Sor Tino is, obviously, Italian. The name means Sir Tino and refers to Tuscan chef/owner Agostino Sciandri (above). Sciandri has been promoting Italian food in Los Angeles for years, currently at such places as Toscanova, Ago, Caffe Roma, Vespaio and, since 2004, Sor Tino. He's from the countryside outside Florence.
"Italian food is very simple," he says. "When it's complicated, it's not Italian food any more."
An example is pappardelle cinghiale, pappardelle with wild boar ragu (above). "We started this [dish] in Los Angeles," Sciandri says proudly. As the photo shows, the pasta isn't overwhelmed with sauce.
The food is "authentic Italian," said Sciandri, but devoid of sauces that have simmered for the best part of a day. "That's old style," he says. "We have to speed it up a little."