Chef Chad Colby must be smiling, knowing that on Friday night his long-awaited near-Larchmont restaurant Antico will actually open to the world. The restaurant has been in the works for several years, but now the time has come to get down to grilling meat, rolling out pasta, and pouring lots and lots of vintage wine.
Per the LA Times, Colby will begin taking reservations shortly for an opening on Friday night along Beverly Boulevard. The unassuming space sits in a small strip mall just to the west of Western, at the edges of Hollywood, Larchmont, and Koreatown. Colby hopes the whole thing (there’s a parking lot out front) feels sort of like Trois Mec, chef Ludo Lefebvre’s tasting menu strip mall restaurant along Highland; that is to say surprising, hidden, and absolutely delicious.
Antico is Colby’s first big project since leaving Chi Spacca several years ago. He has taken the time to continue honing his meat-over-flame skills, but will also be pushing into handmade pastas and other Italian specialities, including shareable veggie platters for the whole table to enjoy. Partner Kevin Caravelli will oversee a wine program that skews vintage, and Eleven Madison Park alum Brad Ray is in to work pastry and ice cream.
Colby’s Antico opens this Friday, and will keep dinner hours only moving forward, Monday through Friday to start.
Antico. 4653 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.