REVIEW

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. 

PHOTOGRAPHS

Read users' comments about this venue or post your own...

INFORMATION

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

    TAGS

    OTHER REVIEWS