The latest trend in Los Angeles area dining is abject maximalism, a more-is-more approach to food (think caviar service everywhere), menu formats (ahem Birdie G’s), and design. West Hollywood’s brand new Olivetta, a sparkling Melrose Avenue showpiece from Matt and Marissa Hermer of the Draycott in the Pacific Palisades, has definitely gotten the note.
Olivetta combines not only big culinary talent in former Love & Salt chef Michael Fiorelli, but also with its design from Tom Parker of Fettle. The former Au Fudge address has been outfitted with four different dining areas, starting with a sun-drenched front room complete with fireplace, and a lounge-y so-called “living room” with wide leather banquette seating and views to Melrose beyond.
Further down the main hallway is the sweeping and colorful primary dining room, complete with fabric ceiling and energetic glow. The final piece of the puzzle is a second interior drinking and snacking area with its own rounded bar that can double as a space for live music in the evenings. Geffen Records president Neil Jacobson is on to curate music, including all-vinyl DJ nights.
As for the food, Fiorelli will continue to lean on a lifetime of Italian cooking with dishes like rye macaroni and fennel sausage along with more pan-Mediterranean flavors found in grilled Spanish octopus, baby carrots with pistachio and feta, or a branzino with lemon conserva. Melina Meza will oversee the cocktails, and Eric Railsback handles wine. The opening menus are below.
Olivetta opens tonight in West Hollywood, keeping dinner hours only to start from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (11 p.m. Friday and Saturday). The bar runs nightly until midnight, or 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Expect brunch in the coming months.
Olivetta. 9010 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood.