“The office of a video production company by day, Area 8 morphs into a bar serving cocktails and light bites by night, one that attracts lots of locals and a rotating cast of visiting Angelenos. (Jason Schwartzman and Joaquin Phoenix have both been spotted there.) The space is filled with vintage furniture (a Boalum lamp by Castiglioni for Artemide, 1930s Poltrona Frau leather armchairs) and movie posters. On the terrace, a permanently parked 1955 Piaggio Ape scooter functions as a D.J. booth, playing everything from ’80s Britpop to electronic bass, and live bands swing through at least once a week. Try the Milano-Matera, Area 8’s take on a Negroni, finished with a sprig of burnt thyme, and the tschips — thinly sliced, toasted Materan bread accompanied by gazpacho, stracciatella cheese and black-olive tapenade.”

[New York Times, 2017 – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/t-magazine/travel/matera-italy-guide.html