Santa Monica’s Lago has changed over the years, says foodiemahoodie. They don’t quite know what they want to be: sometimes a tourist trap, sometimes a family joint, sometimes a business lunch place. The food varies from good to great, but the recent all-rabbit special dinner was terrific from top to bottom, says foodiemahoodie.

Antipasto: roasted rabbit loin with frisée and kalamata olive sauce—a “satisfying and different” salad with perfectly cooked rabbit. Then: zucchini flowers, rabbit shoulder, and rabbit belly risotto. Absolute yum, foodiemahoodie says.

Next: rabbit liver and garden pea on house-made spinach tagliolini. “This was unusual and satisfying,” foodiemahoodie says. “Felt like I was in Tuscany.” Finally: roasted rabbit leg infused with rosemary and wrapped in pancetta, with braised red and gold peppers on creamy risotto and heirloom tomatoes. “What’s not to like?” foodiemahoodie asks. “It was delicious and comforting.”

All this rabbit goodness was a mere $48 per person, including house wines.

Lago [Westside – Beaches]
231 Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica

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