths. Outside, there’s a long line of tables that can accommodate larger groups and anyone looking for fresh air. Interior design comes from NYC-based Michael Groth (who went to high school with Caitlin) with custom millwork from Third Life Design’s Dave Meyer (Nick’s father and honorary “dad” to the restaurant team).
Ronan opened Sunday, September 2 and will serve daily (except Tuesday when it’s closed) from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on weekdays, with a later midnight closure on weekends. Book a table on Resy.
Ronan. 7315 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046.