Beverly Hills: Scarpetta at the Montage
After drinks at Ten Pound Bar, we headed to dinner at Scarpetta. I started with the Modena cocktail (Don Julio reposado, Carpano Antica vermouth, balsamic, strawberries, cucumber). It was refreshing and savory at the same time. I thought it was a good opening cocktail to get the appetite going.
With our party of 6, we opted for a variety of appetizers including the tuna susci (rolls of tuna, marinated veggies and truffles), grilled octopus, braised beef short ribs, polenta with fricassed truffled mushrooms as well as two pastas including the duck foie gras ravioli and the famous fresh Scarpetta spaghetti.
My favorite appetizers were the grilled octopus, tuna rolls and the polenta.
Ever since Scarpetta opened, I’ve been meaning to go check them out for their famous spaghetti which is made with fresh pasta. There are some purists who believe spaghetti should only be made with dried pasta but I don’t have an Italian grandmother to answer to. I really liked the pasta and the lovely fresh sauce.
Then our mains came out. The kitchen sent out an extra pasta dish with shaved truffles. As you can imagine, the tagliatelle was decadent and we were terribly spoiled.
After having some rich appetizers, I was ready for a “nice piece of fish” as I could imagine my Italian grandfather would say– all right, so I don’t have an Italian grandfather either but that’s what he would say. I chose the crispy black bass with Santa Barbara spot prawn. The prawn is hiding on the other side of the fish, nestled in the fregola (round pasta).
The early summer vegetables were great with fiddlehead ferns, squash and fennel. It was the perfect side to go with the fish and pasta.
I really didn’t think I could eat dessert but the dazzling display begged to be tasted and enjoyed. My favorites this night were the panna cotta and the budino. The chocolate cake was great as well. I’d definitely come back for dessert — and apps and pasta!
I may have to try the all-you-can-eat brunch at Scarpetta next. All you can eat spaghetti!