A highly rated Italian restaurant called Casa Nostra Ristorante from Pacific Palisades will replace the shuttered Magnolia restaurant (open only for special events until Casa Nostra takes over ownership), which opened on 9th Street in early 2009 next to the famous 24-hour Pantry diner. Casa Nostra, with 4.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp, is known for their “relaxed and cozy” atmosphere and “authentic handmade pastas.” Downtown LA will be Casa Nostra’s second location.
According to the restaurant manager at Casa Nostra, the new location in Downtown LA is scheduled to open in January 2013 at the earliest. The menu at the downtown location will have about “50%” of the Palisades’ menu and the rest will be “tailored to the downtown crowd.”
Timing-wise and location, Casa Nostra will be opening during a much more auspicious time than Magnolia did in early 2009. Located underneath the 39-story TCW Tower, the surrounding areas of South Park and the Financial District have been experiencing a vast wave of new economic activity including: the opening of City Target at FIGat7th; the ground breaking of Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn by LA Live; the opening of Apex luxury apartment tower; and a new Smart & Final Extra grocery store opening around the corner in 2013.
Check out Casa Nostra’s full menu at: www.casanostraristorantela.com