About the restaurant: If you're going to be the only Italian restaurant in Koreatown, you'd better do it well. Second Floor Restaurant Bar & Grill's owner Mike Kim understands that. To make the place a success, he has partnered with Italian chef/restaurateur Stefano Ongaro (All' Angelo, DOMA). Ongaro likes to say that he is not Italian, but Venetian. Faithful to his roots, he has composed a menu with true Italian tastes, with no influence from any other parts of the world...
...About the food & drinks: Many items are homemade: bread, sausages, mozzarella and, of course, the pasta. All the dishes on the menu are appetizing. It is just a matter of choosing what you feel like that evening between the antipasti, soup, pizza, risotto, pasta and main courses...
...There are few must-haves: the house-made tagliatelle with pulled roasted rabbit and, yes, fresh mint; the bigoli alla Genovese; and the wild shrimp and Meyer lemon risotto. As you can imagine, Ongaro has put together a wine list with many Italian labels. We like the many choices of wine by the glass.
Here’s an interesting one for always-churning Koreatown: Second Floor Restaurant Bar & Grill has arrived, offering keenly-priced Italian pastas and wine from, yep, the second story of a strip mall off Vermont Avenue.
— Farley Elliott