I know someone mentioned earlier on the board that both Chianti's were closing. I guess seeing the sign for the new place hanging over the old awning made it hit home.
I think that this is a sad loss for LA. So many places come and go in this town and most without much character. Chianti, the formal room side, had a mystic and charm to it that you just can't find elsewhere in Los Angeles. Dark wood and dark lighting; an attentive, knowledgable and well-dressed wait-staff and the feeling that you had gone back in time made it such a pleasurable experience. The extra-added bonus was that the food was consistently good, as well.
On top of this, was the fact that every time I ate there I knew that I would have some sort of celebrity siting/experience, whether it was sitting across from Marilyn Manson or next to Steve Martin.
A truly old hollywood favorite...gone. Sniff.