Mayfair buzz continues apace with Banca, the glamorous new eatery from Zuma’s Peter and Arjun Waney and Il Baretto’s Giuliano Lotto.
No culinary cleverness here, just rapturously rich classic Northern Italian cuisine in an appropriately fashiony, Italian-esque setting: sleek black and white marble flooring, gorgeous nouveau-deco chandeliers, luxurious leather booths, and original details from its former life as a swank bank building (thus the name). For those not seeking the full indulgence, there’s an aperitivi menu at the bar. A private downstairs dining area is on the way.
Located in the swank Luxe City Center Hotel and near Figueroa Street and Olympic Boulevard (hence the name), Bravo Top Chef Alex Reznik’s new FigOly creates a tempting Northern Italian-influenced brand of California cuisine (with references to Bellgaio, Cinque Terre, and glorious Toscana).
And where else could one hope to order something as cross-continentally intriguing as warm buffalo mozzarella topped with macerated strawberries and black pepper nestled into a bed mâche? There’s even a Mamma Mia cocktail. A massive al fresco space and private cabanas offer epic views of the Downtown skyline.