Casa Nostra Expanding to Downtown

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Polpo alla griglia at Casa Nostra Photo: Casa Nostra

Michele Scarpino, Gerardo Ballesteros, and Giovanni Zappone’s Italian restaurant, Casa Nostra, is opening a new Downtown location in the former home of Magnolia on Ninth Street. Slated for the end of the month, L.A. Downtown News spies a similar 120-seat space under construction, with a few new menu items from Ballesteros, both indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a proposed 1:00 A.M. closing time. Hitting the nail squarely on the head, Zappone tells the paper, "I believe in Downtown. Everything is happening here." [LADTN]