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Doma chef Dustin J Trani is newest rising star on LA’s culinary scene

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Doma, a chic and trendy Beverly Hills restaurant means “at home” in the Slavic tongue of owner Sonja Perencevi, proprietor as well of the age-old Dan Tana’s one of most popular watering hole/restaurants in West Hollywood.

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And just as the name translates, during our first dinner at this year-old restaurant, Richard and I felt right at home as Chef Dustin J Trani showed off his culinary mastery with a selection of tasting dishes designed to send your taste buds into divine over-drive. (Check out the special Valentine's Day dinner at the end of this article). This guy, who began his culinary career at his family-owned San Pedro restaurant at the age of six and moved around the world to Europe and Thailand and now shows off his skills in the open kitchen at Doma.

Doma’s personable general manager Jeff Gazzarri --who happens to be the nephew of Bill Gazzarri who ran the famous Gazzari’s on the Strip in West Hollywood and was the brother of actor Ben)—is straight out of central casting in the role of host with his warmth and sparkling eyes Italian eyes.

But it’s the food that makes the room go round with wonderful aromas escaping from the open kitchen and creative dishes that explode in your head and raise the taste buds to new heights. Trani’s takes on Italian/Mediterranean food with an Asian/Pacific Rim twist and it’s all fantastic.

You will have to view the slideshow to see for yourself but be warned it will make you hungry. Some of the dishes Trani fixed for us included a transcendental Japanese Hamachi Sashimi with ginger soy, ponzu caviar, cucumber, carrot, scallion and sesame tuile, OMG what a taste sensation. A Tempura Shishito Peppers with sweet chili, beurre blanc, goat feta and purple basil went over the top. He also regaled us with pasta, oven roasted Branzino, a salmon carpaccio with coconut water whipped into an airy cream and toasted cashews.

The restaurant offers a nightly happy hours with $4 beers and $6 wines and tasting menus; a $38 pre-theater dinner, priced fixed menu availabale from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Put this on your radar, on Feb. 14 chef will be creating a special amorous tasting menu that will blow your mind and includes:

First Course

King Salmon Carpaccio

ginger, lime, shallot, Fresno chili, water-cress,

toasted cashew, coconut air

Second Course

Micro Vegetable Salad

tempura beet, crisp turnip, honey Dijon,creamy Italian bocconcino goat cheese

Third Course

Agnlotti di Lidia

mascarpone cheese, truffle salt, butter parmesan sauce,

crispy sage, drizzle of 48-hour veal stock

Fourth Course

Veal Tenderloin

Pan-roasted with blood orange reduction, bacon fig compote, braised fennel puree, crispy semolina polenta

Fifth Course

Baked Alaska for Two

house-made almond gelato, luxardo cherries,

chocolate genoise, tableside kirsch flambé

$130 for two includes two glasses of Prosecco)

Doma is located at 362 N. Camden Drive in Beverly Hills, 310-277-7346, www.domabh.com.

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