Il Pastaio

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.


3 Responses to “Il Pastaio”

  1. 1 Taylor September 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    The food looks delicious!

  2. 2 lizziee September 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    You didn’t eat it.

  3. 3 Ashley October 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Il Pastaio is my family’s absolute favorite restaurant. The lasagna is definitely a must have, and it is made in true Italian fashion. The sauce is absolute perfection, and I felt it “just right” in the meatiness department. I particularly enjoy that the sauce is not like the usual tomatoey/overly meaty American sauces I’ve had at other restaurants but made instead with a bechamel base. My sister lives in Oregon and flies back just to eat Drago’s lasagna. Once he even made her a week’s worth so we could fly it in to University of Oregon. All of us LOVE Il Pastaio: food, scene, and staff.

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