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Cecconi's Restaurant

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Ben7643 Feb 26, 2009 07:45 PM

For those in the know if you go here before the 27th "tomorrow" it's half price on all their food, but you need to mention it to your server.

Inside you'll find a large modern dining room wiht beautiful chandeliers and antique looking mirrors. Lining the walls and bar are beautiful plush blue seats and couches. It's a very very pretty place.

The service was great we didn't just have one waiter like at most places, but there were quite a few people looking after us. While this may sound chaotic they must be very good about telling each other what's going on because everyone was on the same page.

I didn't have a reservation but managed to get a nice table in the corner overlooking the entire restaurant around 5:30, sometimes being such an early diner helps ;).

Judging from reviews we'd read on yelp we began with the Mushroom Risotto which has a strong white truffle flavor to it. The flavor of this dish was absolutely amazing, creamy, dense, and meaty in a mushroom sort of way, I think it had some kind of liquer in it as well but i may be wrong. My only complaint about it was the risotto was not quite cooked long enough, it was a little bit andante. That said this is probably one of the best tasting risotto's I've had in the US.

I went tonight with my heart set on the lobster spaghetti. Unfortunately after talking to our server the lobster spaghetti is not made on premises unlike all the other pasta dishes on their menu. That caused me to hesitate just long enough for my dining partner to claim the Sonoma Valley lamb shoulder. I was filled with self pity of course cause after talking to our host he said it was his favorite thing on the menu. So prior to our food arriving I notified my dining partner that we would be doing this tapas style, and I passively claimed stake to half of her lamb. She kindly agreed seeing the look of greed in my eyes. We also added the Octopus with lemon and green olives to our order.

My food came out about a minute or two before hers. First came the octopus which was a beautiful presented, however it was the definite low point of the meal. It was a bit overcooked and lacked flavor, we were both expecting a more juicy, tender, flavorful dish.

Then came the Tagliatelle, it smelled like happiness in a bowl it had a rich, buttery, meaty scent that made me smile from ear to ear. The pasta was fresh and definitely made in house. It was the best Bolognese I've had in LA, only being outdone by one meal i had in NYC.

My friend's lamb came out in an iron kettle, and they plated it beautifully table side. It was without a doubt the best lamb I've ever had. I could live on this lamb every day for the rest of my life, and if i died tomorrow this is what i'd request as my final meal.

We didn't get desert, however the choices looked great.

Cecconi's is a MUST try, the prices are very reasonable and it's one of the best meals i've had in LA, can't believe they've only been open a week.

Since they were still running their special this entire meal came to 57 dollars, and that included 2 glasses of wine which were full price. Before the special it was 97.00 for the 3 entrees the one appetizer and 2 glasses of wine.

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    Ben7643 Feb 27, 2009 03:56 PM

    Here are a few photos from our dinner unfortunately many of the shots got corrupted :(

     
     
     
     
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      Ben7643 Feb 27, 2009 03:59 PM

      One more

       
    2. wilafur Feb 27, 2009 04:01 PM

      i'm glad the service issues i experienced earlier in the week has been ironed out. how was the timing of the food? i had HUGE gaps inbetween courses.

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        Ben7643 Feb 27, 2009 04:03 PM

        No gaps for us but I could see how the system of not really having one waiter for each individual table could be problematic. Also we dined early around 5:30 so for most of our meal they were not too busy.

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          sarcasmsk Feb 28, 2009 09:51 AM

          I went on Thursday for an early lunch and sat at the bar. It's weird that I noticed just how many servers they had. We had 2 waiters while sitting at the bar. The food was great. My friend and I stuck to the small bites menu. Everything was really good, but thought the meatballs were the only real standout.

          I have a friend who works there and they said they had a full week of training from 9-5 each day for about a week before they opened. They looked like they have been in business for quite a while.

          Ben, thanks for the recommendation on the bolognese...I'll be getting that next time.

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