Opening dates have come and gone for Villetta, which has been conducting friends and family-style dinners over the past month in Brentwood's former Chez Mimi space. In fact, even its website still appears confused, as it claims, "We look forward to welcoming you in the fall of 2010." Official word is now in from the restaurant's PR, who tells us to prepare for an opening next Thursday, April 14th. Here chef Pippa Calland, a veteran of New York's Le Madri, will showcase recipes and handmade pasta that combine traditional Italian foundation with local produce, with help from former Toscana manager Antonio De Cicco.
Villetta, 246 26th St. Santa Monica. 310-524-6812.