Abbot Kinney is about to get even hauter (if that’s possible).
Venice’s hippest street is the chosen home of a new pizza parlor and wine bar spearheaded by owners from two of LA’s most beloved Italian institutions.
Chef Frank Fermin of Mozza and partner Mario Vollera of Piccolo Venice have announced that their new eatery, South End, will have a soft launch this week with a grand opening slated for Sept. 14; Fermin most recently completed a stint as Chef Di Cucina at Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles and as consulting chef at Osteria Mozza in the Marina Bay Sands Singapore and before that, Church & State in downtown Los Angeles working under Chef Walter Manske.
Dishes are inspired by those available in casual European cafés and include baked goods and coffee for early morning diners, and transition into a more extensive menu starting at 3:00 p.m.
South End’s menu consists of traditional pizzas, rustic flatbreads, salads, cheeses, and charcuteries. Specialties include handcrafted pizzas topped with homemade mozzarella, hand chopped tomato sauce made from slow-roasted Roma tomatoes, and a variety of locally sourced products.
The eatery is intimate, seating 28; its interior is minimalistic, conceived of polished concrete floors, exposed wine shelves, and glass pastry cases.