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Top 10 things we learned at a holiday "lundin' at celebrity-centric Il Piccolino

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Don't hate us when you view the slideshow of the fabulous feast we had today at 'lundin' at Il Piccolino the celebrity-centric, debatedly top Italian/Mediterranean restaurant in Los Angeles where food, ambiance and ultra-suave, co-owner Silvio De Mori combine to bring foodies one of the best dining experiences on the planet. Today's Il Piccolino lunch was extra-terrestial, inter-planetary scrumptious and almost impossible to believe that anyone could create food this good.

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  • 1. We drank the last couple of inches of a treasured bottle of 2007 Palnaz Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon left behind by Hollywood mogul Jerry Weintraub.
  • 2. The blooming bulbs behind us were gifted to the West Hollywood Italian-French gem by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Brad Grey. If you don’t know who those guys are, back to TMZ for you.
  • 3. A guy in shorts with flipflops on walked in one afternoon and wanted to talk to co-owner Silvio deMori. Silvio took one look at him and was about to hand him five bucks to leave, when the guy talked about renting the restaurant for a dinner. For 60 guests. Silvio kept his wallet in his pocket. The scruffy guy turned out to be a tech billionaire who had 1,200 Riedel wineglasses delivered for his dinner.
  • 4. Ninety-five percent of the patrons are regulars. Though tourists are uncommon, the right ones will cherish the day they discover Il Piccolino.
  • 5. Il Piccolino is not intended for super-hip YETS (Young Entitled Tattooed Spenders). It is a kind of foodie clubhouse for people who run things in show business, not those who hope one day they will run things.
  • 6. What we mean is: Bruce Willis likes to take his mother to lunch there.
  • 7. Silvio di Mori is the world’s best restaurateur. He is from Florence and he loves cars.
  • 8. He sketched Patti on a tablecloth, then gave the tablecloth to her. He is a treasure. When he says that life is really about “Good food, good wine, good friends,” he really means it.
  • 9. Lunch lasted three hours. The time flew. “The food is amazing,” said a regular as he floated out.
  • 10. There were more courses and more glasses of wine than any mortal can recall, but know that Russian caviar served over burrata cheese in a shot glass with an identical shot glass filled with ice-cold Beverdere vodka was a wonderfully creative take on the usual. Ask about his beef tartare with warm chantrelle mushrooms. Same thing. Dover Sole over kale pesto and topped with crispy kale was just as good.
  • 11. There were shaved truffles. And Belgian chocolate mousse.

Il Piccolino is a celebrity/neighborhood favorite, located at 350 North Robertson Blvd., in West Hollywood, that is open daily from 11:30 a.m. Go for 'lundin' (lunch/dinner) which we did today.

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