L.A. nightlife impresarios turn to restaurants with Il Covo
Friday's Calendar section features a profile on two of L.A.'s most noted nightlife players, Sean MacPherson and Jared Meisler. They own Bar Lubitsch and the Roger Room and recently purchased Ye Coach & Horses, the classic Sunset Boulevard dive.
However, for the past two years they have been quietly pouring their time and energy into a new Italian restaurant named Il Covo, located in the former Orso space on 3rd Street. Their chef is Milan-born Roberto Maggioni, who previously worked at Locando del Lago.
"This restaurant was very important to Sean," says Maggioni. "He wanted an Italian kitchen, similar to something you'd find in Italy but without spaghetti and meatballs. Just as authentic and simple as possible. Typical rustic recipes like my mom used to make."
And indeed, Maggioni admits that he did snag a few of his mother's recipes for the menu, which includes rich osso buco with saffron risotto; buttery black cod alla livornese with tomatoes, olives, capers and anchovies; crisp pizza with prosciutto di Parma and spicy arugula; and an addictive panna cotta with an aged balsamic vinegar reduction.
Photo: Roasted baby beets with spinach, hazelnuts and Caprino, served at Il Covo. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times