6/22/2012 02:45:00 PM

Celestino Drago's Next Move: Osteria Drago Coming to Sunset Strip in July

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When Celestino Drago closed his Santa Monica flagship earlier this year, we wondered if he would open something else or sit tight on the success of Drago Centro downtown, and and Il Pastaio and Enoteca Drago in Beverly Hills. Well, it turns out he took over the former Il Sole space on Sunset Boulevard with plans to open Osteria Drago, which should debut the first week of July, according to reps. As far as the space goes, it's the same physical set up with a new look (i.e. furniture, etc.). His former Drago chef de cuisine Evan Gotanda will be at the helm.

Il Sole, remember, was most recently taken over by nightlife impresario Brent Bolthouse. The space was renovated, made more casual, and it still attracted its fair share of celebs and the paparazzi that stalked them, as it has for years. Whether the new osteria will be the same shutterbug magnet is yet to be seen, but having Drago's sensibilities in the kitchen will definitely notch the food a bit higher. Osteria Drago is located at 8741 West Sunset Boulevard.

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