Ago Says Arrivederci To West Hollywood After 20 Years

Sadly, it appears that glittering West Hollywood institution Ago has called it quits, having served their last meal over the weekend.  Ago has stood like a sentinel near the corner of La Cienega and Melrose for 20 years.  It was a quiet fortress for industry power players who, dripping in Chanel and LV, would make their way from the string of Bentleys and Lamborghinis in the car park to the twinkling patio to dine on branzino, deftly deboned tableside, washed down with multiple rounds of excellent negronis.  The Tuscan menu, created by Chef/partner Agostino Sciandri (in partnership with Robert DeNiro and others) was good and reliably served by polished Italian natives.  I’d been hearing whispers of trouble for a while now, and some long-time employees had been let go, so it wasn’t necessarily a surprise, but it does feel like the end of an era.  I for one, will miss it.

I’m told the space has been sold and a new venture is expected by March or April.  As always, I’ll keep watching…