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NEWS FROM LAGO IN 2011....  

Citysearch Los Angeles review

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS AT LAGO IN 2011....  

Executive Chef Gianfranco Minuz creates wonderful lunch and dinner MENUS highlighting unique flavors of Italy and the local summer season by pairing Italian products with fresh, organic produce from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. Make your reservations now!  (310) 451-3525.

Join Us for
MEATLESS MONDAYS!

Lago introduces MEATLESS MONDAYS to Santa Monica 
with several offerings on our lunch and dinner menus 
prepared with no meat or meat-related products 
including butter, cheese and milk.

"With Meatless Mondays we are pleased to be the first Santa Monica restaurant to join a movement that proposes to help the environment by reducing demand for meat products. 

I first heard of this effort while attending a screening of the film Avatar
where our long-time customers 
James Cameron and his wife, Suzy,
ardently discussed how our carbon footprint would be drastically reduced if everyone resolved to avoid meat one day per week."
West Hooker-Poletti
Co-Owner, Lago

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New Selections Every Monday!

Call now for reservations!  
(310) 451-3525

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FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010

JOIN US FOR A MOTHER'S DAY FEAST
 --
FESTA DELLA MAMMA --
MAY 8 - 14

We invite you to celebrate MOTHER'S DAY on Sunday, May 9 with FESTA DELLA MAMMA, a special Mother's Day Feast featuring Chef Roberto Maggioni's favorite childhood dishes, pairing his innovative contemporary touches with his Mamma Cristina's traditional home-cooked Italian cuisine.  The three- or four-course FESTA DELLA MAMMA, matched with wines (optional), is served in addition to our lunch, brunch and dinner menus on Mother's Day (Sunday, May 9) and also at dinner from Saturday, May8 through Friday, May 14. 

Click HERE for all the details, and call now for reservations!  (310) 451-3525.

MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010

WELCOME TO LA MARATHON
PARTICIPANTS AND SPECTATORS!
March 21

LAGO'S EARTH HOUR 2010 OBSERVATION
FEATURES FLAMING RITUAL OF FRIENDSHIP!
March 27, 8:30 - 9:30 pm

SPECIAL "BUONA PASQUA" EASTER MENU 
AVAILABLE ALL WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 3

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP:
WE RAISED $1,800 FOR THE
 WESTSIDE SHELTER AND HUNGER COALITION'S
SUPER BOWL-A-THON XIV!

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Lago welcomes Los Angeles Marathon participants and spectators
to the finish line in Santa Monica on Sunday, March 21.  
Join us for brunch, lunch and dinner!



We invite Marathon runners to bring in their bib numbers for:
 
Double portions of our
BODY REFURBISHING MENU:

Insalata di Nervetti
(braised calf foot cartilage salad)
Lingua in Salsa Verde
(beef tongue with salsa verde)
Ossobuco alla Milanese
(braised veal shank)
Midollo di Bue
 (caramelized beef bone marrow)
 
and
 
Double portions of our
CARBOHYDRATE FIX
(any housemade pasta entrée)


 
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In observation of EARTH HOUR 2010,
 
we'll darken our lights on Saturday, March 27 between 8:30 and 9:30 pm

Join us for
GROLLA,
the ancient flaming ritual of
friendship
first introduced by Lago to the people of Los Angeles in April
1991.



Our authentic Italian GROLLA is made of espresso, grappa, brandy,
sambuca, lemon peel and sugar.  After being flamed tableside, this
concoction is shared by friends from a hand-carved wooden bowl imported from
Italy with one drinking spout for each person.  According to Italian custom,
as the "friendship cup" is passed from person to person, each relationship
it touches grows stronger.

To enjoy Grolla with us that evening,
you must reserve  in advance

(limited
number available)!  
Call 310 451-3525 TODAY.


BUONA PASQUA!
EASTER MENU


Enjoy our three- or four-course prix fixe,
paired with Italian wines
Easter Sunday, April 4 all day
(our regular menus are available, too)
and also offered at dinner 
Saturday, April 3 through Friday, April 9

Click HERE to open the menu!

Call now for reservations!  
(310) 451-3525



And finally, we're proud to announce that Lago raised $1,800
to contribute to the
Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition
toward their goal of $30,000 for the Super Bowl-a-Thon XIV! 

