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Il Pastaio Restaurant, Beverly Hills

March 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Il Pastaio Ristorante, Beverly Hills

Calamari Fritti
Fried Calamari with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Il Pastaio Ristorante, Beverly Hills


Il Pastaio Ristorante, Beverly Hills

Fettuccine Bolognese
Homemade Fettuccine with Meat Sauce

Il Pastaio Ristorante, Beverly Hills

Risotto Nero
Carnaroli Rice with Calamari, Shrimp, Scallops and Squid Ink Sauce

Il Pastaio Ristorante, Beverly Hills

Tortelloni di Zucca
Homemade Pumpkin Tortelloni, Stuffed with Fresh Ricotta Cheese, Pumpkin with Sage Parmesan Cream Sauce

Il Pastaio Restaurant
400 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Tel: (310) 205-5444

Categories: Italian, Los Angeles

OTTO Ristorante

October 24, 2011 2 comments

OTTO Ristorante occupies a cosy spot at the Red Dot Traffic Building, and is not to be confused with Oso Ristorante at Bukit Pasoh. OTTO Ristorante is helmed by Italian chef Michele Pavanello, and he has countless accolades under his belt. After one visit there with Ter, to celebrate the light at the end of the tunnel of a tough week, we can see why they have garnered rave reviews. OTTO apparently represents the number ‘8’ in Italian, and it’s a lucky number in many cultures, especially in the Asian culture. I am not sure how the name of the restaurant came about (not really one of those google-able names), but I can definitely see or rather, taste how they have infused Italian cuisine with a dash of Asian flavour to stoke our taste buds. So lucky or not, they definitely did a good job with weaving in local flavour to their dishes to reach out to a wide clientele base.

OTTO Ristorante

Baked herbs salmon. This was the amuse bouche that was served, and with its slightly tangy tomato sauce, it certainly served its purpose of whetting our appetite.

OTTO Ristorante

Carpaccio di manzo Giapponese con Instalatina di Funghi e Parmigiano (Wagyu beef carpaccio with mushroom and parmesan cheese salad). Looks very red and raw but it was yummy! There is nothing to not like when you have parmesan cheese and thinly sliced wagyu beef together.

OTTO Ristorante

Tagliata di Merluzzo Atlantico in Crosta di Olive Taggiasche e Salsa all’Aglio dolce (Atlantic cod “Tagliata” with “Taggia” black olive crust served with sweet garlic sauce). The cod was fresh and I really enjoyed this dish. Something about the crusty exterior, and smooth cod slices beneath that melt in your mouth.

OTTO Ristorante

Maialino da Latte Croccante Laccanto al Miele d’Acacia e Balsamico Stravecchino (Crispy “suckling pig” lacquered with acacia honey and balsamic vinegar). This is one of their signature dishes, and I would recommend this for those who love sio ba (roasted pork). Same kind of sinful feeling eating it, but the crisp-to-perfection skin and succulent pork makes for a worthy indulgence really.

Did I mention they serve quite a wide variety of bread, which comes warm  and nice as well? I am a sucker for bread (it’s weird, I know), and I was very happy to have bread to fill hungry me up while waiting for the dishes to be served. Service there was also impressive; everyone was affable and attentive. I heard they’ve got awesome lunch sets as well, but I don’t work in the CBD area, so would be hard pressed to swing by for lunch, unless I am on leave. Would love to give it a try though, heh. After the long hard week that I had at work, the dinner at OTTO was like a silver lining to the cloud for me. Made me feel so.. lucky? 🙂

OTTO Ristorante
28 Maxwell Road
#01-02 Red Dot Traffic Building
Tel: +65 6227 6819
Opening hours
Mon–Fri 12pm – 2.30pm
Mon–Sat 6.30pm – 10.30pm
(Closed on Sun)

La Braceria Pizza & Grill

August 11, 2011 Leave a comment

I am sure Italian food is a fave to many, but I for one, especially love Italian food, and Italy, for that matter. Was there many years back and there is nothing to not love about Rome & Florence, with their lazy cobblestone streets, glorious food, wine, gelato and careless attitude. In a way, Italian food reflects everything that Italy is about: indulging. I am a big fan of pizzas especially, and I can never get enough of pizzas, except maybe Pizza Hut’s pizzas.. those are not really counted because they’re mass produced.

So I was delighted when Ter brought me to La Braceria Pizza & Grill. Delighted because it is far away from the crowd in the Greenwood enclave, it is well known for its yummy pizzas, and of course, it was a Friday evening when I went there. I love good dinners on Friday evenings!

La Braceria is along Greendale Ave, which is essentially behind the main Greenwood stretch of eateries. Blink and miss kind, really. But a hidden gem. We made reservations, but were assigned to a dingy corner near the entrance to the washroom. I enjoyed the dinner nonetheless, because the food was as good as some of the rave reviews I had read.


Insalata di Rucola
Fresh rocket, parmesan cheese, cherry tomatoes in extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar


Alla Braceria
Mozzarella, beef tenderloin, porcini mushrooms and parmesan cheese 

The beef slices were nicely done, though a little overwhelming (read: too much). I only eat thin crust pizzas, so this was perfect in that aspect. The cheese and beef went well together, both packs a punch when you take a bite.


Merluzzo “Ubriaco” al forno
Oven baked cod fish with cherry tomato and olive sauce

Like I said, Ter is more health conscious, so he normally doesn’t order much carbs. He went for the baked cod, with prawns and clams. The cod was very good! I always love it when the cod fish is fresh, and doesn’t need much effort to eat, meaning you can use a fork to slice it easily, with no flaking of the fish. Though pizza was my main dish, I think I ate a big portion of the fish. Maybe that’s why I could not finish the pizza? Heh.

I want to try their other pizzas! 🙂

La Braceria Pizza & Grill
5 Greendale Ave
Tel: +65 6465 5918
Opening Hours
Lunch: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm