bunker hill, downtown los angeles

Chef Agostino Sciandri Opening VESPAIO at Luxury Rental Emerson in Downtown LA

Rendering courtesy of the upcoming Vespaio at The Emerson on Bunker Hill (Click to enlarge)

Rendering courtesy of the upcoming Vespaio at The Emerson on Bunker Hill (Click to enlarge)

Bunker Hill is really on the cusp of achieving some great critical mass. Not only is the very much anticipated Broad museum opening in late 2015, but one of downtown’s most luxurious new residential properties, The Emerson, opened earlier this month with its first resident move-ins (take a lovely tour inside via Curbed LA). Developed by Related California, the upscale 19-story rental property located adjacent to The Broad is chock-full of amenities from a penthouse lounge with an outdoor terrace to a state-of-the-art media room and library next to a fully equipped fitness center with steam and yoga rooms. Now Emerson residents will have one more thing to brag about: Renowned Italian Chef Agostino Sciandri will be opening Vespaio on the ground floor of The Emerson.

Vespaio will offer classic Italian cuisine with a modern twist emphasizing fresh and seasonal ingredients. It will be housed in a beautifully designed and expansive 5,500 square foot space facing (and activating) Grand Ave. There will be plenty of outdoor patio seating under a retractable roof with more seating placed near the new Broad museum park, which imported and planted fifteen 100-year-old olive trees from Northern California.

Vespaio will be open all day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with happy hour specials and weekend brunches. A take-out section will allow for grab-and-go perfect for Bunker Hill’s large office population. In addition, there are plans to have an extensive pastry, bread, and cheese selection, which will be displayed openly within the restaurant. A full bar will also be incorporated offering cocktails prepared with fresh pressed juices as well as hand selected wines from around the world.

Sciandri from Tuscany, Italy came to Los Angeles in 1985 and has established himself as one of LA’s most acclaimed chefs through his successful Ago flagship restaurant in West Hollywood. Vespaio in Downtown LA will actually be his 6th restaurant under his ownership and management. His other LA restaurants include Toscanova in Century City and Calabasas, Sor Tino in Brentwood, and Caffe Roma in Beverly Hills.

Vespaio is currently under construction and is aiming to open by the end of the year but more likely early next year.

The Emerson is a new 19-story residential tower offering 271 luxury apartments for rent (Photo: Emerson)

The Emerson is a new 19-story residential tower offering 271 luxury apartments for rent (Photo: Emerson)

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  1. This is exciting news and I will make sure I am there. I stopped by and love the green space and those beautiful olive trees between the museum and the Emerson. When the Broad opens life will be so different on Bunker Hill. What a change from an empty lot to this.

  2. Too bad the building itself is a travesty! Quite possibly one of the most bland and poorly designed new buildings in dtla – exterior AND interior : ie the cabinets blocking the window views in the kitchen. Fail

      • wildstar says

        Totally. What I like about it is that it’s not screaming for attention. He’s probably more into the faux-talians…

        • No, I’m more into less of the characterless carbon copy look. We have amazing turn of the century buildings downtown, and any of them would, and do suit me fine. But nice try.

          Have you actually looked at the floor plans of some of these units? Terribly designed – like I said, how can you design a kitchen with cabits flush to the window killing half of your viewable real estate for that price. Not to mention the windows being staggered by floor. Dont get me wrong, theres nothing terribly wrong with the building, but there is nothing great about it to justify the ridicoulous price range.

    • Horthos says

      It is a shit building designed for people with more money than class. As for how much they should charge? They would have to pay me to live in that thing. Id rather live in the hotel madison than this garbage….

  3. archie says

    I think it looks fine and is an exciting addition to Bunker Hill. The olive tree grove and the new restaurant sound very enticing.

  4. I actually like the look of the Emerson too. Plus once it’s occupied, the restaurant and museum opens, this area will really come to life.

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