Il Cielo

Il Cielo is one of the most romantic and atmospheric restaurants in Los Angeles.  Its vine-tangled front garden, awash in green, glows at night under the dome of a "winter tent" strung with lights and twin chandeliers.  There is a rustic Italian interior courtyard, illuminated in the evening with clusters of floor-length candelabra.  The concept was to create a country restaurant in the city.  It is a stylish, enchanting restaurant ideally suited for an intimate date or a peaceful, leisurely lunch. 

Il Cielo's Tuscan-inspired food is good if not especially noteworthy.  One of the best dishes, surprisingly, is a salad:  the insalata di pere with baby spinach and thinly sliced pear, radicchio, radishes, candied walnuts and goat cheese in a red wine vinaigrette.  The house-made pesto sauce is delicious, but the pasta alla chitarra al pesto needs more flavor and textural contrast than a handful of nuts can give it.  But this is largely beside the point:  diners come to Il Cielo to be bewitched by its ethereal ambience, and on that front, its performance is unimpeachable. 


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Beverly Hills
9018 Burton Way
(310) 276-9990
Mon-Thurs, 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat, 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-11pm, Sun, 5:30pm-10:30pm
    Pasquale Vericella, Chef