LA Openings: Oliverio, Vinolio, Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs
● Oliverio (Beverly Hills) – A hotel restaurant means wheelin’ and dealin’ during the day. Poolside dining and impromptu swimming. Come nightfall, shenanigans seem more likely. The cabanas tend to be packed with pretties, so all that pseudo-Italian food (flatbreads, little lamb chops) may be going to waste — but the drinks aren’t. They’re too colorful to ignore. Kind of like that water. ● Vinolio (Hollywood) – Exposed brick, wood chairs, and bare bulbs: yes, it’s an easy way to impress us. This enoteca flies in as many ingredients as possible from Italy. Lots of wine (not cheap, just plenty of it), small plates, the occasional thin crust pizza. Open ’til 4am Thursday through Saturday, which fits its Cahuenga Corridor location. ● Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs (South Bay) – Pan-American barbeque on the beach. All methods of barbeque embraced, from Texas to the Carolinas. House special is dry ribs with sauce on the side. Things get crazy with barbecued lamb with a tomato-mint vinaigrette, soy-marinated chicken, and vegetable kebobs. Try catfish and hush puppies in this beachfront shack to see what they’re talking about in the South.