Minestraio Replaces La Terza [CLOSED]

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Gino Angelini and partners hope Minestraio fares better at Orlando Hotel. [Pierre Comtois Photography]

Gino Angelini, wife Elizabeth McLaury, chef-partner Gianluca Sarti and Girolamo “Little Gino” Rindone debut Minestraio, a more casual Italian trattoria that specializes in the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna and replaces La Terza on the ground floor of West Hollywood’s Orlando Hotel. The partners derived the name from “minestra” which refers to pasta and soups in Italy.

Designer Mary O’Grady refurbished the space to include an orange and chocolate color scheme, wood beams and chandeliers for soft lighting. The walls of the bar area now sport Italian words and phrases to promote discussion.

Food-wise, Sarti drew inspiration from his favorite Bolognese restaurant, Osteria Minestraio. The extensive menu features no dish over $20. Sarti is preparing over 20 pastas, more than half handmade, including Tortelli di Zucca, butternut squash-filled tortelli in butter sage sauce; Al Limone, tagliolini with lemon zest, parsley & cream sauce; and Rigatoni all’ Amatriciana with spicy tomato, guanciale and Pecorino.

You’ll also find options like Polpette, meatballs in tomato sauce; Chicken Breast alla Bolognese with prosciutto, shaved Parmigiano & light cream sauce; Beef Tagliata, dry-aged rib eye with balsamic reduction sauce, mashed potatoes & sautéed vegetables; and Torta al Cioccolato, black & white chocolate mousse & almond cake.

Minestraio offers 18 Italian wines, six by the glass, with no glass over $9.

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Blog Comments

loved it when it was La Terza but love it more now with the new menu featuring more than i would say 15 pasta dishes!! the place is definitely warm. i asked a waiter why the change and he said chef Gianluca who came up with the new concept said it was time to introduce our customers to a whole new side of bologna. he was right on the money on the new concept.

Elena,

Thanks for the report. Glad to hear you had a good first experience.

I just stop to see the place. Food was great when it was La Terza. With the renovation, the place became warmer. I cannot wait to dine with my friends. I am sure food will be as delicious as before….Stop by and say hello to the staff as I did. You will see the difference…

so is angelini osteria the high-end one now? haha

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