Mondays are notoriously bad for business in most restaurants. But not for LA’s top Mediterranean/Italian eatery Il Piccolino where the exquisitely-decorated room and covered patio were packed with discerning diners. Even with every table taken, the noise level was low enough so couples could listen without straining because a quiet ambiance is what this culinary work of art and efforts by a pair of beloved co-owners Silvio De Mori and Eddie Kerkhofs is all about. The two men alternate hosting the restaurant which is open all day starting at 11:30 a.m. Both are masters of game but it is Silvio whom we’ve come to know best because he is coincidentally always there when we are.
Debonair, Italy-born Silvio strikes quite a presence greeting nearly everyone who walks in by name—there is a regular clientele of neighborhood denizens, show biz folk, and people who will drive in from the Desert just for a finely-tune meal made with truly the best ingredients money can buy and lovingly selected by Silvio and Eddie (who don’t cook but know the ropes well).
So what else makes Il Piccolino special? The food as mentioned above is impossibly delicious time after time. And we go often, so frequently in fact that Silvio creates special menus for us. Last night he decided to fill us to the brim with all the seasonal dishes on the menu. It was a feast for bigger stomachs but we managed—although a good amount came home in a doggy bag. It’s not easy to control yourself when the food is just so heavenly, aphrodisiacally scrumptious.
So what was served? No less than 16 dishes from the spring menu. Eat your heart out:
- White Deutsch asparagus in Hollandaise with truffles that you must eat with the crusty bread dunked into the sauce. So dreamy.
- Imported beef Bresaola with fresh fruit. OMG was this amazing.
- Gnocchi with aged Parmesan and summer truffles that was soft, succulent, tasty.
- Mushroom Toterllini with Pantelleria lentil, I can’t even go how delicious this was.
- Organic ginger carrot gnocchi with salmon roe that I actually liked better than the previous version, too much in fact, I ate the whole thing.
- Rigatoni with vegetarian Bolognese which a true vegan wouldn’t know wasn’t made with real meat and was again surreal.
- Fish ‘spezzatino’ served with Tuscan canellini beans, so fresh so yummy.
Dover Sole with leeks and chanterelles which while about as good as this dish gets had to be packed to go, but no before tasting and wish there was more room in the tummy.
Of course throughout all this we paired dishes with wines from Il Piccolino’s fine list.
And yes folks we had to do dessert but only just tastes of:
- Belgium chocolate Mouse with berries that is a popular signature dish and one taste and you know why.
- Peaches with a Lillet marinated twist oh man.
- Caramel with black salt that is a caramel lover’s heavenly delight.
- Tiramisu with Baileys that toys with your will power and wins.
Looking around the candle-lit room it was obvious we weren’t the only contented diners. All of well-dressed patrons appeared to be relishing and lingering over their meals. It’s that kind of place where you feel relaxed and at home. The food pleasures your taste buds and tummy and the room provides the perfect stage for the affair.
Il Piccolino is located at 350 North Robertson Boulevard, LA, 310-659-2220. You can make reservations on line here. And after you go do write and let us know how much your enjoyed it.