The Vietnamese restaurant Blossom in Atwater Village, which opened in 2021 and served its final bowl of noodles on November 17, just flipped into a casual Italian restaurant called Spina. Blossom’s owner Duc Pham is a partner in the new business along with chef Pablo Cruz. (Pham also brought the white-hot Florence, Italy sandwich shop All’Antico Vinaio to Los Angeles, taking over a former location of Blossom as well.) Spina will be open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner soon.
The name Spina, which has a variety of meanings in Italian including a thorn, a plug, and a beverage available on draft, offers an “eclectic vibe” befitting of the restaurant, a representative for the restaurant tells Eater.
Cruz, who was mentored by Eataly’s executive chef Antonio Giordano and spent time in the kitchens of Terroni, L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele, and Terra at Eataly, is preparing classic Italian recipes with a special focus on pasta. The opening line-up includes cacio e pepe, ricotta-stuffed ravioli with butter and sage, lobster linguine in tomato sauce, and more. (The full menu is below.) Spina sources its bevy of noodles from Mani In Pasta, a wholesale handmade Italian pasta company founded by one of the restaurant’s partners, Niccolo Di Spes.
The menu’s antipasti selection includes crowd-pleasers like meatballs in tomato sauce, fried calamari, and burrata with prosciutto, while grilled salmon, a prime ribeye steak, and a tomahawk pork chop are just a few of the restaurant’s larger secondi dishes. Tiramisu and panna cotta are available for dessert. The all-Italian wine list is tightly curated and features eight pours available by the glass, plenty more by the bottle, and a $12 spritz.
While Blossom was well received by Atwater Village residents, Pham and his partners are betting that an Italian restaurant will fare even better. If All’Antico Vinaio’s success indicates Pham’s ability to provide Angelenos what they want, he’ll likely have a hit on his hands.
Spina is located at 3193 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039, and is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.