The Distinguished Gourmand: Rossoblu
Are we right in the thick of an Italian restaurant revival in Los Angeles? I kind of feel like this year — and going back as far as the start of 2016 — has seen an influx of new trattorias, osterias, etc. around town. From Officine BRERA to Felix Trattoria, Kettle Black, The Ponte, Cosa Buona, and now Rossoblu…there’s definitely way more options for Italian than there used to be. And I’m sure there are more planned openings coming between now and the end of the year. When does Eataly open again? Next year? That should signify the peak of the renaissance/resurgence.
The last time Dinner Club got together we were half-enjoying (and half-underwhelmed by) Beauty & Essex. This month’s dinner was planned by Club member David, who kept us in suspense for way too long before revealing date/time/location. The successful venture was the third in three months for Dinner Club. Go us! We’ve almost made this a regular thing. Of course, as I type that I am reminded that Nate is making us all wait until Mid-August to choose our next destination so he can invite a top secret guest…whose name he’s already revealed with almost childlike glee. God dammit, Nate.
Rossoblu opened just six weeks ago. You wouln’t know it from the quality of service and food, though. Our experience with a party of six ran like a well-oiled machine. We were seated promptly at 8:30pm after enjoying a pre-meal cocktail at the bar. Service was on point, everyone was super attentive and we never felt rushed through our meal. If I had any qualms with the experience, it was that Maryn twice asked our server for recommendations and both of the dishes he suggested were…not very good. Oh well. Sometimes you have to forge your own path in life (and at restaurants). We live and we learn. We won’t make the same mistake again!
Yes, we probably will.
Just kidding. Right after our drinks were finished we paid the bill and headed our separate ways for the night. I hailed an Uber back to my little house in the hills, and everyone else jammed into the same car and headed to Echo Park / Silver Lake area. Apparently their Uber was more adventurous, as their driver spoke openly about getting drunk and driving people around town…while he was on the clock driving a car full of people around town. Terrifying.
Next Club meeting is in August. Between now and then I’ll update my 25 Meals list to keep you all hipped to what I’ve been enjoying around town so far this year.
Colour Haze – Black Lily [MP3]
See what I did there? A German band to close out a review of an Italian restaurant. I’m mimicking our wine choice! Ha! Ingenious!
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