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by: Sophie Gayot

Yes, you read my title correctly: Triple chocolate truffle pizza! And to be clear, I mean real truffles, not chocolate truffles.

The story goes that the general manager of the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills, Pradeep Raman, really loves food — and since I was able to test him, trust me, he knows about food. So he asked Mirko Paderno, the chef of the hotel’s restaurant Oliverio, to come up with some fun ideas around chocolate. The pair created “Choco-Sutra,” an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet served on Fridays and Saturdays around the pool from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Spicy tuna tartar on rice cake from chef Mirko Paderno

Spicy tuna tartar on rice cake from chef Mirko Paderno

by Sophie Gayot

If you read my pick for this week’s Los Angeles Restaurant Review of the Week, Oliverio, you’ll see that I strongly recommend dining by the pool as opposed to inside the dining room. I must admit that while I don’t regret choosing that particular restaurant, I wish I had promoted it during a drier week.


All of this week’s wet weather in Southern California just adds to the traffic, the risk of floods, and the general stress. Savoring chef Mirko Paderno’s Italian cuisine poolside is a great way to relax and enjoy life. But if you want to follow my advice and dine al fresco at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills, I recommend waiting for better weather!

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