“Mangia & Bevi by Le Vigne” Eat and Drink!

Sorpresa! Surprise! This summer, we are opening a new tasting room in Los Angeles.

Hi! I’m Michelle, the newest addition to the Le Vigne team. I have the pleasure of helping the Filippini Family, Walter, Sylvia and Domenico, execute their latest vision: Mangia & Bevi by Le Vigne – a place to eat, drink, and have a good time, without the long (but undeniably beautiful) drive to Paso Robles. Just south of LA’s Arts District, they have chosen a beautiful red brick building with one large tasting room and two private tasting rooms amongst the industrial warehousing of Vernon for this new creative endeavor. The outside will soon be flourishing with re-planted zinfandel vines right from the Domenico Estate Vineyard in Paso Robles.  

Gif of grape vines creeping up the fence in front of the tasting room.
Can you picture the vines creeping along?

Guests will have the option to sit outside at one of the upcycled screen printing frames left by the previous tenants that we have turned into tables.  

Screen printing frame with flower design on a hot pink background.
Screen printing frame with flower design. This area was once a booming garment district and the original home to brands like Forever 21 and Lucky Brand.

Inside, you will be greeted by me! And a new, but classic look.

The tasting room bar made of upcycled pallet wood with Wine Shop Manager Michelle photoshopped into the photo.
This is the tasting room bar…and the extent of my photoshop skills.

If you have been to the winery and tasting room in Paso Robles, you know that guests are instantly transported to Tuscany with its terracotta roof, crumbling stone walls, rustic accents, and surrounding vineyards. Here, one might find the look to be a bit more modern but the philosophies will stay the same. 

Upcycled pallet wood adorns the wall in the tasting room.
A tringle-shaped window framed and surrounded by upcycled pallet wood.
The wood used in the building design was primarily upcycled from old pallets.

Los Angeles natives may remember Walter and Sylvia’s restaurant in a train car called Il Treno. Well, they have missed cooking for their guests so we will be offering take and bake meals including lasagna, Bolognese, pizza, tiramisu, and much more. Want to chef-it-up yourself at home? Our little market in the tasting room will be fully stocked with the best items available from Europe with a main focus on Italy. We will have everything you need for a complete meal: fresh bread, olive oils, dried pastas, sauces, spices, snacks and sweets, and the list goes on!

Three shelves with cheese wheels and wedges.
Cheese, cheese, and more cheese!

Oh, and how could I forget…CHEESE! The Filippini family are long-time importers of artisan cheeses, charcuterie, pâtés, olives, butters, and various other gourmet commodities. While visiting us for a wine tasting, we will have a rotating cheese flight to pair with each wine on the list that was packaged right next door at our sister company, Peacock Cheese. Just stopping by? We will always have an extensive cheese selection available to take home.  

A bountiful cheese and charcuterie platter. Photo by Michael's Gourmet Pantry.
Bountiful cheese and charcuterie platters will be made to order.

Okay, now I’m hungry but thankfully, it’s lunch time! And after lunch, we enjoy our second (or third) espresso of the day and we like to share! Espresso will be available for your trek to work in the morning along with fresh pastries, before opening for wine tastings. Walter generously whipped up an amazing yet simple lunch today in the kitchen at the Peacock Cheese warehouse for the staff. He did not have to go out of his way to do that and he has probably been here since the break of dawn working in distribution. But that is the style of hospitality here – we will make sure you are fed and well taken care of like family, no matter who you are. This is something that is deeply engrained in the Le Vigne culture and we intend to provide that same experience at to you at Mangia & Bevi.  

We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones a part of la famiglia. 

“A tavola non si invecchia”

(You don’t get old at the table) 

It means that with good company and good food, time doesn’t pass. You can spend hours chatting over a meal with friends and it will never be time wasted.” – Gina Mussio @ginamussio 

See you soon! Ciao! 

Michelle McDermott 

Wine Shop Manager – Mangia & Bevi by Le Vigne 

Follow us on Facebook @LeVigneWine and Instagram @LeVigneWinery for more information about the official opening date. 

If you’d like to learn more, please email me m.mcdermott@levignewinery.com

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