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.
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The streets will be magically empty, so the city is yours to eat your way across.
Options may seem limitless if you're heading to the San Gabriel Valley in particular, but keep in mind, Christmas is on a Tuesday this year, and many restaurants in the area are always closed on Tuesdays. Plan accordingly.
If neither of those were your plan anyway, we found 10 spots that open for you to choose from. While not the first places people might think to head to, they are all pretty great in their own way. Just please remember, while this is your day off, everyone there is working hard, so make sure to tip extra generously and maybe even take that extra step and ask the manager to get your tip to the kitchen staff as well.
Most hotels offer a standard up-scale Christmas dinner and pretty much every restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley will be open and blissfully ignoring the holiday. If you are looking for something a little more festive though, we have you covered, with something for everyone.