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After an amazing and inspiring visit to The Broad Museum we made our way over to Vespaio for a leisurely lunch. This lovely, elegant Italian restaurant is just a few steps away from the museum. Super convenient.
Vespaio opened its doors about a year ago and is brought to us from AGO Restaurant’s (Tuscan-style) Chef Agostino Sciandri. Designed by Ralph Gentile Architects, the dining room and glorious patio are both extremely comfortable and pleasant, featuring high ceilings, multi-colored glass fixtures, and decadent deep leather couches.
After sipping signature cocktails, we settled in and ordered up! We began with Baby Artichoke Carpaccio (with wild rucola, Parmigiano and lemon olive oil dressing), the “special salad” of Arugula, Endive and Gorgonzola, and Funghi Pizza (with tomato, mozzarella, and mixed mushrooms). The special salad was a standout and was light, refreshing and very delicious. The pizza was also pretty special.
Next we sampled the Linguini Vongole (clams and zucchini), Homemade Tuscan Kale and Ricotta Ravioli (served in a butter sage sauce), and a whole Roasted Branzino (white fish) with Broccoli Rabe. The ravioli and linguini were to die for. We finished up with chocolate mousse. Simply divine. Check it out!
Vespaio is located at 225 S. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A.