Best Italian Restaurants in Beverly Hills
In Beverly Hills, you’ll find cuisines from around the world, with Italian being our specialty. Whether you’re searching for more traditional dishes or classics with a modern twist, a bustling family-style restaurant or something a bit more romantic, we promise you’ll find any of these six eateries a truly unforgettable experience.
Born in Seravezza, Italy and raised in Tuscanny before moving to Los Angeles at the age of ten, Edoardo Baldi credits his passion and skill for making Italian dishes to his mother and grandmother who allowed him to help in preparing the family meals. The menu at e.baldi is made up of dishes that remind chef Baldi of different parts of his life and is described as, “nothing fancy, no dishes with too many ingredients and flavors.” With a large menu from which to choose, such as risotto with roasted peppers and Dungeness crab or roasted veal chop and Linguine with fresh clams parsley and chili pepper, you’re sure to enjoy dining at this celebrity-favorite spot. Remember to save room for dessert; Chef Baldi studied the art of pastry baking under legendary baker Angelo Baldini in Tuscany, where he learned that Italian desserts are not just a dessert, they are an essential finale to every meal.
Often hailed as one of Los Angeles’ most romantic restaurants, Il Cielo’s menu is just as enticing as its outdoor courtyard, which features a transparent rooftop so you can see the stars while dining. Enjoy homemade spinach ricotta ravioli with tomato sauce or grilled Atlantic salmon with sautéed broccolini topped with cherry tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. For those looking for a romantic experience, the restaurant offers romance packages to add onto your meal. These special touches include a tall candle for the table, a heart-shaped flourless chocolate cake and rose pedals sprinkled on the table.
La Dolce Vita
With its retro Italian décor featuring ultra-cool red leather booths and chairs and classic brick walls, it’s no wonder why Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack king himself, was a frequent visitor to the restaurant. Sinatra dined at the restaurant so often that his favorite booth was dedicated with his name and a dish was named after him: the Steak Sinatra, a USDA prime 8oz. filet mignon with sautéed peppers and chianti demi glaze. Like many authentic Italian restaurants, the pastas at La Dolce Vita are all hand-made in house, daily. Serving entrées like Pan Seared Alaskan Halibut Alla Checca with baby purple artichokes and Ricotta Fritelle, warm ricotta fritters, orange blossom honey and vanilla gelato for dessert, you’ll be singing the restaurant’s praise to all of your friends and family.
Gourmet magazine called Il Pastaio “A Taste of Heaven” and it’s no wonder why at this popular neighborhood-style restaurant on Beverly Hills’ Little Restaurant Row. The bustling patio is the place to see and be seen for lunch as paparazzi often wait nearby to spot celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Ewan McGregor and Gigi and Bella Hadid. The restaurant takes pride in their homemade pastas, which is evidenced by the 21 pasta dishes listed on their menu! From Spaghetti and Penne, to Bucantini and Spugnette, the selections feature something for every taste. Craving something a bit lighter? Select from Il Pastaio’s menu of 15 different salads. Caesar, mixed baby greens, Caprese, chopped grilled vegetables, the list goes on. As for the desserts, you can’t go wrong with their homemade Panna Cotta, Tiramisu or Budino di Panettone.
Da Pasquale Trattoria
A family run restaurant since 1989, Da Pasquale Trattoria is a classic Italian restaurant that stays true to the recipes from the southern Italian region. Enjoy dishes such as handmade Gnocchi alla Sorrentina with smoked mozzarella and basil in a tomato sauce, Zuppa di Pesce, a seafood soup with clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari and fish cooked in a fish broth with tomatoes and hot peppers, or go for a more hands-on approach and order the Margherita pizza topped with fresh buffalo mozzarella from Italy.
With its white wood-beamed ceiling, arched doorways and windows, DOMA aims to bring a touch of home to Beverly Hills. Enjoy a variety of options such as Butternut Squash Ravioli with a butter sage sauce and balsamic reduction, Rigatoni with tomato braised short rib served with arugula and feta cheese and pizza topped with pancetta, potatoes, mozzarella, parmesan, chives and truffle oil. And don’t forget to request the dessert menu which rotates favorites like classic Italian Cannoli and the C.B.P.B., a dessert made of chocolate tart, brulee’d banana, peanut butter powder and vanilla curd. The restaurant also offers a special menu at the bar which features small plates ranging from Arancini Bolognese Risotto balls to a BBQ short rib sandwich with arugula slaw and house made bread to a selection of pizzas.
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