Here in L.A., we're suckers for Italian food, and, in 2017 in particular, the restaurateurs of L.A. plan to cater to that obsession. Two of the venues on my list of mainly Italian forthcoming openings are the work of chefs who already have made important contributions to L.A.'s Italian food scene. Steve Samson and Zach Pollack launched Sotto in 2011, giving L.A. some of its most accomplished and regionally specific Italian food. In 2014, Pollack left to open Silver Lake's Alimento, a less slavishly authentic Italian restaurant than Sotto but just as serious in terms of culinary ambition. Now both have new projects in the works: Samson will open Rossoblu downtown sometime soon, and Pollack is on the verge of launching Cosa Buona in Echo Park.
On the eve of yet another round of Italian newcomers, it's worth taking another look at Alimento and Sotto. Excitement over what's shiny and new is all well and good, but sometimes we ought to pause and give thanks for the gifts we already have, lest we begin to take them for granted. Read the L.A. Weekly review here.