When it comes to enjoying a diversified dinner, in a contemporary setting, Bugatta Restaurant and Bar is just the spot studio executives and regular folks enjoy. Unlike other restaurants, Bugatta serves an array of colorful dishes such as Bruschettas, like Prosciutto di Parma, which consists of local burrata, cherry tomatoes and basil. There are also items such as Fig Pistachio made with red wine, pomegranate figs and pistachio butter and Granny Apple, which I love. It consists of honey goat cheese, black currants and walnuts. But enough already.
Your probably wondering what Bugatta’s ambiance is like. First and foremost, it is cozy, with areas with couches were one dines, in a contemporary American fusion setting. Second, it has three separate areas, one meeting room for business meetings, a huge elegant bar, and a private area upstairs are for private parties, surrounded by rich fabrics in lush red with a private bar.
All this with a private outside patio surrounding the venue, where smokers can relax and couples can romanticize while overlooking Melrose Avenue. There’s also a private elevator available for those who don’t want to walk the stairs. What’s even more unique about Bugatta is its back room, where filmmakers can premiere their films at no charge. According to James Blackley, the operations director, it’s better to work with the community and ask groups to buy a drink or have appetizers, then to charge for the screening of a film. It’s certainly a great way to network and promote the restaurant.
The evening of our culinary journey, veteran actor Vinny Vella, Julia Alexander, producer Rich Rossi and myself enjoyed an array of cuisine. As mentioned in the beginning of my story, the appetizers are superb. The main dishes however are also very exciting.
Thai Noodle for example is marinated with fillet mignon or chicken with avocado, mango and peanuts. I recommend this dish highly. There’s also the King Salmon which has roasted mushroom with risotto and Chardonnay Bur Blanc. Other items of interest which my guest enjoyed were the skewers of fillet Mignon with roasted cherry tomatoes, pearl onions and red wine demi. Vinny Vella, during the end of our dinner gave a heads up to James Blackley for the Fresh Linguini.
This dish consisted of Prosciutto di Parma, Arugula, Tomato and Parmesan. The overall concept of the Bugatta dining experience is designed to share a social experience and enjoy a diverse selection of food. In ending our culinary journey, I would be remiss if I didn’t pay tribute to the freshly made Martinis and the specialty cocktails.
The Dirty Hipster made with Scotch, Drambuie, Cherry Liquor, Ginger Beer and fresh basil was a knockout for Rich Rossi. Bugatta is located at 7174 Melrose Avenue, in Hollywood. Hours of operation are from 4pm until 10 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and 4pm until 2am on Friday and Saturday. Sunday and Monday Bugatta is closed.
For reservations call  964-9494. Celebrity Scene News rates Bugatta Restaurant its highest, a 10.