Inspired by the traditional trattoria of Rome, Bacetti opened in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif., in November of 2021. 

Bacetti, meaning “little kisses” in Italian, and the restaurant “is a love letter to Rome, written from LA,” says Chef Joel Stovall. Stovall’s menu melds classic Roman dishes with new offerings.

Designed by Stayner Architects, the interiors feature terrazzo floors, tables, and countertops, exposed original fir beams and leather booths. “Much as you might find in Rome, the interiors are a combination of materials, textures and details from various eras,” says Christian Stayner, principal of Stayner Architects.

Bacetti’s dining room also features original large-scale artwork by LA-based artist and photographer Matt Lipps. The work consists of two massive backlit copper panels with dozens of silhouettes from the artist.

Project: Bacetti

Project Team

Owners: Stayner Architects
Chef: Chef Joel Stovall
Design: Stayner Architects
Branding, graphics: Stayner Architects
Lead contractor: Stayner Properties, Inc. (Design-Build)


Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Opened: November 2021
Concept: Elevated neighborhood trattoria
Menu style: Roman
Real estate type: Freestanding adaptive reuse, building divided into three spaces
Size: 1,500 square feet
Interior seating capacity: 88 
Artwork: Matt Lipps, Portals I & II, brass plated cut steel, LED lights, 2021

Images courtesy of Paul Vu