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Akasha Richmond has relaunched Indian restaurant Sāmbār as an Italian spot.

The second restaurant from the chef owner of Akasha, this new Culver City dining destination serves rustic Italian cuisine.

The menu is inspired by Richmond’s extensive travels throughout Italy and her nine-year cooking relationship with her first husband and his mother – who both hail from a small village in Sardinia.

Ranging from burrata to fritto misto and pizzas, the kitchen remains under the leadership of chef Kirk Plummer. Meanwhile the cocktail program — a strong point at Sambar — is overseen by the same Clare Ward.

Ideal For

Client dinners, snacks at bar, date nights

Favorite Room

Outdoor patio

Signature Dishes

Handmade pastas like lasagna verde comprised of spinach pasta with short rib, prosciutto and mushroom ragú; and mains like Kirk’s porchetta, made with Niman Ranch pork, Dario’s herb salt, fresh herbs, pear mostarda and dandelion salad.

Signature Drinks

The Italian-influenced bar program features the Solo Negroni section with six creations prepared with Italian spirits, fortified wines and herbs, in addition to and Italian-focused wine list that are biodynamic and organically farmed.