Does anyone know about a Chef Massimo who either worked or owned a fine-dining restaurant in Beverly Hills for 10-15 yrs? He’s apparently opened a new fast casual place on Santa Monica Blvd near Overland (where Bru’s Counter used to be).
I stopped by today for a first visit, and it was pretty good (pics coming later). Tuna salad sandwich was fine (grilled bread was a nice touch) and the small side of olives were delicious. All of the pastries on display are apparently made in-house. Had the cornetto and the banana bread. Both were VERY good (perhaps even excellent). Is a cornetto supposed to be a bit thicker and chewier than a croissant (which was the case here)? Wonderfully crispy crust on the cornetto and the subtle aroma and taste of orange. The banana bread was very moist, and the serving was quite large (thankfully, the bread wasn’t as “heavy” as it looked). Service is almost bizarrely polished for a fast-casual place.