North Italia’s Santa Monica Opening Date Is…

A great many of you have been carefully checking for information ever since I first told you about Santa Monica’s upcoming branch of North Italia, taking over the erstwhile Buca Di Beppo space at 1442 2nd St. in Downtown Santa Monica.  You’ll be pleased to know that according to the notice on the door, North Italia will officially throw open its doors on May 30th.  We wish them the best of luck.




North Italia Landing In Downtown Santa Monica

It wasn’t that long ago that I told you that Buca Di Beppo had closed its doors at 1442 2nd St, sparking a conversation about the viability of any restaurant in the pricey and complicated Santa Monica and LA market.  Now it looks like another national Italian brand is going to give it a try.  A sign is up on the construction plywood at the old Buca space announcing that it will soon be the home of a branch of North Italia.  There’s reason to hope that they will have a better run than their predecessor:  They know a thing or two about Downtown Santa Monica.  Within a block in either direction are two other restaurants from North Italia’s parent company Fox Restaurant Concepts, Flower Child and True Food Kitchen. We wish them the best of luck.


Buca Di Beppo Gives Up The Ghost In Santa Monica

I recently noticed that after a long run at 1442 2nd St., Santa Monica’s branch of the kitschy old school Italian chain Buca di Beppo has finally pulled up stakes.  I didn’t see this coming and I’m not sure what happened.  I’ll keep my eye on the space to see what the future holds, and in the mean time, if you find yourself craving ginormous portions of red sauce pasta, you can locate one of their other branches here.