I enjoyed a very nice lunch yesterday at Massimo (formerly called Pammolli). I havent found many mentions of this place, near the corner of little Santa Monica and Rodeo, and not to be confused with the Massimos gelaterias in Venice/MDR.
Chef Massimo Ormani is an alumnus of Locanda Veneta, and the food is reminiscent of Locanda and related places like Il Moro. My lunch companion and I split 4 dishes: House-made chicken sausages with cannellini beans were very juicy and flavorful. Ravioli ripieni with aromatic vegetables was the highlight of the meal, intensely flavorful and perfectly toothsome; the sauce was so good that we wouldnt allow the busboy to take away the empty bowl until hed first brought us more bread to sop up the dregs. Followed this with a plate of 4 big grilled prawns, and then finished with a terrific hazelnut cake perhaps best described as a giant sweet hazelnut-bread sandwich filled with a Nutella-like nut cream filling.
It is just a bit pricey for lunch, maybe: these 4 dishes plus 2 glasses of wine, one large bottle of sparkling water and one cappuccino came to $90 plus tip. But all in all a very successful lunch and I would happily return--
especially for that ravioli, which will be the first entry on my list of best things Ive eaten in 2004.
9513 Little Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, Ca 90210