Anaheim White House
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Anaheim White House Restaurant Review: Chef Bruno Serato’s restaurant was destroyed by a fire on February 4, 2017 ---- Located in a bright-white, historic 1900s mansion, this West Coast White House has rooms named after current and former presidents, along with opulent décor and professional service. Proprietor Bruno Serato and his longtime chef Eddie Meza revised the menu to feature more artisanal ingredients and traditional pastas, but it still tempers Northern Italian styles with French sensibilities. Start with the hearty and handmade portobello mushroom ravioli or the spicy tuna tartare, which can feed the table. Serato hails from Verona, so one may opt for the savory Verona-style soup with Italian sausage, pasta and cannellini beans. We suggest any of the fresh pastas, such as a classic pasta Bolognese or rigatoni carbonara. For mains, the Mediterranean-style seafood is highlighted by the steamed salmon filet paired with white chocolate mashed potatoes, while meat dishes range from roasted bison and Wagyu steak to rack of New Zealand venison and a juicy filet mignon. For a crowd, order the “Jackie O.,” an invention by pastry chef David Lorenzo, who creates fantasy sculptures from caramel and sugar and then surrounds the plate with bite-size cakes, pastries and chocolate-covered strawberries. Serato and his managers and service crew know their wines, so ask for a recommendation from the well-stocked international list. Sunday brunch is a three-course extravaganza with free-flowing Champagne and thoughtfully composed entrées like braised boneless beef rib and eggs.