good coconut gelato, best authentic italian food, pretty spotty service, favorite gelato place, good ice cream, big generous portions, like rich texture
Al Gelato is a Beverly Hills favorite. I love their tomato sauce. Before I was a vegetarian I used to always order their giant meatball or gnocchi...and apple pie. Needless to say, the gelato is superb.
Best "casual" Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills!.
Generous portions, quaint decor, tasty pastas, salads and deserts and all served with friendly smiles. A welcome if you want to get away from the crowded and hectic pace of upper Robertson Blvd. Informal attire and a great family place to dine.
Pros: Generous portions, tasty food, casual dress, friendly staff. Warm, quaint decor.
Cons: Limited parking during weekdays and payment by cash only.
good gelato bad pricing.
I paid aloto for the gelato. It was good. I had the 2 selections.
But I do have a grevience.....asked if I wanted it to take out or sit outdoors at the table....I said
well...I'll sit, thank you. Then since you are staying...we offer you a SAMPLE 3rd selection, but they
did not say it would cost me more.
I don't like paying for something that I see as a posted price and get a check for another price. I like to know up front what I am paying for ....and have the ability to change my mind if I don't agree. If there is
a posted price....there should be a price for take out and a price for eating in.
Best Gelato/Italian food since Original Italian Grandma walked the earth.
Al Gelato has played a very important part in my life, but we'll save that for another day. What we will talk about today is the fact that Al Gelato not only serves the best, freshest, creamiest gelato in the United States , it also serves some of the best authentic Italian food on earth.
Claire, the original owner/chef from the original Al Gelato in Chicago's burbs, oversees the kitchen, bakes the best homemade thick bread, pickles their own olives/gardenia, makes their own sausage and meatballs, should I go on?
No, it's not fancy..that's the point. It's simply delicious. I've run into everyone from Rickie Lee Jones to Tom Hanks to Bruce Willis here. Yes, it's that great. Do yourself a favor...GO!
Truly a great find in a city starved for good Italian food..
I just got back from there with a friend of mine. He swore by the place. As I was under some time restraints, I wasn't all that excited (had to be in Burbank by 4:00). That all changed after I tasted the food. We split the rigatoni in the sweet tomato basil sauce and the rigatoni and pesto. This was the first really good Italian food I've had out here in Los Angeles and I've been here 5 years. The bread that came with the pasta was fresh and deliciously paired with a hot pepper and olive garnish. We also split a huge meatball that was perfect. Unfortunately, no time or room for dessert but I'll definitely return (maybe tomorrow). Gotta try the apple pie. The parking, pet, and credit card issues that others have with the place are immaterial in light of how good the food and service is.
Go! GO!! GO!!!
Just don't bring your family pet.
The food is fairly good and they have one of the sweetest sauces I have ever had. Do not eat the red velvet cake, as it is not the best. There are only two real issues I have with this establishment and they are: 1) The fact the staff does not really know health code but will cite it as the reason you cannot sit on the curb with your dog and eat. 2) They are so cheap in this day and age that they will not pay transaction fees for credit cards, but will gladly work a deal with an ATM company to split the service charge on the machine inside.
The issue with the pets is a little strange as the seats are not even on an enclosed patio but instead sit literally on the edge of the street. The wait staff stated they could not serve nor allow us to sit outside on the curb with our dog and enjoy our desert. Maybe they should look up the health codes as almost every other restaurant and deli in the City of LA does not seem to fall under this mysterious health code, which they do. I am amazed in a city which is so accepting of pets and prides itself on some tremendous outdoor activities, there would be an owner of any establishment which would deny service to a group with a pet.
Such great gelato!! Really friendly cool people work there. Open late!
The best is chocolate chip, sounds maybe a bit boring, but not here. Sweet vanilla gelato with lots and lots of little chips of chocolate. Also, all the chocolate based ones are amazing. Everything is divine, but I never really get the sorbets. Great coffee too. And bread. The tomato sauce is too sweet.
Added bonus, once saw Jessica Alba and Cash Warren there.
Bad food, so so desert..
The garlic bread is a loaf of super pungent garlic that can feed a family of 5. If you desire to stuff you face and belly, go for it because the portions are very large, however the pastas and sandwiches are not good and not Italian. No need to elaborate.
"Dessert Only". I would only come here for dessert, seriously. The Gelato is good, nothing to die for, but good. Coconut favor is good, Tiramisu flavor is so so.
Service is not that great, it is of the "with a little bit of attitude" variety.
Great Red Sauce and Yummy Gelato. By far, Al Gelato has the best red sauce and meatballs in LA. The red sauce is on the sweet side and the meatball is herby. I always order the ravioli which has yet to fail me. Service is good, if you understand the Chicago way. The gelato and ice are tasty and rich. It has more of a diner feel and is not fancy, but it is good homestyle food. I love their olive and pepper assortment that is offered with the bread. A great find.
Above Average Gelato, Below Average Food. The food was OK, Gelato was great, and Service was horrible. The waitress seemed not to want to be there. She acted like she is too good for the job and we were inconveniencing her too much. No ice tea refills, even though they were not busy. The food was OK, large portions of pasta (I do not like pasta), and the meat was just OK, we had our gelato to go and once we were far away from the evil waitress, the gelato was just marvelous.
Average/below average gelato. Had the chocolate-hazelnut gelato, tried the coconut and mint chip that my friends had. The coconut and mint chip both had chemical overtones (the coconut lacked balance - too much coconut extract or artificial coconut flavoring, not enough milkiness - the mint chip had a mediciney flavor). The gelato wasn't horrible overall - if you're in the neighborhood anyway and want some dessert, I wouldn't avoid the place - but certainly not worth going out of your way for.
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