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Il Cielo Restaurant Review

  The foods of aristocratic Italy reach their summit at this Italian fine-dining landmark,
by the grace of mind, with the grace of heart, in the grace of palate, Il Cielo
is a restaurant not to be missed.


In this genteel residential enclave overlooking Burton Way in Beverly Hills, is
hidden one of the most beautiful Italian Restaurants named; Il Cielo, which
means “The Sky” in Italian.


When you walk inside and you'll you will be truly amazed by the sky view you will have, surrounded by blue lights that reminds you of the sky, when you look up, right
in the middle of the tent there is a gorgeous crystal chandelier. I loved the
sophisticated dining room that cocoons you in luxurious textures and ambience,
with a superb service and great Italian food, Il Cielo, inevitably evokes a
sense of occasion for love and romance.


There is a the large garden room, that opens for special occasions, which has a retractable roof that is amazingly refreshing, and it used for weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, and of course, for celebrities and special events.

Everyone there is from Italy, so I truly felt at home, it can be gratifying to follow the ascent of an authentic chef and owner Pasquale Vericella, who having built his reputation dish-by-dish at other places in the past, and at Il Cielo, for the past 20 years. Pasquale is the shining star at his own restaurant. Flowers erupt in an extravagant arrangement. The mood is high romance, which calls for Champagne, appetizers, pastas, lobsters, truffles and of course their amazing desserts.

 Pasquale Vericella                                   Antonio Ramos     

Our waiter, Antonio Ramos, discuss animatedly the parade of sensual dishes that highlights Vericella’s skills with textures and deep flavors. The dining room sparkles, where lovers are seated side by side. Women are coiffed and rouged, bejeweled and perfumed. It's impossible to be overdressed at Il Cielo, seeing what everyone is wearing is part of the fun. It is without any doubt the most Italian restaurant
anywhere in Southern California.

Powerful, elegant...contemplative drinks you'll find in the well-conceived wine list
that ranges wide in price and region, so you're bound to find something no
matter what your budget or taste.

Champagne / Long Island                      Complimentary Bruschetta

The wine list is mostly devoted to Italian wines, offering some exceptional bottles, at a price, of course, our choice was the famous Veuve Clicquot, and my guest can’t live without the Long Island Ice Tea.

Calamari Fritti con Pomodoro

The menu is very creative with excellent choices of soups, salads, appetizers, and we started by having the Calamari Fritti con Pomodoro, the best in town, the calamari’s were perfectly fried and crisp with a delicious marinara sauce, followed by the amazing Insalatina di Indivia, Arance e Noci Caramellate con Gorgonzola, a delicious braised Belgian endive salad, with orange segments, candied walnuts and gorongonzola cheese, simply delicious and very light, and our last one was the Pomodoro di Vigna con Gamberi, Carciofi, Rughetta e mostarda in grani, another deliciously prepared appetizer that was very tasting, with vine ripened tomato stuffed with shrimp and marinated artichoke accompanied with arugula and a whole grain mustard sauce, it is certainly a must try item among their many appetizer’s choice.

Pomodoro di Vigna con Gamberi

    Insalatina di Indivia                           Risotto con Funghi porcini

Contrasting nicely with the chewy Risotto con Funghi porcini, which is the real deal, other main courses continue the flavor arc: The Scialatielli sorrentini con Astice e Pomodoretti, this natural taste of the homemade scialatielli with a whole Maine lobster, to the subtle flavor of fresh cherry tomato sauce. I must say that this was one of the best pasta dishes I’ve had, simply the best, the lobster were big enough to be shared and the pasta was authentic, simply to die for. 

Scialatielli Sorrentini con Astice e Pomodoretti

My guest had the Filet of Kobe beef with truffles and mashed potatoes, which composes a bouquet of flavors exploding in the mouth, you can simply say
that it can’t get better than this, for sure.

Filet of Kobe beef with truffles and mashed potatoes

Although, as in any Italian restaurant, a predictable Tiramisu heads the sweets list, at
Il Cielo, everything has a delicious flavor, and taste which is followed by a series
of original desserts such as a successful Panna Cotta, a traditional cold and sweet Piemontese dessert with a vanilla pod. Some of them are really delicious, like
“La Passione”; a warm Italian chocolate gianduia gelato and white chocolate
bacio. Even if you don't like white chocolate, you might appreciate this one. But
my favorite is the Torta Di Mela e Pistachio; warm Granny Smith apple tart
with pistachio gelato merlot and pecan caramel sauce, a swirl of finely sliced
apples on a wisp of crust, served warm with softly pistachio ice cream.

Assorted Dessert Platter

Another taste of Italian heaven is the Cuore di Cioccolata, hear shape flourless chocolate cake with fresh raspberries and vanilla whipped cream for two, and the Semifreddo al Miele in Cialda Croccante; honey semifreddo with pumpkin gelato and Pasquale’s homemade Nougat sauce. All of the desserts were perfectly done, and delicious. Il Cielo is famous for having propelled basic Italian food in Los Angeles to a high level of quality, this is a place where you can go for a romantic dinner, or for a wedding celebration, they can make any occasion, truly memorable.

     Moscatto Wine                                  Just Engaged Couple

Our special thanks to Pasquale Vericella and staff for making our
dining experience unforgettable.

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Article By: Mary Adams
Photos By: Chris Marx

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