Had a truly wonderful meal at this new Brentwood restaurant last night.
The space is blond wood and casual, configured a bit like Pizzicotto. The menu, service, and convivial mood are reminiscent of a slightly more modest Angelini. The voltage is lower than at Angelini, but I suspect that may change fairly soon as this place is inevitably discovered. The chef and owner (not sure if it's a chef/owner or two people) come from Mulholland Grill. I don't hang out much in that neighborhood and have never heard of the restaurant, but perhaps some one else will know the story.
We were served a toothsome bit of polenta and porcini for an amuse. My friend had the insalata tricolore which was a whole salad, piled high and glistening and topped with slates of parmesan, followed by a rack of New Zealand lamb. I had a half order of spaghetti alla bottarga with truffle oil followed by petrale sole with shellfished cooked en papillote (actually en reynolds wrap). He drank the chianti classico and I the nebbiolo from a nice short by the glass list, and like other parties we saw, we were given a glass of champagne/sorbet/italian meringue for dessert (does this drink have a name?)
Everything was simple and well executed and the bill for all this (three glasses of wine and Ducale sparkling water included) was under $100. Very happy to find a nice, comfortable, mature new restaurant and recommend it highly.