The Scoop: Mirko Paderno opens Oliverio in former Blue on Blue space
Mirko Paderno, who's served time at seemingly every Italian restaurant in the city (Drago, All' Angelo, Dolce, Ago and, most recently, a short term at Cecconi's), is now taking over the space at Blue on Blue at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Paderno's place is called Oliverio, and to match the Italian chef's new menu, the restaurant's interior and hotel entrance have been refurbished to be reminiscent of 1950s Italy. In addition to a snazzy makeover, Paderno will get to indulge in the Avalon's rooftop garden, which restaurant manager Ryan Hoffman planted last year.
His menu will include dishes such as fritto misto and salumi served with homemade olive focaccia, branzino and a variety of handmade pastas. The prices are similar to Blue on Blue, with entrees ranging from $16 to $30.
It remains to be seen if Paderno will draw some of the same attention that former chef Scott Garrett did. (Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Kathy Lee Gifford were spotted at the Avalon recently.)
-- Krista Simmons
Photo: Chef Mirko Paderno shaves cold cuts on an antique slicing machine at All' Angelo. Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu