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cortez Jun 20, 2011 01:33 PM

Had dinner for 4 at Scarpetta in Beverly Hills last Saturday. Was excited to be there given the reviews I've read about a variety of the Scarpetta locations. At the end of the meal, all four of us had a similar reaction:

* Highlights: House cocktail, the San Remo, was delicious. Combined Maker's Mark, Compari and Elderflower in a refreshing and unique mix. For appetizers, the house Market Salad was surprisingly good. The textures were complex and beyond the norm of restaurant salads. Impressive. For the entrees, the veal chop was amazing. Thick, but grilled to a pinkish medium rare as requested. Moist, flavorful -- a keeper.

* Lowerlights: The pastas. The basil and tomato spaghetti, though famous, was underwhelming. We all shared it and wondered a bit about the great press it has received. The temperature was modest. It lacked the intensity and punch we had expected. Very normal stuff. The other pastas were similarly just ok. We were excited to taste the daily pasta special (finished with white truffles) but were disappointed when the embarrassed server returned from the kitchen saying that it was "sold out." Sold out at 7:30pm? The wine was fine and service was friendly and casual.

Overall, the atmosphere was pleasant, albeit a bit noisy. The hard surfaces throughout magnified the noise making for the evening. Not a place for a romantic date for two. Better suited for larger groups willing to share.

Fun evening? Yes. A must place for a return visit? No.

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San Remo Restaurant
13729 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

Comparis
5490 W Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Scarpetta Beverly Hills
225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Scarpetta
225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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    bllrdfam Jun 20, 2011 03:36 PM

    We had our first visit on Sunday. Overall we felt it was and excellent though overpriced experience. Agree with the note on the spaghetti - our primary complaint was that the pasta was undercooked - a little more tooth than expected. The ravioli was excellent and the black cod was perfect. Biggest issue was price, but overall the service and food were top notch.

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    Scarpetta Beverly Hills
    225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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    1. re: bllrdfam
      J.L. Jun 20, 2011 03:56 PM

      I was there the same day. I thought the spaghetti was perfectly al dente: Delicious. But of course, what's al dente to one may be undercooked to another - It's all subjective.

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      albatruffles Jun 20, 2011 04:21 PM

      I did a pasta tasting at Scarpetta and thought it was amazing. We didn't think the spaghetti was the highlight and Chef Conant also mentioned that he was a bit surprised that this dish has been as well received as it has been. I thought the best pastas were the PUMPKIN CAPPELLACCI, DUCK & FOIE GRAS RAVIOLI, CHESTNUT GNOCCHI and the BEET & SMOKED RICOTTA CASONSEI. Then the spaghetti.

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      Scarpetta
      225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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      1. re: albatruffles
        J.L. Jun 20, 2011 04:24 PM

        That chestnut gnocchi is certainly a great dish, that's for sure.

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