Scopa Italian Roots
Fashionable yet Familial at Scopa Italian Roots
The apothecary of alcohol behind the nearly block-long bar of the spacious Scopa Italian Roots restaurant greets its elite clientele with a colorfully illuminated liquor collection and an accompanying menu of tasty cocktails like the mezcal-based Sierra Norte. For high-rollers, ask for the Spirit Menu, which is longer than their wine list and features premium and rare selections like the various years of Fuenteseca Reserva tequila. Top Chef-famous Antonia Lofaso serves a California-Italian menu that is best for sharing. The seafood salad of octopus, shrimp, and calamari is zesty and fresh. Sunchokes, squash blossoms, and baby kale are just some of the trendy vegetable-menu items that are elevated with simple hints of flavor from ingredients like chives, parsley, and lemon as well as the the proper sprinkle of cheese—whether pecorino romano, parmigiano, or mozzarella. For the gluten-free, Scopa bakes the best gluten-free bread in Los Angeles. It's worth going just for that, especially if you pair it with their melt-in-your-mouth Ricotta.
By Susan Mason, AFAR Local Expert
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