Too-cute all white dining palace is latest St. Barts hotspot as Santa Monica restaurateur Fabrizio Bianconi invades Gustavia. It’s not your average LA eatery; Via Veneto is the one-room Santa Monica institution that lures diners like Steven Spielberg and the Beckham’s for super-quaint Italian dinners in a casual beachside setting. Located in the former-O’Corner space, this new equally beachy Italian eatery is well positioned in a plantation-style cottage with interior eatery alit in candlelight with dark wooden decor and white glove service.
Caribbean by virtue, this thoroughly Italian eatery offers an appetizer menu of milky burratta with prosciutto, Bresola with arugala, Tuscan-style baby prawns and a great Fritto Misto. Salads are a modest mix of tuna with cannellini beans, warm cuts of seafood over bed of romaine or simple arugala with radicchio. Pasta course is a one of the best on the island with a scampi penne, fettuccine Bolognese, and lobster spaghetti with cherry tomatoes that is tasty enough for main course.. Also good are the langoustine lemon or scampi risottos. Traditional meats like veal scaloppini rack of lamb and veal chop in additiona to daily market fresh fish are served with pommes de terre and roasted veggies.
One of LA's most famous Italian boutique eateries sets-up wintertime outpost on Caribbean's starriest isle.