So, "astonishingly beautiful" "you'll think you've stepped onto a movie set", this Beverly Hills Italian Restaurant is relished by "romantics" for its "delightful outdoor space", which may be the "best" locale in the city for saying "I love you or I'm sorry", especially "at night when it's all lit up" with twinkle lights; "accommodating" staff and owners "nurture a warm atmosphere", and the cuisine, while "not cheap", is "consistent", making it a "special place for a special evening."
Time and time again Il Cielo, which translates to "abode of God and angels," has been voted one of the most romantic restaurants in L.A. Owner Pasquale Vericella insists that patrons feel at home, surrounding guests with natural beauty and magic while indulging them in Tuscany-inspired cuisine. Daughter Cristina, who long-term regulars remember as a little girl, is now the day manager and a big part of creating the unique experience. Once seated, our tall, dark and very handsome waiter, Luca Kahn, who hails from Serbia, started the process with wines in the form of a lovely Trefethen Chardonnay for my friend and for me a blissful Baileyana Pinot Noir from Edna Valley. With to many enticing options, choosing from the vast menu was next to impossible. We settled on an order of Insalata di Calamari; grilled calamari with frisée, butter lettuce and cherry tomatoes, drizzled with lime citronette. John savored his entrée choice; Ravioli ai Funghi Porcini; butternut squash in browned butter and sage sauce. I ordered the Bolognaise; long flat pasta, topped with fresh meat sauce, wonderfully vibrant in color and taste. Dessert followed in the form of a Trio of Sorbets, vanilla bean, lemon and mango, so refreshing and oh so comforting and Il Cielos bit of heaven on earth; the house-made Tiramisu. More intimate dining rooms are available, so if you want to sweep your lover off his or her feet, choose the "Romantic Package." A 24" taper candle with fresh rose petals atop your table, with a signature heart-shaped flourless chocolate cake layered with dark chocolate mousse, fresh raspberries and with a personal message of your choice as the finale. Arrive before sunset and enjoy the vibe as the evening falls and Il Cielo transforms into a sensual oasis of amore.View Article
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"The Beverly Hills restaurant Il Cielo is charming, just right for a wedding of about 80 to 120 guests," raves wedding coordinator Jennifer Loftfield of the Beverly Hills firm Joie de Vivre. "It has wonderful character and great upscale Northern Italian food. There's a romantic brick courtyard with trees, and inside it has a fireplace and frescoed ceiling, very Italian. But it's not what I would call rustic. It's whiter and lighter than that. It feels intimate and personal, as if you're in someone's home." The restaurant just added a glass solarium, with a roof that rolls back, where brides can choose to hold the ceremony.View Article