closing A.O.C. on West Third and reopening it in what's now Il Covo just a little bit west. We know that the duo are extremely excited for the new chapter, having loved that space for as long as they could remember (both are native Angelenos), and that it means more dining space, including that coveted patio, which will be a lovely setting for lunch and brunch, the wood-burning oven and a full bar. But Sean MacPherson put a lot of time and effort into the decor of Il Covo, creating a super cozy Italian spot with no remnants of Orso left behind. So what changes are in store for the new A.O.C.?
"We aren't gutting it," says Goin. "It will be more of a light remodel or redecoration. There will be some cosmetic changes to make it feel more light and Southern Californian, playing off of that garden. It won't be so dark and Italianate. We'll definitely bring some of our own aesthetic." The menu, too, will get a few updates. "The whole idea of A.O.C. was about sharing, so now we'll get a chance to do some larger family-style dishes, like whole fish or platters of roast lamb with flatbreads. Maybe breaking out of the mold that we're in just a little." Il Covo will close at the end of this year, and the new A.O.C. is expected to open early 2013. The original location will continue to operate as long as possible, definitely past New Year's.
Also on tap: Goin penned an A.O.C. cookbook to hit the shelves later next year, featuring some of the restaurant's most popular dishes for home-cooked feasts. "It has classic dishes like the brioche with egg, the cavalo nero and the bacon-wrapped dates, " she says. "But it's broken down for regular-sized portions. I don’t think people want to serve seven or so small plates for dinner at home."