The team behind Tao, Beauty & Essex and the Highlight Room opened a new indoor/outdoor Italian seaside restaurant on the Sunset Strip this week. A sister concept to Italian restaurant Lavo — which operates Tao Group Hospitality in New York City, Las Vegas and Singapore — Lavo Ristorante serves red shrimp crudo, veal marsala, fresh pasta, fritto misto, a 1-pound meatball, cacio e Pepe Pizza, handmade burrata and other fare for dining (seats 250) under a retractable roof. The group’s executive chef, Ralph Scamardella, oversees the menu. Craig Schoettler (formerly of Alinea and the Aviary) designed the bar program, with cocktails like an Amalfi-inspired gin and tonic (there’s also a 230-bottle wine list). Lavo Ristorante is open Sundays and Tuesdays to Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to midnight; Brunch service to follow.
9201 Sunset Blvd, Suite 100, West Hollywood, www.lavoristorante.com
Market with mom
A new monthly market spotlighting Korean-American chefs, bakers and makers is popping up across Los Angeles. Maum, a community-focused organization that supports local Korean businesses, is behind the pop-up market, which will next hit the ERA Studio in the Arts District on March 20, followed by an April 23 event at Platform Park in Culver City. Admission to the market is $5, which features 55 vendors on March 20, almost half of whom offer food and beverages such as cookies, handmade soju, coffee, tea, contemporary Korean tapas and quinoa kimbap. Follow for event updates @madewithmaum on Instagram.
1919 Bay Street, Los Angeles, madewithmaum.com/mar
Fat tomato pizza
New York pizza chain Fat Tomato has opened in Koreatown. The newest Fat Tomato — which also has locations like Hermosa Beach, San Pedro, Marina Del Rey, and Long Beach — offers whole pizzas, sliced options, salads, pastas, and appetizers like garlic knots, mozzarella sticks, and corn cheese; All sauces and dressings are homemade. Gluten-free crust and dairy-free cheese are available, as are options like a Caprese-inspired pizza, barbecue chicken pizza, and a spinach-loaded Popeye’s pie. Fat Tomato in Koreatown is open daily from 3:00 p.m. to midnight.
301 S. Western Avenue, Unit 104, (213) 277-1900, gofattomato.com
Nightclub entrepreneur Romain Zago of Miami’s Mynt Lounge has just opened an expansive dining and entertainment experience called MainRo. The 7,500-square-foot Hollywood spot fills the former Beso space and features mostly Pan-Asian fare, including sushi, stone-cooked Wagyu, caviar service, roast duck, truffle pasta, and steaks, served at two venues (6:30-8:30 and 8:30-10:30 p.m.). Both dinner seating arrangements include live performances such as bands and DJs playing on a stage designed for light shows, surrounded by reflective walls and chandeliers, all part of the act.
6350 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, (818) 514-4142, mainro.com
master of taste
The fundraising food festival Masters of Taste returns for the fifth year, bringing more than 100 representatives from restaurants, bars, bakeries, wineries and breweries to the Rose Bowl on April 3rd. Gabi James, Lunasia, Bone Kettle, Luv2Eat Thai Bistro, Poppy + Rose, Raymond 1886, Gracias Madre and more will offer unlimited bites and sips, with 100% of event ticket proceeds benefitting local non-profit Union Station Homeless Services. Vanda Asapahu of Ayara Thai Cuisine in Westchester will host the event and will lead a dining tent inspired by Thailand’s Songkran holiday. General admission ($135) includes 4pm-7pm entry, while VIP ($195) includes 3pm entry, access to special areas and exclusive tasting items.
1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, (626) 791-6677, mastersofttastela.com
Cracker Keg Kitchen Lawndale
Southern comfort food chain Cracker Barrel has launched a ghost kitchen in Hollywood last October, and on March 15 it extends to the South Bay. Meals like chicken and dumplings, hash browns and all-day breakfasts can be delivered in Lawndale via DoorDash, UberEats and Grubhub daily from 8am to 9pm.
https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2022-03-15/lavo-ristorante-opens-on-sunset-strip-with-italian-seafood-and-a-1-pound-meatball Lavo Ristorante opens on Sunset Strip with a 1-pound meatball