The best date night just came to Westwood, California, and although the location is notorious for its college frat guys and keggers, iPic theaters is the catalyst for transforming the area to an upscale dining and entertainment destination. iPic is more than just a movie theater; it’s the whole entertainment package. iPic has teamed up with Tanzy Restaurant, which serves artisanal Italian cuisine for lunch, dinner, or late night in its magnificent dining room and outdoor seating areas. The interior design is enough to make you filled with awe for several minutes upon entering Tanzy. Before heading to your film, you can enjoy a beautifully crafted three courses along with a glass of one of their fine wines or cocktails. Both the food and drink menus can cater to any palate, so you’re sure to impress your date no matter what. Upon entering you are greeted by an impeccably-dressed staff whose gracious and warm demeanor make you feel at comfortable and welcomed. The server’s first question is “are you here to see a movie?” to make sure that he or she can serve you in a timely manner so you can go upstairs to enjoy your film after your meal. You may purchase your tickets in advance or at the door, and then enjoy a meal or a cocktail before the film.
I started with the grilled octopus, which was perfectly cooked and paired with a warm potato salad and parsley emulsion. The tanginess of the parsley complemented the octopus well and the potatoes made the dish heartier. The cauliflower is not their strong point, and should be served warm instead of the slightly below room temperature dish which I was served. However, they won back my respect when I continued with the porkbelly and boomsdale spinach salad, which featured fried porkbelly from Snake River Farms (whose beef is also incredible). While not Kosher, I definitely did not regret enjoying the salad. The warm spinach balanced the saltiness of the pork, and made for a filling but not overbearing dish. Tanzy also makes their own fresh pasta daily, including their pappardelle, which includes a ragu of mushrooms and roasted chicken. While dishes are small, they are carefully crafted and quite original for an Italian background.
You have never seen a film like this before. Each theater is completely decked out with fully reclining plush seats, including your own personal pillow and blanket. A server comes by your seat to offer you complimentary popcorn, and asks if you would like to order anything from their food or cocktail menu (separate from the dining room’s Italian menu). Your server offers water and continues to be at your call throughout the film. The experience is truly unmatched by any other movie theater/restaurant duo. It is the first establishment of its kind, and I believe it will definitely build a following in the coming months.