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Il Grano dinner

Just Larry | Aug 2, 2004 11:41 PM

Went to dinner at Il Grano Saturday night with my neighbors. He and I ordered the Tasting Menu and asked to have 1/2 glasses of wine paired with each course. Wives shared the Burrata and Tomato Salad, Fresh Pea Soup, one Short Ribs and one Lobster Ravioli. We started with the Crudo (Italian Sashimi). Everything was very good but we were especially taken by the fatty tuna. There was just a sliver on the plate and we wished we had more of this. Our second course was a larger piece of that wonderful fish sashimi and also done as a Tartar. Very rich and quite decadent. They brought out one perfectly grilled Scallop and one Santa Barbara Shrimp with a bit of arrugula. Next came an earthshatteringly good Potato Leek ravioli in a Black Truffle, butter, cream sauce. My wife gobbled down one of them when she saw my eyes roll back into my head. Next came a piece of perfectly seared Japanese Bass over spinach. Delicate, fine quality ingredients. The waiter came by and asked if we wanted to add a course. Neighbor answered YES without hesitation. We were served the finest Petite Fillet over Gorgonzola Mashed Potato with a splash of very aged Basalmico. Absolutely spectacular. Dessert was a Pear and Apple Crepe with berries. Wives ordered a Chocolate Pie (thick tart) and a Panna Cotta. 2 of the better desserts that we have had there. Wines were well suited to the courses. Service was excellent . All of this came at a fairly steep price ($200.00 plus tip) but what price can you put of a meal where 2 courses were in my top 10 dishes that I have ever had in my life? I left these with a very special euphoria. Sad to see that the room was never full all night. We were there for a bit over 3 1/2 hours. Stephano is a wonderful host. I guess he has only been there a short time. Hopefully his hospitality will draw people back to one of the best restaurants in LA.

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