When 20-year-old Pane e Vino shuttered over a year ago, locals mourned the loss. They also wondered what would happen to the trattoria’s lush outdoor patio, widely regarded as one of the best open-air dining spaces in LA. The answer came in January, when Sirena Restaurant opened in the space, with an updated patio that operates as a handsome extension of the dining room. Nice as it is, Sirena’s food just might upstage the space.
There’s more going on here than the chic, reclaimed-wood décor and oceanic vibe. Organic, locally sourced ingredients are the building blocks for crudos, antipasti, soups, and homemade pastas. A wood-fired oven produces breads and pizzas, and there are a la carte fish and meat dishes with a large number of vegetable sides. A pizza with house-smoked salmon, oysters on the half shell, pappardelle with short rib ragu, braised lamb shank: Chowhound BSW6490 didn’t find an off dish in the bunch. “There are not many places like it,” BSW6490 says.
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