best italian food, great trenette pasta, reasonable prices, rude waiters, great local place, favorite patio seating restaurant, only great everything
My meal at this Beverly Hills favorite was a defining LA moment--sitting on the patio in spaghetti straps in spring (doesn't usually happen in my hometown of PDX), listening to a high-powered Hollywood couple discuss the nuances of nanny-hunting, and watching the Botox'd-to-the-hilt Beverly Hill-ites nibble salads and pasta, while eating a Caprese salad piled with about 5 pounds of dreamy, decadent burrata. It just doesn't really get any better than that.
A Hidden Gem. I finally tried this restaurant after hearing rave reviews from friends. It is very small and not as well known as other restaurants in the area, but probably one of the BEST italian restaurant in the city. The wait was long (even with a reservation) but the spectacular food and service more than made up for it. Like I said, the restaurant is SMALL therefore the tables are very, very close together which was kind of annoying, but the food is well worth it! I also reccomend Il Trammezino (sp.?) next door. They have excellent paninis, salad, and pasta... great, casual lunch spot or for late night takout on the weekends.
Great food- but inconsiderate service and horrible seating set up.
When you stay at a hostel or dine on a budget in Europe, you sit very close to the other people, almost like a cafeteria. So when a restaurant wants to fit as many people in their establishment as possible in LA, they decide it's more palatable to call it "European style seating" (picture me saying that all with a big smirk)- I arrived on a moderately busy night, and everyone was sat so close they couldn't move their elbows, and I don't find that romantic at all.
Our server seemed very preoccupied with some girls across the street and just did the basic things without any hospitality. I can deal with a cold server if he is deal1ng with everything on time and not out right rude, but towards the end of our meal, he slapped to desert menus down, and after being ignored for 32 whole minutes (oh yeah, we counted!) he came over and asked us if we wanted dessert- we did initially, but after he disappeared for so long we were naturally unhappy so we decided to slip over to Urth cafe instead.
It's not all negative :) The pumpkin ravioli was amazing, and the lobster was pretty great too. I really enjoyed my wine. My compliments to the chef! The night would have been great had they just put the tables a foot apart and possibly got a server who was thinking about more than his next commercial audition and the young ladies across the street.
My favorite restaurant in Beverly Hills. I brought my 93 yr old mother-in-law here for dinner. We had to wait, but the staff made every effort to make her comfortable until our table was ready. I was very impressed. The tables are close together, so it was a little hard for her to be seated, but we both thought it was worth it.... the food is like pure perfection on your tongue! I think it would be impossible to have a bad meal here. Outstanding food, outstanding service, nice ambiance. My only complaint is I wish the restaurant were bigger to accomodate all the loyal patrons... that's ok though, it's well worth the wait.
2 Words: Pumkin Ravioli! (2 more words: everything else). There isn't a dish in this restaurant that isn't good. Everything is only great or better. Pumpkin Ravioli is a must, I also recommend the fettucine bolognese and anything with truffles (or truffle oil). Salads and appetizers are great too. FYI it's Italian but there is no pizza if that's what you're looking for. It gets crowded on Weekends for lunch and dinner so expect a wait. Perfect patio seating restaurant for a nice summer day.
Great find. gooditalian food in the heart of beverly hills for great prices! ive been going to this place for years and i have yet to be disappointed. the pasta always comes out hot and fresh. and not for the price of the restaurants on same street. great for lunch.
Favorite Italian place in Bev Hills -- or anywhere in LA, honestly. This place is usually packed, with folks waiting outside. There is a very good reason for this. This restaurant is utterly amazing, and, with many pasta dishes in the $18-$30 range, it is relatively reasonably priced given its location. I've been going here for 2 years, and almost always get these AMAZING mushroom ravioli (in a creamy truffle-cheese sauce). OMG. Incredible. My better half always gets a delighful pasta with venison -- I'm not normally a venison fan, but in this format, it's delish. HIGHLY recommended. I don't think they take reservations, but it's worth the wait. Order a glass of wine while you're waiting, and get ready for a tasty meal!
Wonderful!. My Girlfriend and I had an amazing time here last night. The waiter was very helpful and the food was GREAT and the price was right too. A bottle of wine, two dinners and a dessert for $70. You can't beat that in the area. Will be returning real soon.
avoid when looking for quality of food. A very popular resturant because of the area but the service and food do not have the same appeal, a simple bass and vegetable plate was the worst food I've had in the area so far, the quality and presentation of the food was horrible as well as the chef who left more than 5 large fish bones in my meal! After I choked on sharp bones instead of apologized to and having the meal taken off the bill, the waiter argued with me that should have just picked them out and proceeded explaining how bones are normal and I should have been more carefully and seen them. Along with my over priced meal came 1 baby carrot 1 peace of broccoli and 2 baby squash, I ordered another side of vegetables recieving 1 more of each vegetable. I have never had such a horrible meal or service in that area
Best Italian food in L.A.. Hey, there's a reason for why it's always packed. It's simply THE BEST Italian food you'll have in L.A. (or N.Y for that matter. I couldn't find a place that would match up to Il Pastaio even on Mulberry St...). First of all, every time you eat there (and I'm there at least once a week) the place is full of REAL Italian diners. When was the last time you've encountered Italians eating @ the Macaroni Grill or the Olive Garden? Huh? Waiting for a table? Unless you're a party of 12, getting a table for 2-4 people with no reservation even on a packed Friday or Saturday night is a matter of 15 to 20 minutes tops. The food is just unbelievable. Everything is made in house; from the bread to the pasta, to the cheesecake. Il Pastaio is a "No miss" restaurant. You can literally open the menu, close your eyes, point your finger at ANY dish and I guarantee you'll like it. Yeah, the tables are kinda close to each other but trust me when that food comes you won't mind sitting on the floor to eat it... I would say the service is about 8 out or 10 average. There's one waiter who's REALLY bad and every time I go I try to avoid his section but everyone else is very good & fast, even the busboys. Price is very reasonable, especially for the quality of food you're getting. Bottom line, Il Pastaio is my #1 choice for good food in L.A.
A 20 minute wait that turned into a 43 minute wait as we watched people arrive after us and get seated..
I went to II Pastaio Thursday for lunch with three associates and would like to have been able to comment on the food but alas, I can't as our party was never seated.
I phoned ahead for a reservation and was told that they do not take reservations but that they would take my name for a 12:30 PM arrival for four. We arrived a little late (12:43PM) and as I checked in the matredee could not find my name in the commuter. She took my name and indicated that the wait would be 20 minutes. She failed to ask how many were in my party.
About 15 minutes later I checked back with the matredee and she said it would only be a few minutes. I looked over her shoulder at the commuter screen with my name and noticed that she had indicated that there were only 2 in my party. Before I could tell her that this was wrong, Joey another employee at II Pastaio stepped forward to ask how many was in my party. I told him four. He indicated that he would find us a table in a few minutes.
After 15 minutes had passed and Joey did not come back to take us to a table, I again inquired as to the status of our table and Joey said that the bills were paid but the people were sitting and talking and that it would be a few more minutes.
Meanwhile, the people in my party noticed a table of four that had come available. The table was reset and two gentelmen were given the table. We were still left waiting and it was 1:25PM.
I told Joey of what we had just observed and ask him if he agreed that we have been waiting a long time which he did agree. I asked for the manager's name and number, which Joey gave me, and left the establishment.
This is not the type of treatment that I would expect from any restaurant in the City Search website and I will not go back to II Pastaio.
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