What to eat, store and do in West Hollywood: Canadian restaurateur Janet Zuccarini shares her favourites

Whereas many will lump all of Los Angeles into one singular metropolis, “it’s extra just like seven totally different cities in a single,” explains restaurateur and “High Chef Canada” decide Janet Zuccarini. Centred amongst them is West Hollywood.

It’s well-known for the well-heeled, counting the Sundown Strip, the Design District and the headquarters of “Promoting Sundown” (actuality TV’s best-dressed realtors) inside its boundaries. Though it’s simply shy of 5 sq. kilometres, WeHo counts as an official metropolis in its personal proper.

When Zuccarini, CEO and founding father of Gusto 54 Restaurant Group — whose eating empire in Toronto consists of Pai, Azhar, Chubby’s Jamaican and Trattoria Nervosa — moved westward eight years in the past, it was for a similar purpose as many others: in quest of slightly solar. Now, she calls West Hollywood residence.

She’s presently gearing as much as open Stella, an enormous, 200-seat Italian joint, alongside chef Rob Gentile (previously of Toronto’s Buca). The brand new restaurant will take over the previous tackle of Madeo, the superstar hang-out that was as soon as one in every of West Hollywood’s most legendary rooms.

When Zuccarini isn’t busy placing the ending touches on Stella, slated to launch in early 2023, you’ll discover her frequenting among the metropolis’s coolest spots. Right here’s a shortlist of her insider favourites on your subsequent journey right here.

For budget-friendly, high-flavour meals: Night + Market (9043 Sundown Blvd.)

Stroll into the West Hollywood location of Night time + Market and also you’ll discover high-voltage design, vibrant Thai plates, and a crowd sipping small-batch pure wines. “It’s vibrant, enjoyable and extremely vibey. Plus, they’ve nice meals,” says Zuccarini. And she or he’s choosy — a consequence of being enterprise companions with Toronto chef Nuit Regular of Pai. “I’ve discovered to like actual Thai meals, so I recognize that Night time + Market doesn’t draw back from spice.” Candy potato massaman curries, fried “social gathering” wings and exemplary pad Thai assist make this her neighbourhood go-to.

For dinner with dazzling views: Merois (8430 Sundown Blvd.)

“It’s surprisingly onerous to discover a place in L.A. you may get all dressed up for,” says Zuccarini. One place that does match the invoice is that this just lately opened, high-end spot for coastal Californian delicacies, situated on the rooftop of Pendry West Hollywood, and led by chef Wolfgang Puck’s son, Byron. “The menu is absolutely fascinating. Dishes embody king salmon sashimi with pickled plum, and Mongolian lamb chops with candy potato and pomegranate,” says Zuccarini, who deems it her best choice for an evening out. “It has lovely, lovely views of the town.”

For A-lister jewels: Anita Ko (424-302-0413, open by appointment)

Whereas Anita Ko has develop into a staple for celebrity-loved jewellery (Rihanna, Victoria Beckham and Cameron Diaz are followers), Zuccarini has a really particular reference to the L.A. designer. “She custom-designed my marriage ceremony ring,” she says. “It’s essentially the most beautiful constructing. It’s such a singular expertise going there.” Word that that is Ko’s workplace and studio, so appointments are by request, although there are additionally boutiques close by — together with Just One Eye (915 N. Sycamore Ave.) — the place you’ll be able to store her gemstone-laden baubles.

For a museum-worthy trend mecca: Resurrection Vintage (8006 Melrose Ave.)

“Resurrection has the most effective classic within the metropolis,” says Zuccarini. The racks learn like a laundry listing of trend’s biggest names, spanning Yves Saint Laurent to Comme des Garçons. (Prior to now, the store has lent items to the Met for displays.) Even if you happen to’re not available in the market for, say, a Valentino red-carpet robe, it’s nicely value a browse. “You simply should go and see what’s in inventory on any given day,” says Zuccarini.

For smaller souvenirs: Book Soup (8818 Sundown Blvd.)

“This is without doubt one of the most iconic bookstores within the metropolis,” says Zuccarini. “It’s been open because the Nineteen Seventies.” Along with a variety spanning fiction, nonfiction, music and movie, the Sundown Strip bookseller additionally provides a curated number of autographed novels and vinyl. “I like to go browse and get impressed.”

For a morning pick-me-up: Strings of Life Coffee (8535 Melrose Ave.)

“The Aussies actually know methods to run a restaurant,” says Zuccarini, noting the “notably glorious breakfasts” right here. The menu ranges from avocado toasts topped with fava beans, cucumber and cornichon to candy and bitter fried rooster sandwiches. A protein bowl with wild rice, candy potatoes, carrots and almond crunch is Zuccarini’s personal go-to. “It’s straightforward meals however wholesome and nice.”

For silky slips and straightforward knits: Fleur du Mal (519 N. Almont Dr.)

“I’d say 80 per cent of my closet is from Fleur du Mal,” Zuccarini says. For good purpose: Her sister, Jennifer Zuccarini, based the lingerie label in 2012. “So I get that household low cost,” she quips, “however I’m a giant fan of her slip attire, her knitwear and particularly her pantsuits.” This West Hollywood flagship was designed by Perron-Roettinger in wealthy burgundy hues and full of classic postmodern furnishings and ’70s-era pin-up mags. “I can’t imagine we’ve each ended up in West Hollywood,” says the restaurateur. “We’re two Toronto women!”


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