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Mezze opens today in West Hollywood; Sotto in former Test Kitchen space set to debut this week

March 28, 2011 |  1:34 pm


Middle Eastern at Mezze: Anyone in West Hollywood with a craving for manti (Turkish dumplings) served under a skylight and a glass of Moroccan wine might already be anticipating Mezze, the new Mid-Eastern/Eastern-Med restaurant opening today on La Cienega Boulevard. Mezze has taken over the space that was formerly Sona, now with wood floors, front-facing windows and an olive tree or two (in the dining room). The veal manti come with almond milk and black lime. Yellowtail crudo is garnished with pine nuts and cherry gremolata. Flatbreads (with merguez, tomato jam and Aleppo pepper, for example) come from the wood-burning oven. 401 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 657-4103; www.mezzela.com.

Pizza (and more) on Pico: Italian restaurant Sotto is scheduled to open Wednesday in the location that formerly housed Test Kitchen on Pico Boulevard. Chefs Steve Samson and Zach Pollack, previously at Pizzeria Ortica in Orange County, have installed a pizza oven imported from Naples, Italy. The rest of the menu features other regionally inspired southern Italian dishes, including fresh pasta and entrees such as bone-in lamb breast in agrodolce and tomato-braised octopus ai ferri. Expect a cocktail list featuring Italian liqueurs and a wine list with southern Italian and California wines. 9575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (See OpenTable for reservations.)

-- Betty Hallock 

Photo: Mezze. Credit: Tiffany Rose / Courtesy of Mezze.