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Ralph Gentile Architects is one of the top go-to boutique architecture firms for restaurants and hospitality.


Truxton's takes to Torrance

Casual American cuisine option Truxton’s is now serving in the South Bay, landing their latest location at the Hillside Village property in Torrance. The easygoing all-day restaurant option also enjoys locations in Santa Monica and Westchester.

For those who may not know, Truxton’s bills itself as an American bistro fit for the whole family. That means the usual fare — burgers, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, you name it — but with added sections for healthier plates and vegetarian entrees. The restaurant also provides beer, wine, and cocktails.

Jonathon Gold Reviews RivaBella


Angelini Osteria is almost everyone's favorite Italian restaurant in midtown: an informal room with well-designed trattoria cooking, a place to settle into for a plate of bombolotti or a Sunday saltimbocca, where whatever diet you happen to be on at the time will be accommodated without a fuss. Some nights, it feels as if everybody in the room knows one another, but you're in on the party too. You drink well, you eat well and you go home. A lot of chefs have come out of that kitchen, including Ori Menashe of Bestia.

But while Gino Angelini, the owner and chef, is a genial presence in the osteria, bouncing from table to table in his trademark red skullcap when he is in the mood, a certain contingent of his customers has always wished that he had a bigger stage, especially after his restaurant La Terza closed a couple of years ago. Angelini, a native of Rimini on the Adriatic coast, was the last chef at Mauro Vincenti's Rex, the grandest restaurant ever to open in Los Angeles, and then at Vincenti, the brilliant Italian restaurant in Brentwood — he is capable of cooking at the very highest level...

5 Reasons You’re Going to Love Roku Sunset

If you’re looking for a scene with some innovative food and hard-bodied waiters as eye candy, Roku Sunset is your jam.

The fifth collaboration for the creative team of Innovative Dining Group and Ralph Gentile Architects, located on the corner of Sunset and Doheny, is a 5,550 square food feast for the senses. Visually, it’s stunning. The redesigned façade features grand mahogany windows which pivot outwards, while seating includes an eclectic combination of upholstered booths, settees and Mid-Century ‘hair pin’ chairs. Leather armchairs and upholstered side chairs are paired with flamed white oak tables enhancing a relaxed, stylish feel.

Then there’s the manicured cypress trees. A tree grows in Brooklyn, you say? Well, they also grow in Los Angeles. These arbors, placed in oversized earthen pots, provide a soft screening effect between restaurant areas and add some kitsch to the decor.

Magnolia House

Magnolia House is now open in the former Magnolia bar space on South Lake Avenue in Pasadena. John and Chris Bicos of Bicos Hospitality (The Original Tops and Gus's BBQ) have transformed the space into a restaurant and cocktail lounge with cocktails and wine by Evan Zimmerman. Drinks include The Lumberjack's Breakfast with Blended Islay Scotch, Bonded Applejack, cardamom, maple syrup, lemon juice and egg white, and The Italian Fling with Nicaraguan rum, sweet vermouth, Campari, aromatic bitters. To accompany the drinks, chef Kyu Yi has a small plates menu with roasted beets and burrata, sashimi, shrimp toast, loukoumades Greek doughnuts and more. The space, designed by Ralph Gentile Architects, features a brick entrance, black-and-white chevron bar and a large olive tree in the bar area. Magnolia House is open Monday to Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Thursday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. 492 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, (626) 584-1126, www.themaghouse.com.

The Today SHow


“I want you to feel almost like you stumbled into a hug,” said Roy Choi, owner of A-Frame, a south L.A. restaurant that’s one of the city’s loudest. According to a sound meter, the noise level was similar to a lawnmower, or a Boeing 737 taking off from 100 feet away. NBC’s Mike Taibbi reports.