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Prominent Chicago Group Promises Wood-Fired Decadence in Culver City

Etta is already a Midwest star, now it’s coming to LA

Italian dishes fanned out over a wooden table, ready to serve.
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.

Word on the street is that Etta, the Chicago restaurant known for its mostly wood-fired Italian staple dishes, is coming to Los Angeles next year. While reps for the group are being tight-lipped with specifics surrounding the jump, they have confirmed that the project will land in Culver City.

Etta’s reps add that the restaurant is slated to start serving at some point in 2020, but that’s about it for hard details. One source with knowledge about the project tells Eater that Etta is coming to the Ivy Station development that is currently finishing near Platform and the Expo Line. If true, expect a large corner space at Washington and National, not far from LA Ale Works, Equator Coffee, and Mamoun’s Falafel out of New York City.

Chicago fans and food critics have fawned over Etta’s wood-fired cooking since opening in Bucktown in 2018. Parent company What If Syndicate, which also operates the steakhouse Maple & Ash, is opening a second Etta in Chicago in River North in 2020.

Other recent Chicago transplants either planned for or already running in Los Angeles include deep dish pizza highlight Gino’s East, Hollywood fried chicken destination Harold’s, and the acclaimed Girl & the Goat, which is still under construction in the Arts District.