It seems every where you look in local food blogging or restaurant reviewing, the buzz word of the moment is Terroni, a Canadian import that just opened up an outpost in West Hollywood serving up affordable Southern Italian fare.
Natalie Houghton of the Daily News (via LA.com) sums it up on both sides of the scale: "At its best: Prices are reasonable, sharing is not a problem here, and sampling a variety of Italian dishes is fun. Could be better: A table for two is small and makes it difficult to juggle all the plates. The wine portions, served in round flat glasses, seemed a little stingy." The LA Times' S. Irene Virbila gave it her "first look" at the end of last month: "The choices are tremendous -- 30 combinations of ingredients, only a few with names you may have heard before. I can say that Santo Spirito with tomato, bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella), anchovies and a scattering of cherry tomatoes and capers is a winner" and recommending the tiramisu for dessert.
EaterLA dished on the new eatery recently, too, emphasizing the restaurant's policy of "No subsitutions, no modifications, no reservations." Blogger Potatomato says "Great interior decor, lots of lots of Eames chairs but the space still has that festive and rustic charm" and noting both the crowd and the desire to go back and try more. la.foodblogging has an awesome and incredibly thorough write up, with detailed takes on several of the many menu items, with notes that the sommelier needs to "step up his game" but that ultimately "it’s a keeper, especially if they get service running smoothly. It’s low-key and casual, although like many of the newer restaurants, if you want somewhere quiet, do not go here. It’s incredibly loud when it’s full."
So what do we think? Well, to confess this LAist hasn't been to Terroni...in Los Angeles. But I did eat there in September in Toronto, and my thoughts would be pretty much on par with what people are saying on this side of the 49th parallel. The pasta, Fettucine di Tuccino (pictured above) was nicely prepared with excellent fresh toppings (tiger shrimp, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, mint), the pizza my dining companion ordered absolutely gorgeous and delicious, and the vibe congenial, crowded, and noisy. Even looking at the menu for the US, the prices look the same (hello, near-even exchange rate!). It certainly is amusing to see Angelenos get a little ga-ga over something that came from my hometown (and took over the Authentic cafe's spot on Beverly--a restaurant--and garlic mashed potatoes--I loved once upon a time). Not quite the mania a, oh, let's say, Dunkin' Donuts inspires...but amusing nonetheless. We'll let you know if we make it to what some folks are calling "the poor man's Mozza" anytime soon.
7605 Beverly Blvd.
Photos of Terroni's menu and food in Toronto by Lindsay William-Ross for LAist