Though they’re separated by thousands of miles, California and Italy have quite a bit in common. The two locales share similar topography, climes, and reverence for food — placing utmost importance on where food comes from and how it is prepared. This was the focus as Chef Evan Funke and his partner, Janet Zuccarini, brought FELIX to Venice Beach, CA. The new restaurant focuses on the culinary traditions of Italy’s most celebrated regions and features handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza, and a hearty cocktail list — all of which celebrate local farmers and seasonal ingredients.

The design, which we’ll admit is what we’re focusing on today, was a collaboration between the duo and designer Wendy Haworth. “In developing the design direction for the restaurant, the primary consideration for Janet and Evan was that the space should feel warm and inviting, as if you were visiting someone’s home,” Wendy explained. “They also wanted to enter into the Venice community respectfully by honoring its spirit of unpretentious approachability and authenticity.”

The building, which was originally built in the 1920s, feels retro and modern all at once with pops of Vespa green alongside black and white. Throughout, you’ll see authentic Italian details including vintage light fixtures, marble counters and floor tiles, rich fabrics and Fornasetti wall coverings. And did we mention the glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled pasta lab? It’s dinner and (the best kind of) show.

To learn more about FELIX or to make a reservation, click here.