3 Christmas Dinners: THE Blvd, Cecconi's Timpano + FIG's Seasonal Dinner

Cecconi's timpano
Cecconi's timpano
courtesy: Cecconi's

Cecconi's Christmas Timpano

This Christmas Eve, Cecconi's in West Hollywood is serving an Italian classic for dine-in or takeaway. The standout is chef Andrea Cavaliere's handmade timpano, a massive, family-sized dough crust stuffed with meatballs and rigatoni Bolognese. You might recognize the signature dome-shaped dish from Stanley Tucci's film Big Night. Due to the popularity of the timpano, guests must reserve 48 hours in advance.

WHAT: Christmas Eve at Cecconi's West Hollywood

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 5-9 p.m.

WHERE: Cecconi's, 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; 310-432-2000.

COST: $90.

FIG Christmas Dinner

You'll find no classic goose or roast beast but FIG is offering a fresh Christmas dinner made with all organic and locally sourced ingredients. Chef Ray Garcia has put together a four-part, family-style menu that's heavy on seasonal fruits and vegetables, with dishes like red kuri squash soup, wheatberry salad and porchetta with pickled apples. Pair with house wine or the elaborate Vieux Man Chu cocktail, made with fig brandy, vermouth, Laird's Applejack, bitters and a flamed orange peel. Seatings for Christmas dinner are offered at noon, 3 and 6 p.m.

WHAT: Christmas at FIG 2013

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 25, at noon, 3 and 6 p.m.

WHERE: FIG Restaurant, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-319-3111.

COST: $69 adults, $35 children 12 and under.

Beverly Wilshire Christmas

THE Blvd at the Beverly Wilshire is hosting Christmas this year, with both a buffet lunch and a prix fixe dinner. The four-course meal includes choices such as red scampi ceviche, quail salad, black sea bass and radicchio lasagnetta. For dessert try the bûche de noël, a chestnut/milk chocolate mousse.

WHAT: Christmas at THE Blvd

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 11-6 p.m.

WHERE: THE Blvd, Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310-385-3901.

COST: $130 per person.

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