Spago: 99 Essential Restaurants 2011
The original Spago on Sunset was to New American Cooking what Meet the Beatles was to rock & roll: the one that changed the rules. Designer pizza got its start in that Sunset Strip dining room, as did fusion cooking, the notion of the celebrity chef and the idea that fine dining could be fun. In Wolfgang Puck's glamorous Beverly Hills space, bolstered by imaginative executive chef Lee Hefter and pastry chef Sherry Yard, he has redefined our idea of what Spago might be — and the roasted-beet cake with goat cheese, the pan-roasted cod with chorizo and the 10-spice roast squab are good enough to make you forget the duck-sausage pizza and the chopped vegetable salad that originally made Spago famous. If a tasting menu is within your budget, it's probably the best way to experience what the restaurant can do. 176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 385-0880, wolfgangpuck.com. Lunch, Mon.-Thurs., noon-2:15 p.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.; Sat., noon-2:30 p.m.; dinner, Mon.-Thurs., Sun., 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 6-10 p.m. Full bar. Valet parking. All major CC. California.
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