Celebrity-favorite Italian restaurant Madeo is making a surprise return to West Hollywood

What a saga it has been for the Vietina family, owners of the successful Italian restaurant in Los Angeles Madeo. Over the years, the name Madeo has appeared in Drake songs and on the pages of tabloids, with Vietinas offering pasta to some of the city’s wealthiest customers. But since 2018, Madeo mostly feels like a restaurant in exile, moving from place to place with no roots to return to. Now, four years after Beverly Boulevard was first closed so that the building they partially occupied could be redeveloped, the Vietinas have a new home for Madeo.

The reborn Madeo will return this spring to 1 Hotel on the Sunset Strip, but with a different feel to the LA original born 36 years ago. Property 1 Hotel opened in 2019 with his own culinary talent at the helm, but the pandemic has brought much of the hotel industry to a halt in Los Angeles, leaving rooms empty and dining rooms dark. To help usher the property on the corner of Sunset and La Cienega into a new era, the property enlists Madeo to deliver something new. Unlike the more upscale and low-key Madeo that first landed in Beverly, this outlet will be more modern, airy and current for the Strip, which itself is experiencing a renaissance thanks to new hotels and restaurants like Ardor, Merois by Wolfgang Puck and Lavo Ristorante. Expect a white-tablecloth dining room plus a bar and patio that overlooks much of the city.

While there’s no firm opening date for Madeo yet, reps say a return is expected this spring. This will be the first time Madeo fans will be able to try Vietina family food in Los Angeles again since September 2020. At that time, Madeo was operating as a pandemic-hit pop-up in Beverly Hills, working a lease at term in a secondary space while they wait for the construction of their original house to be completed.

The Vietina family

Then last summer, Eater LA confirmed that Madeo would not be returning to this Beverly Boulevard address at all, surprising fans who weren’t sure the restaurant would come to life anywhere in greater Los Angeles. Since then, talented Canadian star Janet Zuccarini and chef Rob Gentile have taken over the original Madeo space, with plans to open a coastal Italian restaurant named Stella by the end of 2022. is a lot of movement.)

And so after all this moving, it seems that West Hollywood and Beverly Hills Madeo fans will once again be able to enjoy the cuisine and hospitality of the Vietina family this spring. Meanwhile, members of the Vietina family are still operating Bianca’s restaurant in Culver City.

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