Hostaria del Piccolo: White Pizza & The 7 Dwarfs Cocktails
What is the big deal with Chef Roberto "Bobo" Ivan's Hostaria del Piccolo, the Santa Monica sister to his Piccolo restaurant in Venice? Well, not only does the modern pizza joint offer gluten-free pie -- made with naturally leavened dough comprised of kamut, soy and polenta flour -- but they have a gorgeously stocked bar (specifically all the fixings for an awesome Manhattan, including the formerly scarce Rittenhouse 100) and a promising cocktail menu.
Turns out cocktail godfather Vincenzo Marianella (Providence, The Doheny), who works just down the street at cocktail fan favorite Copa d'Oro, conducted a two-day cocktail seminar and offered some input for Hostaria's bar program. But he doesn't want his involvement to be the focus as he said that, like he did for downtown's Seven Grand and Drago Centro, he's just setting things up while Hostaria's bartenders will be tasked with taking it from there.