Events & Festivals

Drago Santa Monica Closes + Drago Centro Pasta Class

Comments (0)


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge Agnolotti-making at Drago Centro - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • Agnolotti-making at Drago Centro
Celestino Drago recently announced that Drago, the Santa Monica restaurant he opened 21 years ago, will close Jan. 31. "It was kind of a tough decision because it's like my baby," the Sicilian chef and restaurateur told the L.A. Times. "The restaurant did a lot for my career. But I've got my hands full with so much." Drago runs a catering business, the Dolce Forno bakery and several restaurants: Celestino, Enoteca Drago, Il Pastaio and Drago Centro.

So, don't worry. Unlike the pizzas, pastas and panini of the recently-closed Angeli Caffe, Drago's cooking is not disappearing any time soon.

On Wednesday from 6 - 8 p.m., executive chef Ian Gresnik will teach a pasta-making class at Drago Centro downtown. For $55, participants can make, roll and cook their own dough. The price includes "a few tastes" of pasta and a drink.

And perhaps a touch of star-quality. As Jonathan Gold wrote in his review of Drago Centro, "Drago has always been ace with pasta, and his fresh pappardelle with pheasant and morels, ricotta cavatelli with venison sauce, and paccheri with spot prawns are as glamorous as Fred and Ginger dancing on a penthouse terrace."

Call (213) 228-8998 to reserve a spot.

click to enlarge Celestino Drago (middle) and Ian Gresnik (right) at Drago Centro - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • Celestino Drago (middle) and Ian Gresnik (right) at Drago Centro

Related Location

Related Content

Now Trending


  • Daw Yee: Mission of Burma
    L.A. has a very small pool of Burmese restaurants; among them, Daw Yee does not boast the most extensive menu. Nonetheless, Daw Yee, in Monterey Park, is fascinating for one big reason — namely, that it gives L.A. something unusual: a Burmese restaurant that caters to younger diners.
  • The Year in L.A. Food (So Far)
    We've got so many restaurants, you could eat at a different joint every day of the year -- and probably the rest of your life -- and never go to the same place twice. It would be impossible (both physically and financially) to try them all, but luckily, you have us. Check out The Year in L.A. Food (So Far).
  • Ladies Gunboat Society at Flores
    At Ladies Gunboat Society, the new operation out of the restaurant that used to be Flores on Sawtelle Boulevard, the Hoppin’ John is served as an appetizer or a small plate rather than a side, and the price is the stuff of comedy.