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8764 Melrose Ave. (Robertson Blvd.)
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Cuisine: Italian
Cecconi's attracts a very trendy crowd with its classic setting and comforting and authentic Italian fare.
Openings: Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.


Cecconi's, West Hollywood, CA

Cecconi's Restaurant Review:

Far from the molecular-minded trends of today's dining scene, Cecconi's feels classic and timeless --- from the setting and décor to the menu and the service orchestrated by masterful general manager Marino Monferrato. The restaurant takes its name and owners --- the Soho House group --- from the original London location. (Those who have dined there will remember the black and white marble floor but will notice that the seats are petrol blue rather than green.) The city's beautiful people flock here for the atmosphere, great covered patio, and, last but not least, for its Italian cuisine. Sipping an Aperol spritz or fancier craft cocktail on the patio is very pleasant. The dishes are well executed and made with fresh ingredients. Start with the cicchetti --- the famous Venetian snacks --- and appetizers such as the grilled octopus with lemon, capers and olives. There are a few varieties of carpaccio as well as salads and sophisticated pastas. A wood-burning oven bakes pizzas (such as burrata, black truffle and zucchini blossom) and prepares eggplant Parmigiana and veal osso buco. Rotating daily specials include tableside preparations of Dover sole on Thursdays, as well as a Sunday family supper of pizza and pasta that feeds four people. Cheeses are strictly Italian, which is not the case for the short wine list where you will also find selections from around the world. End your dinner with the molten chocolate cake with pistachio ice cream. Guests planning events should consider reserving the very private patio or the private dining room, known as the Butterfly Room.

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