The Vietnamese restaurant Blossom in Atwater Village, which opened in 2021 and served its final bowl of noodles on November 17, just flipped into a casual Italian restaurant called Spina. Blossom’s owner Duc Pham is a partner in the new business (and also the one behind Abbott Kinney’s white-hot All’Antico Vinaio that took over a former location of Blossom as well), along with chef Pablo Cruz. Spina will be open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner soon.

The name Spina, which has a variety of meanings in Italian including a thorn, a plug, and a beverage available on draft, offers an “eclectic vibe” befitting of the restaurant, says Giada Andruccioli, a representative for the restaurant.

Cruz, who was mentored by Eataly’s executive chef Antonio Giordano and spent time in the kitchens of Terroni, L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele, and Terra at Eataly, is preparing classic Italian recipes with a special focus on pastas. The opening line-up includes cacio e pepe, ricotta-stuffed ravioli with butter and sage, lobster linguine in tomato sauce, and more. (The full menu is below.) Spina sources its bevy of noodles from Mani In Pasta, a wholesale handmade Italian pasta company founded by one of the restaurant’s partners, Niccolo Di Spes.

The menu’s antipasti selection includes crowdpleasers like meatballs in tomato sauce, fried calamari, and burrata with prosciutto, while grilled salmon, a prime ribeye steak, and a tomahawk pork chop are just a few of the restaurant’s larger secondi dishes. Tiramisu and pannacotta are available for dessert. The all-Italian wine list is tightly curated and features eight pours available by the glass, plenty more by the bottle, and a $12 spritz.

While Blossom was well received by Atwater Village residents, Pham and his partners are betting that an Italian restaurant will fare even better. If the success of All’Antico Vinaio provides any indication of Pham’s ability to provide Angelenos what they want, he’ll likely have another hit on his hands.

Spina is located at 3193 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039, and is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

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