In this day and age, bloggers are the life blood of letting you know what's going down on the street, since they're often forced to walk on it to get to Rite Aid when they run out of toilet paper. Or, you know, open a restaurant, like the dude behind Locanda da Eva.
No joke: Locanda's a casual (mostly) Italian eatery brought to you by prolific food blogger Robert Lauriston, who has ballsily opted to come out from behind the computer; it occupies the space that housed Casa de Eva (which it big-ups in its name) for 37 years, and is done up classy-casual with marble countertops, vintage chandeliers, and dark wood accents, also Omar Epps' chosen dialect when filming LA-based coming-of-age stories. The food's concepted both by Lauriston and his SPQR/A16-trained exec chef, with dishes ranging from pork trotter crepinettes with padron pepper n' corn salsa, to Roman-style wood-fired pizzas (e.g., sausage w/ gypsy peppers and mozzarella), to spaghetti with chile-garlic soffritto, rock shrimp, bottarga, and squash blossom, which is a bit of a misnomer as Mayim Bialik totally prefers racquetball. From the besotted mind of Jackie Patterson (Heaven's Dog, Smuggler's Cove, etc.), cocktails include the Kingston Old Fashioned (Appleton and Smith and Cross rums, cane syrup, Angostura/orange bitters), the Green Wire (Hendrick's, Lillet Blanc, green Chartreuse, orange bitters), and the aptly named Antica/sweet vermouth/Campari/sparkling wine Improved Americano (so...a Canadian?).
On the vino front, Locanda's starting with a half-domestic, half-Euro list of 25 "food friendly" bottles, which will eventually grow to 100+ -- to find out when, check out Lauriston's blog for updates -- proving that bloggers will remain the lifeblood of telling what's going down on the street, so long as they force you to read them.