An odyssey of fine dining with Richard and Patti Pietschmann at LA’s finest
“Is that Robert De Niro or Al Pacino who just walked in, I asked my husband Richard? I always get those two super stars mixed up. We were seated at a lovely table at the alluring Il Piccolino in West Hollywood. The little hideaway that sits just off Robertson Boulevard, attracts show biz types who go there with the main purpose to dine on some of the best and freshest Mediterranean/Italian cuisine in town. It’s not like the Palm, Spago or Grill on the Alley where celebrities go to work the room and be seen, but you do catch some shop talk here and there.
Last night one could hear snatches of conversation about the latest Twitter storms created by Roseanne Barr with her unforgivable racial slur, and Samatha Bee’s rant about Ivanka Trump that went a bit too far even for the outspoken host of the TBS Wednesday night hit show Full Frontal with Samatha Bee. But for the most part eating took center stage. And, like our fellow patrons, feast we did.
It helps to know the co-owners, Silvio De Mori (pictured above) and Eddie Kerkhofs, veteran restaurateurs and self-professed foodies. Not that everyone who walks into the place, that is open contiguously from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., isn’t treated equally. They sure are. But Silvio or Eddie always send over some special dishes. Last night Silvio was on duty and he outdid himself ordering enough food for the two of us to serve 10. “How do you eat so much and stay slim,” asked a person at the adjacent table? I felt a bit like a glutton. But they didn’t know the trick is to taste and bring the rest home, which we did.
We began our foray into foodie bliss with a imported foie gras that melted in your mouth. Then came a pate you wouldn’t believe, laced with pistachios, mama mia. While we thought we’d just look a take a photo, the French onion soup, place on the table, was too tempting so we ate the whole bowl which was generously laced with imported gruyere cheese. I thought that would be it for me but I couldn’t resist he red beet risotto or the polenta that just danced with my taste buds. There was also a house-made fresh sheet pasta pesto with fresh burrata and asparagus that would have been foolish to pass on.
Our arms were also twisted to have dessert because we know how good they are here. So we dug into a marvelous bowl of marinated strawberries with whipped cream, the heavenly, signature chocolate mousse and the salted caramel—we were in foodie heaven.
Il Piccolino http://ilpiccolinorestaurant.com/) is located at 350 N.Robertson Blvd., (but it’s actually just around the corner) 310-659-2220, reservations are a must. Dress is California chic casual. A few people wear designer jeans, but many men don jackets and women tend to doll up a bit.