Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY CAMILLE CABR­ERA

In­dulge in in­sider LA with our guide to the city’s best arts, din­ing, and nightlife.

Fi­nal­mente! Con­tem­po­rary Ital­ian be­comes an ap­pe­tiz­ing re­al­ity in LA thanks to the re­cent open­ing of The Ponte in Bev­erly Grove. Chef Scott Conant is no stranger to the spot­light, from his ap­pear­ances on cook­ing re­al­ity show Chopped to cre­at­ing best-seller cook­books. A Con­necti­cut na­tive, Conant ad­mits, “I love LA! I just love be­ing part of it.” With Stephane Bom­bet of Bom­bet Hos­pi­tal­ity Group and su­per-chef Conant part­ner­ing on such a de­li­cious project, it’s no sur­prise reser­va­tions are strongly rec­om­mended. The Ponte is cur­rently Conant’s only restau­rant in LA and com­bines his leg­endary hos­pi­tal­ity and ser­vice with an ev­ere­volv­ing, in­ven­tive menu.

The Ponte’s rein­ven­tion of Ital­ian-cui­sine clas­sics such as black tagli­olini al von­gole is just the right touch for LA’s cut­ting-edge culi­nary fans. Bravis­simo! 8265 Bev­erly Blvd., LA, 323-746-5130; the­p­on­

Chef Scott Conant’s The Ponte brings ca­sual chic to Bev­erly Grove in the form of rus­tic-re­fined dé­cor (BE­LOW) and fare, in­clud­ing (RIGHT, FROM TOP) roasted Ji­dori chicken, a bibb let­tuce salad, margherita pizza, and slow-roasted trout, as well as the...

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