Drago – Santa Monica

We have been going to Drago for years and years. Celestino Drago is a most gracious host and chef. He is the quintessence of a gentleman. 

 

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Arancini and Bruschetta with Chopped Tomatoes and Shaved Parmesan- this is always served to us as an amuse. A lovely beginning to the meal.

 

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Beef Carpaccio,  Summer Truffles, Pears and Parmesan Cheese Salad – excellent

 

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Parma Prosciutto, Spek and Salami served with Fried Bread – the fried bread is addictive and I could eat a basket of these.

 

 

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Polenta Sandwich, Mushroom Ragu and Cheese Fondue – very, very rich, but delicious

 

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Wide Pappardelle in a Pheasant and Morel Mushroom sauce – toothsome pasta and not over-sauced or served the correct way

 

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My husband always orders his pasta as a split so he can have both the Spaghetti with Cured Tuna Eggs (Bottarga) and the Risotto 

 

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Pan-Roasted Wild Boar Chop, Dry Figs and Star Anise Sauce – portion size was huge.

Drago has been a fixture in Santa Monica for years and even though Celestino’s empire is expanding, this still delivers solid food with excellent service.


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1 Response to “Drago – Santa Monica”


  1. 1 Loving Annie January 21, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Good Wednesday to you again, Lizzie.

    The beef carpaccio and the prosciuttto just added some much needed protein to my diet. I could live on those two every day 🙂


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