Osteria La Buca, which is preparing to complete its revamp launched last year, will reopen late next week with a new design and a new chef. Jason Neroni, most recently of Saucebox in Portland, and known for his pork-centric cooking in New York City at Porchetta, will be joining the venerable classic Italian restaurant. No news yet on how the menu will evolve. It has been almost a year since owner Graham Snyder previewed the renovation plans created by designer Brendan Ravenhill while showcasing the wonders of Neve Ice.
I'm looking forward to trying Chef Neroni's food (the non-pork dishes at least) and seeing how the vision that was shown to me last April has evolved. It will be interesting to see how the menu evolves. Neroni got great reviews at 10 Downing and had been rumored to be coming to LA last fall when he chose Portland. Hopefully Portland's loss is Los Angeles's gain.