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362 N. Camden Dr. (Brighton Way) Send to Phone
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Elegant Italian restaurant where young chef Dustin Trani expresses his emerging talent.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly
  • Valet parking
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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DOMA, Beverly Hills, CA

DOMA Restaurant Review

: DOMA’s owner, Sonja Perencevic, is also the proprietor of the iconic restaurant Dan Tana’s. But at this Beverly Hills establishment, she takes a serious approach to the food. She has hired young chef Dustin Trani, who is also executive chef at J. Trani's Ristorante in San Pedro, to create an Italian menu with California influences. Easy it seems for the chef because he is of Italian origin, a fourth-generation chef, and started cooking at 11 with his grandfather and father, but not that easy given the way he does it. Trani had to create and deliver dishes in accordance with the environment: at once modern and classic, elegant yet comfortable, with grey and white tones, and eye-catching photographs starring vegetables on the walls. We can assume that his previous cooking positions in Italy, Croatia and Thailand have helped perfect what he has learned from his family. Start with the crispy calamari and rock shrimps, to be dipped into a sweet and spicy Thai aïoli and balsamic reduction; the grilled octopus served on a bed of Tuscan white bean purée; or a stone crab cake atop burrata (an unusual combination). We liked the Japanese hamachi crudo topped with a sesame tuile. Expect pastas such as the delicious mascarpone agnolotti with bone marrow, or port-braised beef cheek ragù with pappardelle. We’re also glad we ordered the tomato basil spaghetti, simple but good; as is the potato, fresh mozzarella, pancetta and truffle oil pizza. Grilled swordfish stands in for veal in the classic Milanese preparation, while big eye tuna is grilled and cooked à la Thai, accompanied by sautéed spinach, carrots and purple basil in a sweet ginger soy and curry oil. His rendition of the rack of lamb is a winner dish. It is pan roasted, sprinkled with feta and toasted bread crumb streusel, and paired with a vanilla butternut squash panna cotta, enhanced by a balsamic shallot and grape pan sauce. Can pastry chef Marissa Sharon’s desserts live up to Trani’s creations? The answer is obvious as you discover her mascarpone cheesecake with espresso caviar, chocolate Marsala sauce and vanilla bean shortbread; her flourless chocolate cake onto which she adds milk chocolate mousse, macerated berries, chocolate sauce and berry coulis; or her black sesame sorbet. Sip a signature cocktail at the bar where you can enjoy a view of the open kitchen and the space in between the tables that gives a real sense of luxury --- especially in the 90210 area. The wine list has labels from all over the world with an emphasis on Italy and California.

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