IL Pastaio - Beverly Hills, CA
Fig Carpaccio, Warm Bread, Pumpkin Tortellini with Sage and Parmesan Cream Sauce, Linguini with 1/2 Lobster and Crab in Spicy Tomato Sauce, Pappardelle Pasta with Duck Ragu
This place was recommended to us by a friend and he did not steer us wrong. I usually find Italian food a bit of ripoff because I feel it is something I can make myself but the dishes we had here would be difficult to replicate.
First we started with the Fig Carpaccio, this dish was the most disappointing it was watery and bland I think instead of chopping the endive they should have kept the leaves whole then added the fig, blue cheese and balsamic reduction. The flavors worked well together but because of the abundance if chopped endive it was rather bland.
The pumpkin and ricotta tortellini where very good and the sauce was exceptional. We expected the dish to be heavy but it was surprisingly light and refreshing.
The lobster and crab linguini was probably our least favorite pasta dish from the three we ordered. It was delicious, just nothing special.
The Pappardelle was my favorite. It was so full of flavor. This was a special that our server recommended and according to our server rarely offered so if you can get it be sure to order it. I was concerned that it would be too rich and it was rich but the extra wide pappardelle really balanced the dish.