Draped in blond wood and lantern-like light fixtures, this striking Hollywood restaurant offers “Tokyo Italian” cuisine—a mix of Sicilian crudos, pasta and wood-fired meat and seafood that incorporate Japanese ingredients and techniques with flourish. Thanks to cozy outdoor fire pits and a stunning central bar, Magari’s sheer design cred essentially secures its status as yet another Hollywood hot spot, but aficionados of Italian cuisine will find plenty to love on the menu, including a standout tuna crudo paired with Japanese eggplant and caper relish and creamy burrata—a surprisingly delicious combination—and the roasted orata bathed in a umami-rich bonito and tomato broth. While not every dish is an absolute winner, impressive cocktails and the overall vibe at this newcomer in the old CBS Studios buiding make it a worthwhile date night and special occasion spot for the neighborhood.
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