So when I received an email from Chef Christian Simionato of Al Bacio, I was definitely curious.
It was for a tasting to be held in the La Loggia Room in the restaurant. Reading that “Al Bacio” means detail, care, and experience, tradition, respect, and passion, and seeing the personal effort that the chef put in just on the outreach, I knew I would be in for an experience.
Chef Christian is passionate about sharing lesser known dishes and ways of cooking from Italy, that would take LA's food lovers beyond the tried and true but all too familiar pastas and antipasti, was clear - and now he has a nook of a platform to do it with, in a front room called La Loggia. It's a cozy event / private dining space where he gets to showcase and share, with more curious diners, the dishes that he loves in a tasting menu format.
There was a gorgeous leg of prosciutto, and cutting boards piled with salami, sopressa...
Our first course was Tortellini al Parmigiano - Parmesan Cheese Tortellini, Chicken Consomme. The tortellinis arrived first, then chef ladled roiling hot chicken broth over it, which released strong fresh dough fragrance on contact.
Loved the light touch with the tomato sauce, over the fresh made al dente pasta, topped by the flavor bomb roll.
To finish, chef served us a Neopolitan Rum Cake and chocolate almond cake with gelato (sorry no pics as it got too dark by then to take good ones!).
The menu will change seasonally at La Loggia. Can't wait to see what Chef Christian does for Fall! To book a tasting at the La Loggia Room, contact the restaurant (see below).
*Disclaimer: This meal was hosted.
Al Bacio Ristorante La Loggia Room
8741 W Sunset Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90069
Parking: public open air lot across the street (except Thursday nights when it is taken over by a farmers market), or limited parking behind restaurant