Two restaurants are celebrating the return of Cirque du Soleil to the Santa Monica beach with special dining deals and prix-fixe menus. Cirque du Soleil's OVO opens to the public Friday, January 20 under the big top at the Santa Monica Pier. The show explores an ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. But when a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives.
Ocean & Vine at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel will offer a pre (or post) dinner experience from January 20 to March 25, with a prix-fixe menu featuring a starter, main course and glass of wine for just $34. Dine fireside or out on Ocean & Vine's patio that overlooks the the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (big top) by the Santa Monica Pier. Menu choices include Santa Monica Seafood Chili, Steelhead Salmon with Tarragon Fennel Lobster Risotto, Chicken Bordeaux and more. In addition, complimentary valet parking is included for the duration of the show (Note: OVO tickets must be presented for validation).
Locanda del Lago, located on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, celebrates the new show with egg-centric specials, plus a one-hour express menu for performance-goers. Each dish, created by Executive Chef Gianfranco Minuz, will draw its inspiration from "uovo," the Italian word for "egg" and the cornerstone of the new show's storyline. Specials will be available during both lunch and dinner, and will include:
- Linguine alla Carbonara: Housemade linguine pasta with guanciale, egg, black pepper, and pecorino ($11/14)
- Tagliatelle alla Bolognese: Egg tagliatelle with bolognese meat sauce ($21)
- Euro Burger: Italian-style prime beef hamburger with red onion, fried egg, and Robiola cheese on a Michetta roll ($17)
- Panna Cotta: Vanilla cream custard with strawberry sauce and almond tuille ($8)
- Espresso with a shot of Zabaglione (Italian egg liqueur) ($10)
The restaurant is also offering a separate “OVO Express” menu for pre-performance diners, featuring guaranteed in-and-out service in one hour or less. Guests may select their choice of one appetizer and one entrée for $25 per person from a special selection of classic dishes. Menu items include Minestrone Soup, Market Salad, Gnocchi ai Funghi (Weiser Farm Potato Gnocchi with Shiitake and Porcini Mushrooms), and Pizzoccheri alla Valtellinese (Buckwheat Pappardelle with Savoy Cabbage, Yukon Potato, and Bitto Cheese-Sage Fondue). (Note: Price does not include beverage, tax or gratuity)
Locanda del Lago
For reservations, please call 310-451-3525 or visit http://www.lagosantamonica.com.
For more information on OVO by Cirque du Soleil, please visit http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/ovo/tickets/santa-monica.aspx