A short while ago I was invited to a media dinner and wine pairing at Osteria Drago, the latest venture by powerhouse Italian chef Celestino Drago.
I wasn’t able to successfully adjust my camera as I’d have liked to, so pardon the flip-top cell phone quality of my images. It really burns my biscuits that I was unable to showcase this beautiful dinner with the quality it deserved. This is one of those rare moments when I regret not using the flash for everything.
We kicked the night off right with flutes filled with Prosecco. Sparkly, crisp and refreshing, this was just the ticket to getting my palate tingling and ready for more choice wine and food.
baby beets, burrata, arugula, crispy shallots, white balsamic
A great starter to open the meal with. I really enjoyed the combination of textures; from crispy shallots to smooth burrata, hearty beets and leafy greens, it was a true delight.
Angolotti with ricotta, shaved corn, zucchini, butter sauce
wine pairing: white from Umbria Liguria
Really, couldn’t I just have had a big bowl of this? Please, sir, could I have some more?
pappardelle, roasted pheasant, morel mushrooms
wine pairing: Illuminiti riparosso montepulciano d’abruzzo
My favorite pasta dish ever, hands down, end of story, no contest. I’ve already written a love letter to this dish, though. So you know.
whole baked mediterranean branzino, sautéed mushrooms, potato
wine pairing: Cabernet
An exceptional fish, also known as European seabass. Though I’d never eaten this delish fish before, I instantly wanted more of it.
Short ribs, cannellini beans with rainbow chard in braised wine
Not my favorite item of the menu, as it was a touch salty and I am overall not a of of short ribs. The vegetarian next to me, Erin, shared her carrot risotto and that was so mind-bogglingly delicious I might just order it the next time I am at the restaurant.
Greek yoghurt panna cotta, maraschino cherry & red wine compote
& bread pudding with Nutella foam (behind)
wine pairing: Moscato d’Asti
Magical. The Panna cotta is itself was understated, permitting the dressing of the richly stewed compote to be the star of the show. I didn’t care for the bread pudding, though, but that’s okay. I had Panna cotta to eat.
8741 W. SUNSET BLVD.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
FTC disclosure: This meal was on the house, but all words and opinions remain my own.