I have been so lucky to be working with the people at Terronias they prepare for their first day of service in the new Downtown LA location. These people know how to open restaurants, and if I have learned anything in the past few months, it’s that consistency is everything, as are good people. There is a palpable excitement as the seconds tick by towards the grand opening. The food has been amazing out of this shiny new kitchen, and the staff is excited and happy to be working in such a glamorous, fun new place. The wine program? Don’t even get me started. Amazing.
I thought I’d share a few pictures of the beautiful chaos that defines this special moment in a restaurant’s life.
New kitchen- lots of windows and natural light, all sparkling and clean. This place will never look the same!
Floor to (cahtedral) ceiling walk-in windows. I love that you can see right into their pantry… pasta drying, prosciutto dangling, cans of Italian tomatoes lining the walls. I want to move in.
Chef Antonio Giordano- looking handsome (and exhausted) as ever. Opening a new restaurant while still running your own kitchen at the existing location is NOT easy.
New bar program to learn, craft cocktails, classics re-invented. Gorgeous zinc bar, soft leather bar stools, beautiful people.
Enjoying the bar already…
View from the ladies’ lounge upstairs. Can we just hang out up here all night?
View from one of my favorite spots at a booth in front of the Pass- all the food comes out here. You can watch the action and see the magic happen in this kitchen.
I love the sense of friendship within the Terroni restaurants- these lovely ladies normally work in the West Hollywood location, but came downtown last night to support their work-family. Did you notice a theme here with all the beautiful people?
View from another of my favorite tables in the front of the restaurant, with huge cathedral windows gazing out on Spring Street. Looks like Trouble to me!
More adorable, happy people. Danielle and Francesca, enjoying a moment of relaxation before the big opening tomorrow.
And who doesn’t like pizza?
Bravo, Terroni! Benvenuti a Downtown, e tanti, tanti auguri!