About a week ago V’s restaurant + bar officially took over for Charlie’s on the PCH in Malibu with no leopard print chairs to be found. Phew. New owners Vassil Pertchinkov and Yassen Tonev of Guido’s in Malibu have redressed the space in a beachy palette of silvery blue and brown most appropriate for a restaurant across from the sea. Chef Chris Bocchino (Terra) is going for a seasonal California menu with a bit of Italy mixed in via pizza and house-made pastas. Right now one will find wild boar tagliatelle and English pea ravioli. Nothing here is especially cheap, but hey, this is Malibu. Appetizers are mostly in the teens, a La Quercia prosciutto pizza will set one back $20 (just for example Pizzeria Mozza charges $17 for a prosciutto di Parma pizza), and entrees run up to $39 for dry-aged veal chop.

Desserts, like local honey panna cotta, are crafted by Bocchino’s wife, Kristine. See V’s list of $12 cocktails “made with fresh ingredients + love,” it’s a mix of classics and newfangled interpretations.

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Eater Los Angeles August 16th 2013