Food at the Petersen Museum has received as big a makeover as the building’s dramatic new exterior. On December 12, Drago Ristorante opened in the museum, bringing a new, much more up-scale vibe to on-site dining.
According to a story in EaterLA, the original Drago, in Santa Monica, closed in 2012, but the owners have remained active in the local food scene, with another Drago outpost downtown, and several other restaurants around the city.
The food at the new location is billed as “contemporary Italian cuisine” and includes handmade pastas, salads, meat and fish options (including burgers at lunch), and “brick oven pizza.”
Both the food and decor appear sleek and modern, which EaterLA noted:
“…seems to be in line with the Petersen Automotive Museum’s new exterior aesthetic, with clean swooping lines and an international look by Felderman Keatinge + Associates. Stanley Felderman and co-designer Nancy Keatinge call it a “streamlined modernism,” melding traditional and contemporary elements, much like Drago’s approach to the food.”
Drago is open at the Petersen Sunday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., serving both lunch and dinner. The lunch menu is a bit more casual than dinner options.