Il Fornaio Beverly Hills
- By Ashley Halverson
- Photo By Paige Petrone
One of my favorite parts of having worked in Beverly Hills for over twenty years is being steps away from so many fabulous restaurants. Sandwich shops, steakhouses and everything in between. My all-time favorite fare is Italian of which there are several stellar choices of course but Il Fornaio has consistently been at the top of the list. With a prime patio on the corner of Beverly and Dayton patrons can enjoy some excellent people watching while dining al fresco or choose the elegant classic dining room for a more intimate meal.
We were delighted to discover that Il Fornaio recently added some delectable new items and had to try the Fiori Di Zucca – beautifully battered zucchini blossoms stuffed with ooey gooey delicious mozzarella – #cheesepull – served with a tangy tartar and spicy marinara. Insider tip – save the marinara to dip the table bread! The next new standout item was the Insalata Di Pere – delicate baby lettuces with baked pears, grapes, gorgonzola and pecans – Fall perfection! The Ravioli di Margo al Limone was also new and is something I would get every time. Housemade raviolis filled with rainbow chard and kale in a luscious velvety lemon crème sauce. I can never pronounce this but Capprocciosa pizza is my jam and Il Fornaio’s is pretty much perfect with salty hunks of ham, artichokes, mushrooms and kalamatas.
Looking for a fun Thanksgiving option? Il Fornaio will be open and ready to serve you an incredible traditional meal of Roasted Turkey with all the fixins followed by pumpkin pie with vanilla gelato and caramel sauce – Squisito!
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