Thanks for everyone who joined us and who donated to support
this association of local human service, government agencies and faith-based organizations 
whose mission is to provide services for homeless and hungry people in the western part of LA County.  
They
offer much-needed supplies for the operation of the Westside winter shelters 
such as beds, meals and case management services 
as well as financial assistance for rent and utilities for those trying to get back on their feet.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2010

MENU DI SAN VALENTINO 
FOR VALENTINE'S DAY 
LASTS ALL WEEK!

JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THE 
WESTSIDE SHELTER AND HUNGER COALITION'S
SUPER BOWL-A-THON XIV FUND-RAISER
ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5

CHECK OUT A WONDERFUL LAGO REVIEW 
FROM LAist!


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Join us for an Italian-flavored Menu di San Valentino on Valentine's Day (Sunday, February 14) beginning at 4 pm
and
also offered evenings from Friday, February 12 through Friday, February 19.  
Our romance-filled four- or five-course prix fixe menu pairs each course with special Italian wines.  

(Limited a la carte menu also served on Valentine's Day evening)

MENU DI SAN VALENTINO


Luna Oyster “Au Gratin,” Sea Urchin, Kaluga Amur Caviar,
Oro Blanco Grapefruit and Market Spinach
Champagne Brut, Tattinger

Large Housemade Heart-Shaped Raviolo
 with Zucchini Blossom-Ricotta-Egg Yolk Filling and Molise Black Truffle
Orvieto, Tenuta Salviano, ‘08

Rose Water Poached Monkfish,
Crispy Farro and Purple Carrot Purée
Chardonnay, Iron Horse, ‘06

Natural Niman Ranch Filet Mignon,
Prune-Foie Gras Au Torchon, Bok Choy Cabbage and Potatoes Paramantier
Barolo, Reversanti, ‘05

Lovers Cake:
Sweet Chantilly Sponge Cake, Chocolate Cream and Fondant
Bracchetto D’acqui, Zenato, ‘08

The four-course dinner (choice of monkfish or filet) is $55 per person,
the five-course dinner is $75 per person,
and the Wine Tasting Pairing is $24 per person, all excluding tax and gratuity. 

Valentine's Day reservations are required, so be sure to call today:  
(310) 451-3525
We'd LOVE to see you then!
 

Lago is sponsoring a lane 
for the Super Bowl-a-Thon XIV fund-raiser,
and we're inviting your help! 
 

On February 5 at Santa Monica's AMF Bay Shore Lanes, the Super Bowl-a-Thon XIV is being held to benefit the Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition, an association of local human service, government agencies and faith-based organizations whose mission is to provide services for homeless and hungry people in the western part of LA County. 

We are hoping to raise more than $30,000, which will provide much needed supplies for the operation of the Westside winter shelters such as beds, meals and case management services as well as financial assistance for rent and utilities for those trying to get back on their feet.
 
If you'd would like to contribute to support this great cause,
ANY AMOUNT HELPS!

Call 310 451-3525 for more information.

Plus, if you're in the area on Friday, please come by to join the "Lago Cheer Squad" and root us on!

Friday, February 5th, 7 pm
AMC Bowling on Pico and 4th, Santa Monica

Be there or be square !!

Check out a wonderful review of Lago -- with LOTS of photos -- on LAIst.  

Available in PDF Format, which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader;
Get it free HERE

Thanks so much to writers Lindsay William-Ross and Elise Thompson! 

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2010

CHECK OUT OUR GOURMET MENUS FOR
DineLA 2010
January 24 - 29 and January 31 - February 5

3-Course Lunch ($22)
and
3-Course Dinner ($34)

plus a special wine pairing for each course
($18, dinner only) 




Lago's DineLA Restaurant Week Menus:
Gourmet Dining at a Great Price!


