An old-school Northern Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills, beloved of stars like Frank Sinatra.
La Dolce VitaLa Dolce Vita (9785 Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA, United States) Map it
If you’d like to dine and imbibe where Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack once did, try out La Dolce Vita in Beverly Hills. Dating back to the ‘60s, the restaurant’s undergone a recent renovation while retaining its star quality. The gorgeous glass-topped, padded-leather bar greets you as you enter, along with an updated bar program featuring such gems as the well-balanced LDV Old Fashioned. It’s been updated with Makers Mark, muddled blackberries, and blood orange bitters. The dining room has a classic vibe with its brick walls, black and white photos of stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, and comfortable red-leather booths. Three of these booths, favored by some of La Dolce Vita’s most famous patrons, are marked with brass plaques bearing their names: Sinatra, George Raft (one of the original owners, and star of the 1932 film Scarface) , and Ronald Reagan. La Dolce Vita features old-school attentive service and Northern Italian cuisine, with tasty starters such as shrimp scampi and vongole oreganate (herbaceous baked clams crusted in an oregano mixture). If you feel it’s not really a Ceasar salad without anchovies, you’ll be glad to know this one has ‘em in the dressing. All the pastas are made in-house -- the spaghetti with chunks of lobster and the house-made spinach ravioli are both noteworthy. The classic chicken piccata is excellent, as are the sand dabs. The dessert menu features about ten Italian-accented choices, with tartuffo and panna cotta topped with berries among the best choices to finish your meal as you listen to Sinatra croon over the sound system.