Went to Terroni last night--Beverly and Curson, site of the old Authentic Cafe. It will be a pizzeria with other stuff, great wine, not unlike P. Mozza nearby. It is not open yet and the owner threw a party for about 30 friends. I went with some wine importing buddies. Staff all Italians from Canada, humble with no LA attitude whatsoever. Chef from Bologna.
Firstly, the space is gorgeous--very clean Italian lines, much higher ceiling than Authentic, and the snazziest espresso-machine-centered bar ever.
The dinner didn't start until 11 PM, and consisted of 8-9 courses (!), and no pizza since the pizza chef wasn't in yet. Stewed beans with sauteed chicory. Parmesan-crusted wild mushrooms over bitter arugula, a lasagna that will give Gino Angelini a run for his money, as well as the most perfect papadelle with pork and more mushrooms. Fresh Italian chocolate cakes were baked at the end. Much more I am forgetting.
To my mind, as good or better food than the pizzeria at Mozza, notwithstanding the pizza's, which I haven't tried at Terroni. But to me the pizza's at Mozza were not as good as the rest of the food, and NOT authentic in any way--these likely will be. The owner will also have a strict no modifications, no substitutions policy, not unlike a famous burger-serving bar. He will not even cut pizza's-they will be whole.
Have no idea what the prices will be, but I am thinking affordable. Even the service was great. A near flawless experience.
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