8478 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
1/2 Block east of La Cienega
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta
Services: Lunch, Dinner, Private Dining, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Ago, the elegant Italian Trattoria named after its celebrated executive chef partner Agostino Sciandri, is one of the latest additions to grace the enclave of prestigious restaurants in West Hollywood. And Hollywood loves it!
The popular chef who came into prominence as co-owner and chef extraordinaire of Toscana in Brentwood (gaining a loyal following among its star-studded clientele) says, "This was a one-and-a-half million dollar remodeling project. Everything is new," he stresses, about the site, which formerly housed five popular restaurant ventures.
A stone wall archway separates the dining areas allowing guests to view and sit next to the restaurant's main attraction - a fully exposed, state-of-the-art, stainless steel kitchen with wood-burning oven, where Agostino and staff go all out preparing the full repertoire of dishes that defines northern and central Italy.'
"The menu merges what's best of three regions of Italy Tuscany, Liguria and Emilio Romano," notes Agostino. Satiating the palate is an unusual and enticing variety of pasta dishes, seafood and steaks, Spaghetti allo Scoglio and Risotto Ai Funghi.
House specialties include Fritto Misto Mare (mixed fried fish); Pollo alla Toscana (Tuscan-styled chicken, cooked in herbs) served with fried vegetables; and Agostino's incomparable signature dish - Bistecca alla Fiorentina. The specialty entrees prepared in a variety of delectable sauces, (Agostino's forte), revel the one identifying difference between upscale and trattoria dining - price.
"You can order a special "off-the-menu" item for $50.00 or a chicken dish served with potatoes for $16.00" said Agostino. "It's a rich man - poor man type of food. The same as you get in Italy." Toscana in Brentwood is a destination for entertainment VIPs as well as business executives and "locals". Judging from the formidable list of investors, Ago, which is closer the action and more accessible to the Hollywood crowd, has joined the cluster of venues in a town where deals are sealed while steaks, seafood, chicken and chops are seared to perfection.
Monday - Wednesday 12 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Thursday - Friday 12:00 p,m. - 11:30 p.m.
Saturday 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Cash, Visa/MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Card
Lunch, Dinner, Private Dining
$$$$$ ($31 and above)
Lunch, Dinner, Private Dining, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Monday - Saturday until 11:30 p.m.
Outdoor Seating, Power Lunches, Romantic, Date Place
Bistecca alla Fiorentina - 22oz. Certified Angus Beef t-bone steak served with rosemary potatoes. Prepared in a wood burning oven.
Casual Elegant Dining
Private Room up to 40 people.