Time Out says
Pass the paparazzi out front for exquisite (and pricey) authentic Northern Italian fare. This bustling hideout remains a hotspot for industry power players from starlets to studio head honchos. Expect a wait at the crowded bar before being seated at crammed tables. Order from the nightly specials or go for the mouth-watering, popular spaghetti bolognese, which may just be the best in town. Adding to the charm, the owner makes a point to stop by each table and greet his patrons in Italian (even if you don’t understand a word).
8897 Beverly Blvd
|Opening hours:||Tue-Fri noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Sat and Mon 6pm-11pm; Sun 5:30pm-11pm|
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If you are up for some TRUE Italian experience, Madeo will do! Notoriously beloved by Mr Pacino and many other A- list celebrities, Mr Madeo provides your taste buds with a full Tuscan immersion, serving an unbelievable FIORENTINA
That, and this goes without saying, finds the perfect pairing in a stunning bottle of Chianti.
Within the invasion of self proclaimed Italian restaurants, one good way to know they are "for real" is to notice their behavior with bread:
If it' s brought on the table WITH NO BUTTER aside & is replaced once finished, and it doesn't cost a penny, then you're in for some authenticity!
Remember: Italians would dip their chunck of bread in the leftover sauce in the plate, mastering the scarpetta technique which is still not a trend on the West Coast.
So: the popular "scarpetta"( literally"tiny shoe") is the old habit of NOT letting anything go to waste, a humble tradition deriving from those times when hunger was a fact and carbs were the cheap ( and only) soLution to an empty stomach, so bread would serve as the ultimate "shoe" to scoop up any residuals. It is now known to be an unpolite thing to do, but the reason is only to be found in its status quo, and in the silly belief that if you're doing the scarpetta, you must be a person in need, but hey, you 're dining at Madeo's, which isn't exactly a fast food chain, so go ahead and splurge on this amzing focaccia bread you are so lucky to have between your hands.
This said, in case you're a vegetarian and cannot commit to that spectacular Fiorentina( the T- bone steak that's the traditional Tuscany trademark, and comes from that particular breed that's called the Chianina cow), you can always lose your mind with their simplest yet stunningly awesome pastas, and you'll exit this restaurant as a the happiest folk.