Thursday, July 5, 2007

Venice's New Hidden Kitchen

While we've never been ones to dine out every night, and we're definitely less likely to do so these days, I still like to hear news on local restaurants. LA Eater was tipped off about Hidden, a new restaurant opening in the old Schatzi space by the owners of Via Veneto (great Italian) this month. It sounds like they're going to be taking a bit from many, many different cultures. I like to call it eclectic, though it might just be visually noisy...can't tell yet.

LA Eater says:

"The indoor/outdoor space will have cabanas, firepits, Asian wall coverings, and Italian rugs, and at least four distinct cuisines will be served. We actually count five, with just as many chefs:

Bianconi has lined up a roster of top chefs and a kitchen helmed by Ruben Vasquez, the Executive Chef at Via Veneto who is versed in Italian cuisine as well as regional delicacies from his native Mexico. Michael Bao Huyhn, James Beard Tastemaker and acclaimed chef and owner of New York’s Mai House, brings serious pedigree and great flavors to the kitchen’s Vietnamese creations; superfresh sushi is artfully presented by Master Sushi Chef Minori Fujita, formerly of LA’s cult-favorite The Hump; Gianfranco Rega, a Master Pizzaiolo from Naples, prepares authentic Italian pizza in custom built wood-burning ovens; Tapas are prepared by Danele Lai, an international chef who comes from The Eden Rock Hotel in St. Barths."

Those are some impressive chefs collaborating in the kitchen, though they're only consulting on the menus. Read: other people will actually be making your food. But isn't that always the way.