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TiroVino, an Italian restaurant and wine bar, to open in Weho in January

December 14, 2010 |  6:00 am

Maurizio-La-Rosa A new Italian restaurant and wine bar called TiroVino is slated to open in West Hollywood in January. The owner is former Chianti & Dolce general manager Maurizio La Rosa, who was born in Sicily and raised on the homestyle food of his grandmother's countryside table.

Now La Rosa wants to recreate the authentic simplicity of the culinary traditions of his youth by serving small plates with no garnishes or side dishes. This pared-down ideal is in accordance with the restaurant's decor, which features a raised vintage gate,rough-hewn wood floors, wrought-iron chandeliers, a long wine bar, close-set tables and a long central table for communal dining.

Menu specialties include: fish soup with potatoes; braised veal; homemade pastas such as butternut squash ravioli and penne puttanesca; thin crust pizzas; salads and a variety of country-style appetizers. And, of course, there will be a lengthy selection of Italian wines to pair with various dishes.

The menu, which will be written daily on a chalkboard in the dining room, will change seasonally.

TiroVino, 7166 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood.

--Jessica Gelt

Photo: Maurizio La Rosa. Credit: TiroVino