An old-fashioned Eagle Rock restaurant is now a stylish Capri Club aperitif bar
Eagle Rock’s former red sauce restaurant Capri has been reinvented as Capri Club, a new Italian aperitif bar and restaurant created by a trio of industry veterans. Owner Robert Fleming, formerly of Bar Covell, has renovated the space back to its 1960s foundation, installing red leather booths, wood-panelled walls and a sleek circular bar for the beverage manager and partner of Nic Vascocu holding (formerly of Bavel, Austin’s Uchi and Uchiko and Acme of New York). Vascocu oversees a program focused on independent, small-batch and one-off Italian and American amari, as well as signature cocktails, Negroni variations, spritzes, a rotation of frozen cocktails and ABV-free drinks. The culinary menu, from consultant chef Francesco Allegro (Rossoblu), includes Italian sea bass bites such as tuna-stuffed peppers, charcuterie, meatballs and fried pasta. The Capri Club is open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and 4-11 p.m. Sunday, with extended hours to follow.
4604 Eagle Rock Boulevard, Los Angeles, capriclublosangeles.com
Santa Monica Sushi Brothers
Woodland Hills’ Brothers Sushi has expanded to Santa Monica, bringing chef Mark Okuda’s Japanese cuisine to the Westside. Opened with a limited menu, the new location seats eight at the sushi bar, which currently only offers omakase, with tables for a la carte dishes – namely sushi and sashimi – and sake everywhere. . While the sushi menu echoes that of the Valley, as the Santa Monica location’s menu and hours expand, other dishes that appeared more tapas-like in Woodland Hills will do here. to large-format meals, such as a sea bass butter lettuce wrap that will instead arrive in a bigger piece with lettuce and family-style toppings. Brothers Sushi Santa Monica is now open from noon to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
1008 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, (424) 330-0270, thebrotherssushi.com
Pizzana Silver Lake
Daniele Uditi’s famous Neapolitan and Californian pizzas are heading to Silver Lake this fall. The famous Pizzana expands beyond its Brentwood, West Hollywood and Sherman Oaks outposts with a 30-seat location offering the local chain’s seasonal pies made with 48-hour fermented dough, as well as salads and small plates. Pizzana Silver Lake, in the former Vive Le Tarte space, will also offer cocktails, beer and wine; take-out frozen pizzas; special rotating sandwiches; and Uditi’s popular pasta nights.
3515 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, pizzana.com
Figueroa Mountain Brewery
Santa Barbara brewery Figueroa Mountain Brewing is set to take over four Los Angeles bars after acquiring them from the prolific local hotel group Artisanal Brewers Collective. The Stalking Horse Brewery and Freehouse in West LA, the Bluebird Brewery space in Sherman Oaks and Broxton Brewery & Public House in Westwood Village will all transition to tasting rooms and restaurants that will spotlight the brewery’s own pours in the months to come, while Echo Park’s Mohawk Bend will remain unchanged beyond its new management. Stalking Horse will become the Mexican restaurant and bar Agua Santa Cervecería, Broxton will become a tavern for experimental beers and the old Bluebird Brewery is set to reopen as Figueroa Mountain Lagerhaus. ABC founder Tony Yanow and hotel group staff will remain involved in bar operations.
Bay Area restaurateur Gianni Chiloiro, of pizzeria Doppio Zero, recently expanded his operations to Southern California with Nardò. Huntington Beach’s new Southern Italian-inspired restaurant offers freshly prepared pizza and pasta with a view to the dining room; grilled whole branzino; polpo fritto; Pizza Calzone; prosciutto with burrata; potato croquettes with truffle fondue; salads; spritz and an Italian wine list. Events such as a monthly wine dinner are in the works. Nardò is now open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday and from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
21022 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, (657) 204-9830, nardoitalian.com