During my travels in Italy, Ive had the privilege to dine on two separate occasions at Cesare Giaccones celebrated restaurant tucked away in hills of Piedmont. On both occasions, the food was spectacular. So I was delighted to learn that Cesare and his son Oscar will be cooking at Vincenti in Brentwood next Wednesday and Thursday evenings, January 24 and 25. Alas, the price of sampling Cesares talents is steep: $165 for the food and paired wine, plus tax and tip. And if you want to spend more, you can do a vertical tasting of three vintages of Gaja Barbaresco for a mere $100. Former Vincenti chef Gino Angelini will also be in the kitchen, along with Vincentis present chef (and long-time second in command to Chef Angelini) Nicola Mastronardi.
Chef Angelini, much praised by me on Chowhound's Los Angeles Board, left Vincenti last October, and is planning to open his own restaurant somewhere on the west side of Los Angeles.