The biannual dineL.A. Restaurant Week is taking place from Sept. 1 – 18 across Los Angeles. Some 300 restaurants are participating in the event, including 19 in Beverly Hills. For diners, the week provides an opportunity to experience iconic restaurants, celebrity chefs and culturally diverse cuisine while enjoying specially priced prix-fixe menus.
This year, due to COVID-19, dineL.A. menus are available for takeout and delivery, as well as onsite dining. Participating restaurants in Beverly Hills include: Avec Nous, Caffe Roma Restaurante & Lounge, Creme De La Crepe Beverly Hills, Crustacean Beverly Hills, Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse Beverly Hills, Gourmando, Gyu-Kaku Beverly Hills, Il Cielo Restaurant, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, Ladurée Beverly Hills, Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Lucques Catering, Mercato at The Beverly Hilton, Nerano, Seabutter, SUGARFISH by Sushi Nozawa Beverly Hills, Summer Fish & Rice, The Farm of Beverly Hills and Tutt’a Post Trattoria.
The Courier spoke with Pasquale Vericella, whose restaurant, Il Cielo, is celebrating its 34th year in Beverly Hills.
“We have always had a very good turnout for dineL.A. We really like it. We have a special menu for dineL.A. and a special menu on top of that one,” said Vericella.
He added, “We opened up a new section of the restaurant called ‘The Secret Garden’ last week. It’s a new addition in the courtyard next door that is open on Friday and Saturdays. Right now, we’ve been very blessed since we were able to reopen on June 10. We’re still doing small events, which is what we were known for. Some people are still really afraid to go out because of COVID-19. Some people are very skeptical and I can understand that. But, all of the restaurants are doing so much to welcome guests in the safest way possible. You won’t believe the extra measures that we’ve put in place. We’re getting couples who tell us that they haven’t been out in months, but they decided to come back to see us. That kind of thing really keeps you going.”
To learn more about the restaurants in Beverly Hills and the greater Los Angeles area taking part in dineL.A. visit discoverlosangeles.com/dineLA.