LUNCH
$22 Three-Course Tasting Menu

To begin, choose from:

Burrata Cheese, Coppa, Fair Hills Farms Fuji Apples, Balsamic Reduction... add $1

Chilled Veal Tenderloin, Creamy Tuna-Caper Aioli

Purée of Butternut Squash Soup, Amaretto Cookie Crumble, 12 Year Aged Balsamic


Followed by choice of:

Filet Mignon Tenders, Fresh Arugula, Market Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan Cheese

Spinach Tagliolini, Tiger Shrimp, Portobello, Cherry Tomato-White Wine Sauce

Grilled Chilean Sea Bass, Market Citrus Sauce, Grilled Vegetables, Balsamic Reduction... add $2


Finally, a sweet choice of:

Vanilla Cream Custard, Strawberry Sauce, Almond Tuille

Warm Cherry Pie, Vanilla Gelato

Rich Chocolate Fudge, Sugar Cookie Crumbles, Vanilla Bean Sauce

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DINNER
$34 Three-Course Tasting Menu; Wine Tasting Pairing... $18

To begin, choose from:

Caramelized Bone Marrow, Robiola-Truffle Honey Bruschetta, Spinach Salad, Olive Oil Mustard

Chilled Veal Tenderloin, Creamy Tuna-Caper Aioli

Burrata Cheese, Coppa, Fair Hills Farms Pink Lady Apples, Balsamic Reduction

Duo of Tartars: Ahi Tuna Sushi-Grade, Market Fennel, Capers, JJ Lone Ranch Avocado Sauce; Swordfish,
House-Smoked Mussel, Black Olives, Orange Gastric... add $3

WINE:  PROSECCO BRUT,  ZONIN


Followed by choice of:

Wild Boar Tortellini, Pink Lady Apples, Pinenuts, Brown Butter

Butternut Squash Risotto, Seared Scallops, Balsamic Glaze

Rainbow Heirloom Potato Gnocchi, Goat Milk Béchamel Sauce, Baby Arugula, Toasted Almonds

Wild Fresh Water Salmon, Valtellina Montasio Cheese, Spiced Wine Risotto, Grilled Asparagus... add $6

Filet Mignon, Pomegranate Sauce, Pumpkin Purée, Rosemary-Roasted Heirloom Beets... add $8

Chicken Breast Stuffed with Mushrooms, Lettuce & Fontina,
        Parma Prosciutto Wrap, Green Beans, Fingerling Potatoes... add $4

WINE:  MERITAGE, DYNAMITE, ‘06


Finally, a sweet choice of:

Frozen Hazelnut Ice Cream Cake, Caramel Sauce

Warm Cherry Pie, Vanilla Gelato

Rich Chocolate Fudge, Sugar Cookie Crumbles, Vanilla Bean Sauce

WINE:  MOSCATO D’ASTI, MICHELE CHIARLO “NIVOLE,” ‘08




Hungry? 
Call now for reservations!
(310) 451-3525


 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2009

 
LAGO PRESENTS
HOLIDAY DELIGHTS 2009!


CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR'S EVE 
HOLIDAY PARTIES
GIFT IDEAS



We're open CHRISTMAS EVE (11:30 am until 10:30 pm) and CHRISTMAS DAY (11:30 am until 11:30 pm) with all your favorite dishes (at regular prices) PLUS our special "Cena di Natale" Menu.  



This delectable Christmas Supper, available in three or four courses (or a la carte), comes with Lago's signature Wine Tasting pairing and includes:

Housemade tortello stuffed with organic spinach and ricotta
and free-range jidori chicken broth

Fresh porcini and baby radicchio risotto
with spiced Barolo wine sauce

John Dory, market squash and red shallots baked "cartoccio-style," pomegranate salad and milk-braised chestnuts

Lamb shank "ossobuco" slow cooked in rosemary reduction
with semolina gnocchi and pancetta-wrapped green beans

Just click HERE for details -- and make reservations early! 

You're invited to our fabulous 
"Bursting With Bubbles" 
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY
!  

Beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, we're featuring an extraordinary Five-Course Champagne Dinner with Party Merriment, Dancing and Bubbly to ring in the New Year!  On the menu are:

WILD NORTH AMERICAN WHITE STURGEON 
and 
FILET MIGNON
plus 
Lobster Appetizer, Stuffed Ravioli
and Chocolate-Strawberry Mousse!

Complete menu HERE.

$79.00 per person with complimentary glass of Champagne;
or
$119.00 per person with all you can drink Taittinger Champagne!
(excluding tax or gratuity)  

Don't miss out -- 
advance reservations are essential.  

(We'll also be serving a limited a la carte menu on New Year's Eve from 4 to 8, 
and we're open at 5 p.m. on New Year's Day.)
 

LET US CATER YOUR HOLIDAY PARTIES!  

From small dinners to large holiday gatherings... 
whether business entertaining or family celebrations... 
either at Lago or the location of your choice.  

