Oliverio's, the Italian eatery inside the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills, is a dining experience offering parents a relaxing, upscale, retro vibe with amazing food where they don't have to worry about thier kids finding something to eat, sitting still or feeling totally out of place. Grab a table or booth poolside, sit back, and savor the many reasons why this is a spot not to be missed.
1. CHEF MIRKO PADERNO
Chef Mirko, formally of Cecconi's West Hollywood, has a passion for freshness. As he says, "It's easy to cook when you cook with the best ingredients." Well, I'm not so sure it's "easy," but you can definitely taste how far he goes to ensure good quality. For example, when his family visits from Milan, he has them brings along pounds of the best prosciutto, salami and venison. You can see Mirko's passion with every stir of his signature pasta served tableside from a huge wheel of parmesan. Also not to miss - the yellow fin tuna tartar, burratta and proccuto with balsamic or the Branzino Al Forno. As for the kids, they'll get the good stuff without having to be too adventurous. Order up an oven baked pizza or make a selection from the kids menu which includes grilled cheese, pasta, and mini burgers..
2. THE DINING ATMOSPHERE
The restaurant has a nice retro vibe indoors but outside is where it's at. Tables and booths line the hotel pool creating the perfect place to enjoy the summer nights. Personal heat lamps above the tables help during the cooler evenings. Tables aren't packed in allowing little ones space to walk about without disturbing other guests.
3. THE RICH HISTORY
The Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills is truly something to be seen. The hidden gem has an old Hollywood classiness that attracted huge movie stars in the 1950s. Stars such as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz often stayed there and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe lived in the hotel for about three years.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Oliverio's for inviting us to sample their menu in order to facilitate this feature. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Mon, June 23, 2014
by Elise Edwards filed under