With a history of luxury dining and legendary nightlife, the Sunset Strip has long served as a playground for Hollywood’s biggest stars. The newest kid on the block? Lavo Ristorante, an Italian restaurant owned by the famous Tao Group Hospitality.
This al fresco restaurant has already made a splash on the Los Angeles scene, attracting a wave of celebrity patrons. Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kendall Jenner have all been spotted at Lavo, in addition to Hilary Duff, Mario Lopez and Shay Mitchell ♥. It’s basically the new Nobu Malibu.
Lavo Ristorante is located directly across from Soho House and just minutes from the Beverly Hills apartments in the heart of all things West Hollywood. But when you enter this unique space, you will immediately feel as if you have been transported to Europe. With dishes inspired by the Italian coast and a decor reminiscent of the Mediterranean, this chic open-air concept offers an indoor/outdoor dining experience all year round.
In contrast to the nightlife of popular Lavo locations in New York City and Las Vegas, this West Coast flagship offers a lighter and brighter aesthetic with an emphasis on fine dining — Southern California ambience influenced by Italian architecture. Natural light floods into Lavo Ristorante’s spacious dining room, which is characterized by triple-height ceilings with retractable roofs and accordion windows. Designed in collaboration with Venice-based Studio Collective, this LA venue includes marble-topped cocktail tables, glass chandeliers and plush banquettes. There’s even a lush tree in the center of the restaurant, further enhancing the airy space into an urban oasis.
Paired with the tasteful furnishings is the tasty menu of dishes and drinks kiss of the chef. Tao Group Hospitality Chief Culinary Officer Ralph Scamardella has incorporated Lavo’s signature classics and added new Italian dishes. Fresh pasta and whole-wheat pizzas reign supreme, along with an extensive menu of wood-fired steaks, seafood and salads. Be sure to leave room for dessert — the 20-tier chocolate cake is a sight to behold.
get drinks? Try one of Lavo’s signature cocktails, like the Lavo-lini with vodka, lychee, white cranberry and raspberry caviar. Or choose from over 230 wine bottles instead. The possibilities are endless!
Perfect for date nights or girls’ nights out, this trendy hotspot is the place to see and be seen. Who knows? You can even toast breaking Bad alum AaronPaul or tennis champion Serena Williams next time you’re there (just two more stars on a long list of celebrity sightings).
Lavo Ristorante is open Tuesday through Sunday for brunch, lunch and dinner at 9201 Sunset Boulevard. For reservations visit taogroup.com/venues/lavo-ristorante-los-angeles/ or Open Table.