Farmhouse-Chic Italian RivaBella Opens In L.A.’s WeHo

It translates roughly as "beautiful river," and while you won’t actually find any romantic waterways coursing through Los Angeles, Innovative Dining Group’s new RivaBella will at least transport you to somewhere more rustic. Ignoring the by-now-overdone trend toward more intimate dining venues, RivaBella is Italian grandiose, with 8,000-square-feet (2,800 of those being al fresco) of old world, Tuscan Farmhouse-inspired romanticism–as imagined by the award-winning Studio Collective. 

Executive chef Gino Angelini (of the eponymous Angelini Osteria on Beverly) plays to his strengths, rejecting anything over-mannered, in favor of creative takes on Italian classics. Tagliatelle allo Zafferano Con Ragu di Prosciutto and Seppiolini Con Melograno appear aside his signature Lasagne Nonna Elvira, and an extensive wine cave assures the wine-obsessed are well tended to. For those seeking a more cosseted experience, the latter can be booked for private dinners. 

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