We thought a very late lunch or very early Xmas Eve dinner, we would be perfect. At 3:30 Il Pastaio wasn’t a mob scene and lo and behold we got a parking space right in front. We love sitting outside and the weather in Los Angeles was perfect – no rain and sunny, but not hot.
White wine from their list
Uovo in Camica con Asparagi – Poached eggs served with asparagus and shaved white truffles – Yes, we were extravagant, but after all this was Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, John didn’t snap a picture of the perfectly runny yolk. There is nothing like a piece of good Italian bread, dipped in runny yolk and topped with some truffles – gives new meaning to a sandwich. The truffles were good – not the best I have ever had, but certainly adequate. The combination of all the ingredients was terrific.
Lasagna alla Bolognese – Homemade Lasagna pasta served with meat sauce. John always orders extra bolognese and must have cheese grated on top. The three men seated at the table next to ours were obviously regulars ( they had a lot of visitors to their table. This is a part of the Il Pastaio scene – everyone seems to know each other.) The fact that they were drooling over the lasagna and vowed that this was a must order on their next visit attests to how good the lasagna was.
Tortelloni di zucca – Homemade tortelloni stuffed with pumpkin and fresh ricotta cheese with sage and parmesan cream sauce – Il Pastaio excels at pasta – never gluey or overcooked. I love pumpkin stuffed pasta so I was a happy camper.
Il Pastaio is a perfect spot for a casual, homey meal. Don’t expect haute cuisine. This is family style dining with well-executed food.