We'll take care of everything for you! 
Click HERE for details.

 
NEED A GREAT GIFT IDEA? 

Call about
Lago GIFT CERTIFICATES!
310 451-3525

Or check out our
limited-edition hand-crafted
 Buon Ricordo porcelain bowls
featuring a design by acclaimed artist John Baldessari,
available exclusively at Lago. 





Different versions of these collectible one-of-a-kind keepsakes are featured at 26 top Italian restaurants around the country, each with a special image created by artists of international renown, including Milton Glaser, Christo, and Aldo Luongo, among many others, initiated by "Buon Ricordo America," a non-profit organization comprised of prestigious Italian restaurants and dedicated to preserving and promoting the values of Italian regional cuisine. 

Visit our SHOP page for more info!

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CALL TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS:  (310) 451-3525

Happy Holidays from all of us at Lago!


  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2009
 
THANKSGIVING
AND MORE!



The Los Angeles Times named Lago "Best Italian Cuisine" in a Travel section "Best of LA Dining Bets" story.  Here's what they said:

Best Italian Cuisine: I'm going to raise some local eyebrows here and go with Locanda del Lago... that specializes in cuisine from Northern Italy's Lombardy region. Until someone makes a better house-made whole-wheat pappardelle tossed in a duck ragout, I'm sticking with the boys from Lombardy.  
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Congratulations to our co-owner West Hooker, installed this week as Chair of the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau! 

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JOIN US FOR THANKSGIVING, November 26! 

We're serving our famous prix fixe THANKSGIVING MENU as a three-course or four-course meal (or a la carte), and each course is matched with our 
signature wine pairing. 

This
special menu and our dinner menu (at regular prices) will be available all day and evening from 11:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. 

Plus, check out our "THANKSGIVING TO GO" offerings!  We're featuring a whole de-boned turkey with all the “trimmings” for $25 per person (minimum order is for five people, order at least 48 hours in advance).  Also available are individual pumpkin pies ($6.00 each), whole pumpkin pies ($45.00 each, serves 8 - 10), and housemade gelato (vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, $8.00 per pint).

Call today for reservations: (310) 451-3525.

Happy Thanksgiving
from our family at Lago to yours.





THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2009


JOIN US FOR HAL--LAGO—WEEN
(Saturday, October 31 - Friday, November 6, 2009)
for a HORROR-bly good time!  

IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY 
TO START THINKING ABOUT
HOLIDAY PARTIES AND ENTERTAINING!

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We're celebrating October 31 with a “Hal-Lago-ween” party of devilish delicacies,
also offered ALL WEEK through Friday, November 6! 

You'll DIE FOR our

CREEPY COCKTAILS and
Chef Roberto’s SPOOKY SPECIALS (paired with wines)
while the Third Street Promenade outside our doors
features a colorful – and probably costumed -- passing parade.  

Our regular menu will be available for the FAINT AT HEART.


CREEPY COCKTAILS
$14

Jekyll & Hyde

An Opposite Combination of Sweet and Passionate Alize 
with the Deep Blackness of Fernet Branca 

 Dracula’s Revival

This Bloody Martini of Fresh Blood Orange, Grand Marnier, Vodka 
and Splash of Prosecco will Leave You Screaming for More! 

Black Widow

A Deadly Black Cocktail of Alize Rose, Vodka, Blue Curucao and Splash of Cranberry ... 
You’ll be Crying for Mummy! 

 Gushin’ Goblin

An Eerie Mix of Midori, Bacardi, Pineapple Juice and Grenadine...
Don’t Let the Sweetness Fool You! 

 Headless Horseman

Only for Those Who DARE to Find Out! 


SPOOKY SPECIALS
available as a prix-fixe menu or a la carte



*SOUP FROM THE AFTER-LIFE*
Purée of Celery, Squid Ink, Scallops, Fennel
($12 a la carte)
WINE: ORVIETO, TENUTA SALVIANO, ‘07

*BAT’S STOMACH & INTESTINE PASTA*
Homemade Ravioli with Gorgonzola & Mascarpone Cheese, Walnuts, Brown Butter-Sage
($18 a la carte)
WINE:  SANGIOVESE, DI MAJO, ‘07

*BLACK SNAKE WITH DRAGON EYES* 
Eel “Milanese-Style”, Chick Pea & Green Pea Terrine, Sweet Butter Stick
($28  a la carte)
WINE: PINOT NOIR, CHALONE VINEYARDS, ‘07

