Pici Enoteca

Chrissy ON Jan 09, 2013 AT 10:54 am

by Chrissy Iley

There’s a new breed of Beverly Hills restaurant that both manages to be chichi and cosy, and Pici Enoteca covers this area perfectly …. It is a small intimate space on South Beverly Drive. A little more neighbourhood than some of the big names just to the north of it in exclusive Rodeo Drive. But just as exclusive.

Its décor is modern rustic. Leather panelling, white marbled tops, tiny mosaic tiled floor, mirrors that remind me of Godfather II.

The patron himself greets you. He’s wearing a navy uniform and silver biker jewellery. ‘Welcome to my restaurant,’ he says ushering us in, like we had popped in to an old friend, and shaking our hands warmly. The food is an eclectic mix of the modern with the traditional. The pasta is all home made and al dente delicious.

We had the pici pasta – hand rolled miniature twists – with vodka sauce, which tasted like past Bloody Mary, but with a dash of cream. Quite irresistible ($11).

Pici Pasta

The pizzas all look delicious, thin crusted events. The margarita with vine ripened tomatoes and basil is a deliciously spent $12.

But the star pizza was the innovative lemongrass with caramelised onions and crispy ginger. It’s a wonderful mix of Italy meets Thailand ($12).

Pici is owned by Jeff Vespa, an artist, photographer and co-founder of the global digital photographic wire agency Wire Image. He is an editor-at-large of Life magazine and runs a film company, Vespa Pictures.

Mr Vespa is certainly plugged in to Hollywood needs and desires. Small, delicious, innovative bites that have an air of comfort food without being overbearing and smothering. It is a lunching hotspot for agents and actors and an after shopping early dinner spot for Beverly Hills housewives.

Pici Enoteca, 212 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. pici.co

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