Try the rich pheasant and mushroom ragu over spinach pappardelle ribbons or the black squid ink risotto that L.A. Weekly says "looks like gravel and tastes like heaven".
$$$Italian Restaurant, European RestaurantToday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmMenu
Gourmet Magazine calls il Pastaio "a taste of heaven," and says" the cooks in il Pastaio's kitchen have angel's hands." Los Angeles Magazine critic's choice ranked it "one of the top ten new restaurants." It's no wonder this friendly neighborhood trattoria has been a favorite meeting place, satisfying locals and visiting customers with its mouthwatering pasta since opening in 1994.
Handmade on the premises, pasta is the star of this restaurant. Master chef Celestino Drago and his brother, Executive Chef/Partner Giacomino Drago have designed the menu around pasta as the main course. "We want the customers to feel comfortable like their at home," says Giacomino.
And many guests take him at his word, showing up daily for some of the best risottos and pasta dishes in town.
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Upscale Italian restaurant owned by renowned chef Giacomino Drago, with a patio & celeb clientele.- Google
People talk about people watching, fresh pasta, pasta dishes, squid ink risotto and waiters
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reviewed a month ago
Went after reading great reviews & the location is good. On arrival we were ignored by three wait staff before we managed to get a table. After eventually being seated, we weren't shown a wine list, our waiter had no interest in us. The pasta was OK, not great, and the coffee (while never fantastic in the US) was pretty terrible for an Italian restaurant. Overall a very disappointing experience.
reviewed 9 months ago
Went there on a Saturday night after moving our reservation forward a day. They said there would be a wait but we experienced none. Waiter quickly bought us bread oil, and drinks, can't say enough about the service. My wife ordered the Crab and lobster linguine and I got the filet mignon. Pasta was great, nice amount of crab and lobster good although it was a little over cooked. My filet mignon was horrible. If you go here get the pasta.
reviewed a year ago
Before I checked out the restaurant, I happened to be walking down Canon and saw them making fresh pasta in the window...went to lunch and I was sold. Great Beverly Hills Italian "neighborhood" restaurant. Always busy..which can be frustrating sometimes, but it's worth the wait. Drago family knows what they are doing. Wheat pasta offering A+. Great wines, good people watching. Not touristy.
reviewed 3 weeks ago
The pastas in here are pretty amazing. There are great nights that they may have some specials and they are worth trying, and I mean you have to try them at least once.