Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills has become more about the scene than the food. It is THE place to sit outside on a lovely Los Angeles afternoon while people watching and being watched.
Wine from their list
Our terrific waiter – Porcu Vincenzo
Beef Carpaccio served with capers, shaved parmesan cheese and mustard dressing – good but not extraordinary
Soft polenta served with morelle and porcini mushrooms and fresh black truffles – this was an indulgence on our part – very pricey at $45 a serving. The polenta was way too loose – more like a thin soup. I think the problem was that it was served immediately – after it sat on the table for a while, it became the proper consistency. The truffles were not worth the up-charge – not even close to great let alone good truffles.
Lasagna Bolognese – Homemade Lasagna pasta served with meat sauce. Where or where was the meat sauce? John asked for extra bolognese sauce and was able to create a better version of the lasagna.
John’s reworking of the lasagna
John also likes a lot of parmesan cheese on top, probably to the horror of many Italians!
Linguine con Crostacei – Linguine pasta with half lobster and crab meat in a light spicy tomato sauce – good but not even close to the great pasta dishes at Vin Bar/Valentino.
This was a pleasant afternoon but just not great cuisine – I would rather go to Vin Bar or Villetta.