one lunch near beverly hills.../Cauite pizza
I'm coming from Boston for a family wedding in Beverly Hills; I lived in LA in the early nineties, so I know my way around, and am looking for one lunch on Saturday within twenty minutes drive of Bev. Hills (yeah, I know, twenty minutes drive gives us a huge area to work with!). I'll eat pretty much anything and love pretty much anything, as do the cousins I'm taking with me. Ethnic is preferred, and budget is up to 25 bucks per person.
On another note-- is Cauite (spelling?) still open on the LA side of Laurel Canyon Blvd?
Caioti is the same one and only one. He relocated a couple years ago. He changes the pizza menu about every 6 months. Still good. No liquor license - BYOB. Ed Ladou still runs it. He's the father of california pizzas. He worked for Wolfgang at the original Spago when they started california pizzas. Every so often he has a pizza with a fried egg on it that is fantastic.
If you're looking for large, healthy portions, The Farm in Bev Hills is one to consider. Its salads, sandwiches, appetizers, entrees - and infamous brownie - are good lunch options.
For something fancier, a lunch at Spago or The Ivy could help you spot some power players. I prefer Spago, though. The food never fails to satisfy in taste and presentation. Service is also great (it can be a bit pretentious at Ivy), and ask to sit on the patio.
Brunch at the Belvedere is also fine dining.