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.
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
- Los Angeles
- Al Fresco
- Best Decor