- By SPARK O’CONNELL
- Photo By PAIGE PETRONE
Fia Restaurant, located on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, is an unexpected gem. From the creative mind of Chef Brendan Collins who also brought us Birch & Waterloo and City, it’s no wonder this beautiful new establishment not only excites your taste buds but takes you out of LA straight to a little courtyard somewhere in a European village where your cares fly away and all you have to do is enjoy yourself with close friends and amazing food.
With a wide range of cuisine from which to choose it’s easy to see the knowledge, care, and love that goes into each dish. For instance, the Hamachi, Leche de Tigre, Basil, Radish dish was so bright, refreshing, and full of flavor I could have just eaten it all night. The pasta is made in-house so be sure to save room so you can try at least two kinds (if not more!) — especially the Cavatelli, Black Truffle, Parmesan, and Brown Butter. Simple and elegant, this will definitely be the showstopper of the evening and everyone at the table will want a bite.
Along with the food and atmosphere, the staff is kind, attentive and informative about all the special ingredients that go into the dishes and cocktails. They also have beautiful exclusive areas for private dining or special events. Next time you are in the area make sure to get a reservation at Fia!
Fia Restaurant is located at 2454 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica.