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WSLA: Otium

Otium is a jewel box in its own right, with high ceilings and a soft glow. (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

Otium opened in 2015, adjacent the spectacularly scalloped façade of the Broad Museum near Disney Hall in DTLA. It’s a jewel box in its own right, with high ceilings and a soft glow; a two-story glass-walled wine storage tower, the room’s literal centerpiece, gets you in a vinous mood. Chef Timothy Hollingsworth’s menu is extravagant and constantly changing. How extravagant? How do you feel about sea urchin spaghetti with smoked-scallop cream and black truffle?

Andrew Petingell’s wine list is vast and deep; it includes an extensive Burgundy section, but also more than 100 bottles under $100. “We have value here that just-opened restaurants can’t offer with today’s mark-ups,” he likes to point out. Many of the wines he brought on the list in 2015, for example, have remained at their original price. Not to mention the $200 bottle of 2012 Dom Pérignon, selling below retail. Alyssa Shepherd recently joined the team as wine director. When asked what she’d pair with that sea urchin spaghetti, Hollingsworth’s special-of-the-day, she offered Pierre Morey 2014 Bâtard-Montrachet, then laughed, “It’s also a great value.”

Otium is part of our Top 30 LA List of 2023. Read the whole story here.

222 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012


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Based in Los Angeles, California, Alissa Bica is the Associate Editor and Spirits Critic at Wine & Spirits. She is also a sommelier at 71 Above and co-runs the home wine tasting company, Côte Brune and Blonde. In any rare moments of free time, she writes about obscure grape varieties in the blog Off the Beaten Wine Path.

This story appears in the print issue of Spring 2023.
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