Agostino Sciandri recently reopened Caffe Roma in the core of Beverly Hills featuring a new look. Ralph Gentile Architects redesigned the space to include a streetside bar and lounge, complete with Murano chandeliers, a brass mirror behind the bar, and an antique pine floor. A DJ performs on weekends and live music is regularly scheduled for weeknights. The sidewalk patio seats 70, and in total, Caffe Roma now seats 300 people.
Mirko Paderno (All’ Angelo, Cecconi’s) was supposed to be the chef, but he ended up nearby at blue on blue instead, so Italy native Sciandri will continue to oversee the kitchen instead. Dishes include Quattro Stagione Pizze ($14) with cheese, tomatoes, olives, capers, artichokes and ham; Ravioli Burro E Salvia ($18), homemade spinach and ricotta ravioli with butter and sage; and Milanese di Vitello ($32), breaded veal cutlet topped with arugula and tomatoes. The wine list has an Italian focus, but plenty of California representation.