Serafina Restaurant Group has finally arrived on the West Coast with the opening of Serafina Sunset. This is the first California installment of the legendary New York City-based Italian eatery. The renowned restaurant chain, founded in 1995 by Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato, offers light Italian fare highlighted by delicious thin-crust pizza served in Serafina’s signature upbeat, energetic atmosphere from morning to night.

After debuting on Madison Avenue over 20 years ago, Serafina instantly became a popular destination for local families and trendy jetsetters. Assaf and Granato’s unique Serafina style was quickly embraced in New York and beyond as they opened seven more locations in NYC and expanded around the world. Alongside partners Mel B and Stephen Belafonte, Assaf and Granato have chosen the Sunset Boulevard location because of its vibrant nightlife and the prime West Hollywood scene.

“Working with Mel B and Stephen has been fantastic and we are so excited to part of the Sunset Boulevard family. The free-spirit and fun attitude and energy of LA is a perfect fit for our Serafina concept, where we love playing host to a fabulous mix of celebrities, families and other creative people,” says owners Assaf and Granato. “Los Angeles had been on our wish-list for a long time and our dream has finally come true.” 

Want to hit up Serafina Sunset? Check out the five fabulous reason to go:

#1. The Location

#1. The Location  Photo: Serafina Restaurant Group

Serafina Sunset is located in the the heart of West Hollywood on the famous Sunset Blvd. The stylish neighborhood also includes blocks the private members-only club Soho House as well as swanky hotels including The Mondrian, The Standard and The Andaz. The restaurant is also steps from nightlife hotspots 1OAK and Boosty Bellows.

#2. The Space

#2. The Space Photo: Serafina Restaurant Group

Open daily for lunch and dinner, Serafina Sunset features a spacious outdoor dining area, a second floor terrace used for private parties or events, and a large bar in the middle of the space. The décor is light and airy with art from Mr. Brainwash displayed throughout the restaurant. A beautiful fire pit in the patio gives guests a cozy, comfortable vibe.

#3. The Chef's Specialties 

#3. The Chef Specialities Photo: Serafina Restaurant Group

Locals and NYC transplants are finally able to enjoy Serafina’s homemade pastas made with pesto, hillside cherry tomatoes, porcini mushrooms, caviar, truffles combined with signature sauces. Favorites include Paglia and Fieno, Spaghetti Aglio E Olio “Al Pacino” and Tagliolini Di “Cortina” Al Pollo. Additionally, guests can choose simple marinated meats, fish and vegetables like Branzino Al Cherry Tomatoes, Grilled Fresh Atlantic Salmon, Chicken Breast Paillard and Veal Scaloppine Al Limone.  Serafina Sunset offers a variety of salads and vegan options including the immensely popular Vegetarian Platter made with spaghetti squash, mixed vegetables, pine nuts and tomato sauce. All of Serafina’s creative dishes come to life with the freshest locally grown produce and ingredients, while the delicious desserts and extensive wine list satisfy every craving.

#4. The Pizza Photo: Serafina Restaurant Group

Of course, don't forget the pizza. Serafina offers over 20 varieties of thin crust pizzas made with 00 Italian flour, filtered water, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt from Sicily. The Pizzas are light enough to be shared as a starter or consumed as a main course.  The menu includes selections that are popular worldwide including the Tartufo Nero made with robiola cheese, fonstina, truffle oil and black truffles; the Al Caviale made with boiled sliced potatoes, crème fraichem caviar; Di Fabio with tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto di parma, sliced tomato; and V.I.P Margherita made with imported Italian “fior di latte” mozzarella, tomato and fresh basil.

#5. The Crowd 

#5. The Crowd Photo:  Ray Tamarra/Getty Images

Serafina is certainly a favorite of Hollywood's A-List crowd including the Kardashian sisters, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Diane Kruger and Cameron Diaz. Now with a Los Angeles location, expect to see even more celebs dining here.  

Serafina Sunset is located on 8768 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 and is open Monday to Thursday from 12pm – 12am, Friday from 12pm – 1:30am, Saturday from 11:30 – 1:30am, and Sunday from 11:30am – 12am.