*WOLF FILET WITH RABID DOG CANINES* 
Filet Mignon, Sauteed Sunchokes, Parsley Salsa Verde, Potato Cake “Milanese Style”
($29 a la carte)
WINE: CABERNET, STERLING, ‘07
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Pan dei Morti
*Bread of the Dead* 
Cinnamon Cookie, Strawberry Cream,
Fresh Raspberry, Licorice Sauce
($11 a la carte ONLY)
WINE: VIN SANTO, COLTIBUONO, ’04  $8.50/GLASS

The three-course "Spooky Specials" menu is $45.00 per person
(choice of eel or filet mignon),
the four-course menu is $56.00 per person,
and the wine tasting pairing is an additional $22
(not including tax or gratuity). 

Call now for reservations!  (310) 451-3525.

IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY 
TO START THINKING ABOUT
HOLIDAY PARTIES AND ENTERTAINING!

ARE YOU…

…planning your company's holiday party 
to thank employees and colleagues for a great job in 2009? 

…putting together a lunch or dinner with family and friends 
to capture the joy and spirit of the season?

…thinking about celebrating anything at all in December?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, 
we have solutions...


WHETHER YOU NEED…

…a small banquet for 10…

…a holiday gathering for 50…

…a cocktail reception for 200 people…

…a party catered in your home or office 
for anything you can imagine…

LAGO 
IS YOUR HOLIDAY HEADQUARTERS!


We feature:

Exceptional cuisine of Lake Como 
in Northern Italy and outstanding service. 

Tremendous flexibility 
with a variety of menus for lunch and dinner.

Available for private buy-outs, 
or we'll cater at the location of your choice.

Full bar and an award-winning wine list.

Conveniently located on the Third Street Promenade.

Plentiful city self-parking next door 
and offer convenient evening valet parking.

Services designed to meet your needs!

Want to know more?  
Please contact Megan Sheehy at (310) 451-3525 
or send her an email: (megan at 
lagosantamonica.com)


Happy Holidays – a little in advance -- 
from all of us at Lago!


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2009

CHECK OUT THESE DEALS!

  • NO CORKAGE Mondays
  • ALL NIGHT HAPPY HOUR Tuesdays
  • WINE ½ OFF Wednesdays
  • $8 PIZZAS AND $20 PITCHERS Thursdays
  • TWO-COURSE SPECIAL LUNCH ($15) Weekdays

NOMINATE LAGO IN BEST OF CITYSEARCH
"ITALIAN," "PEOPLE WATCHING," "OUTDOOR
DINING" AND "WINE LIST" CATEGORIES!

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LAGO DEALS!

NO CORKAGE Mondays!

No corkage charge
for your own bottle of wine

ALL NIGHT HAPPY HOUR Tuesdays!
Happy Hour pricing
all night long at the bar

WINE ½-OFF Wednesdays!

Half-off selected bottled wines
from our award-winning wine list

$8 PIZZAS AND $20 PITCHERS Thursdays!

$20 for pitchers of our famous
Mojitos, Mai Tai Bazaars,
Meyer Limonatas and Market Margaritas
PLUS $8 Pizzas

WEEKDAYS
Our popular
Two-Course Special Lunch ($15) 


(Featuring delectable choices from our regular lunch menu
with no reduction in portions, only prices.)

Call us today for reservations!
(310) 451-3525


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Last year, Lago was honored to have been nominated for the Best of Citysearch poll in the Happy Hour category by the Citysearch Los Angeles Editorial Team!  You can help this year by nominating us in these categories:  Best Italian, Outdoor Dining, People Watching and Wine List.  No registration necessary, and it takes just a second.

Check it out HERE (click on the orange "Nominate for Best of Citysearch" tab).   Many thanks!

MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2009 

NEW FEATURED RECIPE,
PERFECT FOR SUMMER'S END:

Zuppa Fresca
(Chilled Gazpacho Soup)

JOIN US IN SUPPORTING
SHARE OUR STRENGTH
TO END CHILDHOOD HUNGER
Great American Dine Out
September 20 - 26

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Check out our current featured recipe: ZUPPA FRESCA (chilled gazpacho soup), a perfect summer dish.  It's easy-to-prepare, and you'll find it on our RECIPES  page.  Enjoy!


