FigOly, a sleek new modern Italian restaurant from "Top Chef" alum Alex Reznik (La Seine), is ready for its close-up in the newly renovated Luxe Hotel across from L.A. Live, with an opening date set for July 27.
Featuring three distinct dining areas, including a large outdoor patio overlooking the hustle and bustle of the corner of Figueroa and Olympic (from which the restaurant derives its name), FigOly also has recruited barman Matthew Biancaniello, who has made a name for himself with his verdant brand of mixology featuring farmers market produce at the Library Bar in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
The space is ritzy, with a VIP patio and dining room that is accessible through the kitchen and a bar that glows a variety of flashy colors.
The menu includes warm buffalo mozzarella topped with macerated strawberries and black pepper ($11); Piemontese pasta tossed with porcini and hen of the woods mushrooms, ricotta salata, cherry tomatoes and Marsala ($16); beef cheeks and oxtail paired with gorgonzola polenta, shallots and sotto aceti ($27).
Drinks include the Mamma Mia (tequila and muddled red bell pepper, scallion, cilantro, lime, agave syrup, and applewood-smoked salt) and Easter Island (vodka, cucumber, Peruvian mint sprigs, and lime with ginger-spiked champagne).
Reservations for opening week are being accepted only via Twitter, which involves a clever marketing ploy that requires people publicly Tweet @FigOly along with the number in their party and the date and time of the desired reservation. Management will then confirm via direct message.
FigOly at Luxe City Center Hotel, 1020 S. Figueroa St., L.A. (213) 743-7600; www.figoly.com.
-- Jessica Gelt
Photos: Top, the patio at FigOly; bottom, Matthew Biancaniello pours a drink. Jessica Gelt / Los Angeles Times