Tokyo-Italian cuisine became popular in the ‘90s when Michelin-starred Italian chefs began opening outposts in Japanese cities, which led to Italian and Japanese chefs preparing those dishes with Japanese techniques and ingredients. Now Hollywood’s Vinyl District is getting in on the trend thanks to Ozumo Concepts opening the first California location of Magari, which features bleached wood details alongside gold accents and potted plants strewn throughout the space. Sicilian-born Enrico Merendino serves as executive chef, while James Beard award winner Tony Messina acts as consulting chef over a menu that includes highlights like Grilled Yari Ika Squid with tuna puttanesca and Seaweed Lumache. The beverage menu takes similar inspiration, evident in craft cocktails like the tropical Tokyo Iced Tea with gin, melon, jasmine tea, lemon, and soda, and the Dirty Martini with vodka, tomato water, sansho pepper, amontillado, bordiga dry, and umami.
How to book: Make a reservation online. Order takeout online.