With celebrities in the dining room and a chef in the kitchen who’s been the subject of a glowing documentary, Mother Wolf may be the hottest restaurant in town. It certainly has all the flash and style of a hotspot: red leather and gold lamps, ornate wallpaper and beautiful high ceilings. The menu is similarly opulent, dedicated to the Eternal City through and through, with crispy thin pizzas, classic pastas executed at the highest level, and a rich selection of proteins for your main course. With yet another Italian stunner at the top of the food chain, maybe now the rest of the world can retire the tired trope about carb-phobic Angelenos.
Quickly becoming LA’s favorite new Roman-Italian restaurant, this sexy spot from pasta aficionado Evan Funke landed in the historic Citizen News Building in Hollywood’s Vinyl District in early 2022. You’ll feel transported to a Roman banquet hall as you settle into red leather booths alongside intricate lamps and vases bursting with extravagant arrangements. Here you’ll find the handmade pasta dishes that catapulted Funke’s Felix to international acclaim, as well as blistered, wood-fired pies, and starters like ricotta-stuffed squash blossoms and blue prawns drizzled in a garlic salsa verde, though you’d do well to save room for Secondi plates like Branzino Alla Brace (for two) and 60-day Dry-Aged Prime Rib. The cocktails are strong without being overpowering, and a large selection of Italian wines are available by the glass.
Evan Funke, the pasta prodigy behind Felix, one of LA’s most beloved Italian stalwarts, recently opened this plush and romantic spot in Hollywood’s upcoming Vinyl District that acts as an ode to Roman cuisine. Here you’ll find classic interpretations of Roman pizzas and pastas, like a Clasica pie with buffalo mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, prosciutto, and wild arugula on top of a chewy and crispy blistered crust; and Rigatoncini Alla Vaccinara with oxtail ragu, guanciale, red pepper flakes, and pecorino romano DOP. The DOP categorization that you’ll see next to a handful of ingredients across the menu refers to the Protected Designation of Origin—meaning the ingredient is produced, processed, and packaged in a specific geographical area and according to tradition. Also not to be missed are the craft cocktails and a lengthy Italian wine list.
Hollywood is gradually shedding its image as a hedonistic playground and quickly becoming a destination for some of the city’s most exciting fine dining concepts. Case in point: Evan Funke’s Mother Wolf, the chef’s ode to Roman cuisine and sequel to Venice’s Felix, features dim lighting, plush velvet seating, and metal accents in the historic Citizens News building. The menu is similarly captivating, featuring the handmade pastas that propelled Funke to celebrity chef status, plus wafer-thin Roman-style pies and hyper-seasonal antipasti. A handful of craft cocktails are available to order, but the lengthy Italian wine list is most deserving of your attention. Sober dates will appreciate the N/A-Groni with Lyre Aperitif Rosso, London Dry, and Italian Orange soda.
How to book: online.