I stopped in at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood last night before a concert at the Troubadour and the food was out of this world. The place was packed with locals dining in large groups as well as singles at the bar looking to have a cocktail or two.
The waitstaff was friendly and warm and the room buzzing with conversation. The tableside service with fresh Tuna Tarter, Filleted Fish and Flaming Desserts are one of a kind. And the plates leaving the kitchen looked absolutely tantalizing with smells from the Gods.
The first course of Roasted Meatballs with Marinara were meaty and tangy and just what I needed. Meatballs are true comfort food and they really hit the spot on a slightly chilly evening in Los Angeles.
The fresh pastas read like a dream and I wondered if they still were freshly prepared after many years of being open. The Chittara with Fresh Shrimp and Asparagus were made with a seafood stock mixed with a light garlic broth and did not disappoint. The pasta had the most delicious chew and the sauce, well what can I say but, outstanding. I am surprised that Cecconi’s doesn’t receive more press about their fresh food.
We decided to order a pizza made with fresh Proscuitto, Burrata and Arugula. The pizza was cooked in the same oven I have at home, a Mugnaini from Italy. The crust was nicely charred and was slightly soft in the center with the freshest of toppings just like in Naples.
Cecconi’s is making some of the best Italian food in Los Angeles and now I can see how the place is packed and the faces of the customers are always smiling. The cuisine stands out above many newcomers to the market and the pizza, well some of the best.