Sparrow
Sparrow | Photo courtesy of Sparrow
Sparrow | Photo courtesy of Sparrow

Sparrow

Los Angeles
Italian Restaurant
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The historic Hotel Figueroa’s new coastal Italian eatery is set within its sexy covered patio, flanked by a dramatic wrought-iron bar, original fireplace, and vintage chandeliers. Here, co-executive chefs Jan Claudio and AJ McCloud—who spent time in Italy to prepare for Sparrow’s opening—shine with fresh seafood dishes like the Bluefin Tuna Tartare with truffle ponzu and a deconstructed Grilled Octopus with baby potatoes over a garlic crema. You’ll also find classic pastas (from Puttanesca to Pomodoro), pizzas (including a Wagyu Alla Vodka version!), and mains like Chicken Parm and Grilled Branzino. The cocktail list features drinks named after Mediterranean destinations, with dramatic tableside presentations.
How to book: via Sevenrooms.

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Courtesy of Noble 33 Hospitality, this new downtown dining destination offers modern coastal cuisine against a whimsical backdrop of European and Mediterranean-inspired design elements, including arched, cathedral-like entryways, vintage chandeliers, and hanging light fixtures. Culinary director AJ McCloud and executive chef Jan Claudio spent time in Italy in preparation for this opening, studying local ingredients and food preparation techniques. This attention-to-detail is on display in dishes like the herbaceous Pistachio Pesto with radiatore, grana padano, mascarpone crema, and arugula, and Wagyu Alla Vodka Pizza with Wagyu beef sausage and Calabrian peppers. The Eggplant Parmigiana, Grilled Branzino, and Lamb Shank Osso Buco are notable main courses—or go all out with a market-priced Lobster al Forno. Don’t sleep on desserts like Tiramisu with chocolate espresso sauce and ladyfingers, or a craft cocktail list that features drinks named after Mediterranean destinations, with dramatic tableside presentations.
How to book: via Sevenrooms.

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Dining at this elegant restaurant in downtown’s Hotel Figueroa is a transportive experience, assisted by enchanting, Mediterranean-inspired elements (think: arched entryways, a 1920s limestone fireplace, and patterned tile insets) in a light-filled, indoor-meets-outdoor space that opens up to the hotel’s pool deck. With an emphasis on sustainable and organic ingredients, Sparrow’s coastal Italian menu—as well as its innovative cocktails and well-edited selection of French and Italian wines—keeps pace with the resort-like surroundings. Pizzas, pastas, and wood-fired dishes come with a made-you-think twist, like Pistachio Pesto Radiatore or a wagyu-sausage-flecked vodka pie. Dessert lovers will appreciate the respectable sweets menu—which includes everything from Bread Pudding Panettone to creamy Panna Cotta. Sip on an after-dinner amaro (there’s a list of over 25!), and suddenly it’s easy to pretend you’re somewhere along the Amalfi Coast instead of DTLA.
How to book: via SevenRooms.

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Located in the historic Hotel Figueroa, Sparrow is a delight for both your tastebuds and eyes. The European and Mediterranean-inspired architecture features cathedral-like arched entryways, marble, tile insets, wood elements, and soft lights. The menu helmed by chefs AJ McCloud and Jan Claudio features updated Italian and Mediterranean classics, with standout creations like a Wagyu Alla Vodka Pizza, Lamb Shank Osso Bucco, and meatballs that will have you ready to say, “‘Til death do us part.”
How to book: Reservations via Sevenrooms highly recommended; walk-ins accepted.

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