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Casa Nostra Ristorante from Pacific Palisades to Open Second Location in Downtown LA

A new Italian restaurant, Casa Nostra, will replace Magnolia located next to The Pantry at 9th and Figueroa

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:

Casa Nostra will have plenty of outdoor patio seating available facing 9th Street

Casa Nostra Ristorante is scheduled to open in Jan 2013 at the earliest

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  1. Sal324 says

    This is really great news! It’s really funny that a restaurant from the Palisades would go all the way downtown for its second location but it’ll be great for DT! If it’s like the original location then we’ll have a great dining option with good food, reasonable prices and a low-key neighborhood vibe, which is different from some of the more high end or chain restaurants opening lately and probably a really good fit. I’ve been to the Palisades location and it’s great so I’m crossing my fingers DT will be just as good (and about the same price).

  2. Interesting that no one is yelling about there being too many Italian restaurants here. I mean between 8th and 9th basically along Figueroa there will now be three. Seems a lot higher concentration than the Sushi places on 7th.

  3. What happened to Magnolia? When did they close? I live two blocks from it and never went. They did a poor job of marketing to the neighborhood. It was never on my radar.

  4. I’ve been getting emails that Casa Nostra is now open, but when I last saw the space maybe a couple weeks ago, didn’t notice any signage. Website and menu are up, though. As Dave mentioned, they will be competing with Soleto and Colori Kitchen (and for me, since it’s right around the corner, iL Mare), and those are all much more visible than this place that pretty much only faces the 10 Fwy offramp. I will try it out, but I hope they market well to their base and the neighborhood.

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