You're invited to join us in supporting the 2009 Great American Dine Out benefiting Share Our Strength from September 20 - 26. 

When you order our Two-Course Stimulus Lunch Menu or our Three-Course Dinner Menu during this period, Lago will make a donation to Share Our Strength, which grants the money raised to community programs across the country that provide help to children at risk of hunger in America.  

Don't miss out – make your reservations early! 
Call us today at (310) 451-3525.

FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2009

ARE YOU A FOLLOWER OF @lagosantamonica ON TWITTER?

JOIN US AT WOLFGANG PUCK'S
CALIFORNIA SPIRIT GOURMET GALA AUGUST 9
SUPPORTING THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:
"TASTE OF SANTA MONICA" and "MACY'S PASSPORT" BENEFIT

LAGO IN THE NEWS!


Photo credit:  Megan Sheehy


Are you following us on Twitter @lagosantamonica?  Don't miss out -- keep up to date and watch for special announcements and offers.  Check it out HERE.

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Be sure to visit us at these upcoming events as we support
the American Cancer Society, the fight against HIV/AIDS, and more.


CALIFORNIA SPIRIT XXV
Sunday, August 9 at the Pacific Design Center

Wolfgang Puck, Sherry Lansing and Barbara Lazaroff host California Spirit, a much-anticipated event with a well-established reputation as one of the most prestigious charity galas in California.  Puck has gathered renowned chefs from Los Angeles' best restaurants to create their finest culinary creations. California Spirit features gourmet food, premium California wines, live entertainment, and a spectacular live and silent auction. More info is HERE.


TASTE OF SANTA MONICA
Sunday, September 13 at the Santa Monica Pier


The 8th Annual Taste of Santa Monica on Sunday, September 13 at the Santa Monica Pier includes food from Santa Monica's finest restaurants, live music, appearances by the Stars of Cirque du Soleil's KOOZA and more. 
Click HERE for details.


MACY’S & AMERICAN EXPRESS PASSPORT "Gala Evening"
Thursday, September 24 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica


Macy’s Passport showcases the best of designer and trend fall collections with innovative music, media and lighting, superstar models and entertainment, celebrity guests, internationally acclaimed fashion designers and food from top restaurants.   The fund-raiser benefits the fight against HIV/AIDS.

JUST COMPLETED:
THE SABAN FREE CLINIC'S
"EXTRAVAGANZA FOR THE SENSES"
and
SHARE OUR STRENGTH'S "TASTE OF THE NATION"

All of us at Lago were proud to participate in the Saban Free Clinic's Extravaganza for the Senses on Saturday, July 18 at 20th Century Fox Studios, which raised money for high-quality free medical care for the uninsured and working poor, and in Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation.  Check out this report and a photo of Lago's Vitello Tonnato at the latter fund-raiser to end childhood hunger.

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LAGO IN THE NEWS!


Photo credit:  Megan Sheehy

From a review by The Luxe List:
"Lago is an experience unto itself. This restaurant duly sets itself apart from the glut of others in the Promenade with its authentic Northern Italian cuisine crafted amid a vehement commitment to fresh, locally farmed ingredients. I recently visited Lago for dinner with my husband and two young children ages 7 and 10 who've already cultivated a love of fine dining. Lago is, in fact, quite family friendly, and a favorite with the celebrity-set. Among the stars who've brought their young children in to dine over the years include Dustin Hoffman, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Bob Saget; Police drummer Stewart Copeland, Kate Capshaw and Rita Wilson."
Read the entire review HERE!

From another recent review by the Beverly Press:
"On Saturdays, one of four Santa Monica Certified Farmers Markets sets up shop just a few steps away from Lago’s front door, and the restaurant takes full advantage of the fresh produce sold there. The Burrata alla Caprese pairs the freshest farmers market tomatoes with creamy Burrata, a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. Farmers market produce is also worked into the artisanal cocktail menu, where refreshing libations are too tempting to resist. Try a market margarita, which includes market-fresh grapefruit, tangello and lime; or dive into the wildly popular caprese martini made from fresh cherry tomatoes, basil, crop tomato vodka and balsamic."
Read the entire review HERE!


Photo credit:  Megan Sheehy

Uber-blogger CarolineOnCrack checked out our Artisanal Cocktails menu and bar, with this to say:
"The Market Margarita was unlike any margarita I’ve ever tasted before in that it was so simple — just fresh fruit juices and tequila. No sweet and sour, no triple sec, no Grand Marnier, no margarita mix. Apparently this is the perfect margarita for purists who prefer to actually taste the tequila."
Read more HERE!




And finally, check out our wonderful General Manager Megan Sheehy's recent article in a Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce publication.  Did you know that drinking organic cocktails has a big impact on the environment?   Click HERE to find out why.


Hungry?  Thirsty?  Call now for reservations!  
(310) 451-3525


THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009

NEW!
Farmers' Market-Driven
Artisanal Cocktails

Happy Hour Now Seven Days a Week
and All Evening Tuesdays

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Come try our new Artisanal Cocktail Menu! 



You'll love these distinctive mixed drinks, crafted with freshly squeezed and just-picked ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmers' Market and top-shelf organic liquors.  
A few from the menu...

Our famous
MOJITO

(Mint, Lime, Papagayo Rum and Sugar Cane)

MARKET MARGARITA
(Oro Blanco Grapefruit, Tangelo, Lime, 4 Copas Tequila)


SAGE MIST
(Sage, Square One Cucumber Vodka, Prosecco)

MINT BERRY
(Strawberry, Mint, Açaí Berry Veev Liqueur)


CAPRESE
(Cherry Tomato, Basil, Crop Tomato Vodka, Balsamic)

Photo Credits: Megan Sheehy

Check out the full slate HERE!

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We've expanded HAPPY HOUR to seven days a week (and all evening Tuesdays) with $3 beers, $4 house wines, half-price dishes and other great deals.  More info is HERE.


Visit us soon -- we look forward to seeing you!  
(310) 451-3525

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009  


LAGO IN THE NEWS:
PROFILE OF CO-OWNER WEST HOOKER!

Check out this FEATURE STORY about Lago Co-Owner West Hooker



from Bay Insider, the new publication from Santa Monica's Bayside District!


 
TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2009

Check out our Rotating
CHEF’S SEASONAL TASTING MENU
Highlighting Unique Flavors of the Season

LAGO IN THE NEWS:  
TABLE CONVERSATION and EXAMINER.COM

FREE ZAGAT GUIDE FOR PARTICIPATING IN
ZAGAT'S LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT SURVEY

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We're offering our CHEF’S SEASONAL TASTING MENU, which highlights the unique flavors of the season and provides the opportunity to taste each succulent dish as a part of a three- or four-course tasting menu with the added option to enjoy prestigious wines paired with each course by sommelier Megan Sheehy. 

Lago's seasonal dishes as well as numerous regular menu items feature produce from the local Santa Monica Farmer’s Markets (just outside Lago's front door) to utilize the freshest, organic, most flavorsome produce available while keeping the purchases local to Southern California from such local growers as Scarborough Farms, Windsor Farms, Harry’s Berries, Weiser Farms, Garcia Farms, Coleman Farms and JJ Loned Daughter Ranch.


Click HERE to see all our menus.


Hungry?  Call now for reservations!  
(310) 451-3525


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Noted food writer Barbara Hansen gave our 
STIMULUS LUNCH MENU a rave in Table Conversation, describing our Appetizer Buffet as
"… a meal in itself, [which] lets you choose anything you want… There were so many choices that I had to leave several behind.  My plate was already handsomely filled with grilled eggplant, marinated mushrooms, sliced sweet peppers, tomato slices with fresh mozzarella and basil, a frittata wedge, a tomato half stuffed with risotto and several slices of bresaola--dark red, air-dried salted beef accompanied by arugula and shaved Parmesan."
Of her STIMULUS LUNCH MENU experience, Hansen added,
"There was no skimping, no eliminating of extras.  The waiter brought a basket of good, warm bread, butter and a container of olive oil…  And we stayed for a long time, enjoying the pleasant, open space."
Check out the entire review HERE.

Our recipe for roasted rack of lamb in fresh mint sauce is featured on
Examiner.com
  just in time for Easter -- more on that next week!

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It's easy to use Zagat's online voting system, and you can vote for as many or as few restaurants as you like.  When you complete a survey, Zagat will send you a free copy of the book when it's published.  

Be sure to include your opinions about Locanda del Lago in the Santa Monica section!

Visit Zagat's site to participate.


TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009

LAGO IN THE NEWS:  
BLACKBOOK MAGAZINE, MICHELIN GUIDE 2009

Have you seen BLACKBOOK MAGAZINE's "Industry Insiders" Q&A
with our General Manager Megan Sheehy? 



Read it HERE!


We're also very proud to be
RECOMMENDED for culinary achievements
by the 2009 MICHELIN GUIDE!




THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008
 

SEASONAL LOBSTER MENU THIS WEEK!
LOBSTER, LOBSTER, LOBSTER!

Check out our seasonal lobster menu, made with Farmer's Market organic ingredients, available through Friday:

Steamed Half Local Spiny Lobster Salad
with Farmer’s Market Heirloom Tomatoes and Baby Arugula in Lemon and Val Paradiso Dressing

Housemade Spinach Tagliolini Tossed with Half Local Spiny Lobster
and Farmer’s Market Organic Baby Artichokes in Cherry Tomato & White Wine Sauce

Grilled Local Spiny Lobster
with Russet Baked Potato Flavored with Fresh Mediterranean Herbs, Radicchio Trevisano
Roasted with Pinenuts and Raisins and Diavola Sauce of Chevril, Shallot, Spicy White Wine Reduction

Hungry?  Click HERE to see the full menu, and call now for reservations!


FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2008 


CHECK OUT OUR
PARTY AND CATERING SERVICES
FOR YOUR SPECIAL EVENTS


Planning to party?

Locanda del Lago General Manager Megan Sheehy would love to work with you to create a tasteful, successful special event either at the restaurant or at the venue of your choice.  Whether you're envisioning an intimate dinner at home for 10 or throwing a wedding reception for 300, an important business dinner or a restaurant buy-out for a festive employee gathering, our experienced staff is available to cater large or small events for you and your guests.

Check out menu selections on our MENUS page (click the Special Events link), and you'll see we can create a customized menu for any kind of party: cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, luncheons or dinners, and more.  Let us help you impress your guests with our famous, authentic Lake Como cuisine.  Choices are limited only to your own imagination and tastes!  Also available is our award-winning wine list with over 400 superior Italian selections and California offerings.  We feature a full bar, too.

It's simple – just contact Megan by phone at (310) 451-3525 or email her for questions, a walk-through or a tasting. 

Thanks in advance for considering Locanda del Lago for your event!


SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2008  


SUMMER PICNIC MENUS

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR LAGO

"GLOW" MARTINI

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
GM MEGAN SHEEHY

PICNICKING?


Check out Lago's PICNICS MENU, a tempting choice of three take-away meals.  They're perfect for the Hollywood Bowl, the beach, a park or simply for a night when you don't feel like cooking! 

Visit our MENUS page for all the details.


THE CRITICS ARE TALKING…


Restaurant critic Merrill Shindler visited Lago recently, announcing to his radio audience, "[The chef] really has a great sense of the food of Northern Italy.  I've had the best meal I've ever had there.  It was absolutely terrific.  They served an ossobuco that was so full of marrow and so covered with meat, it was just a joy."

Also dining with us was a writer from About.com, owned by the New York Times, who featured Lago as one of just seven L.A. dining spots in its list of "Favorite Restaurants and Old Standbys in Los Angeles."  Lago was described as being "as authentic Italian as you'll find this side of the ocean."

And check out a wonderful review of Lago at Santa Monica's largest newspaper, the Mirror.


GLOW


Get into the spirit of GLOW, Santa Monica's dusk-to-dawn festival on Saturday, July 19 from 7 pm to 7 am, with our GLOWing Passion Martini.  It's a can't miss, delicious blend of fresh passion fruit nectar chilled with Johnny Love Passion Fruit Vodka, plus a splash of cranberry.  Make your dinner reservations at Lago now, and you can stroll over to the GLOW activities afterward!

Click here for more on GLOW, which is described in the City of Santa Monica's press release as an "unprecedented temporary public art program inspired by the famed grunion runs along Santa Monica’s shoreline, the momentary iridescence on the beach acting as a metaphor for the brilliant, yet temporal, art installations that will also shimmer and glow from sunset to sunrise, for one-night-only."

AND FINALLY, CONGATULATIONS TO MEGAN!

Kudos to our fabulous General Manager Megan Sheehy for being honored with a Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce "Chairman of the Board Award" for her involvement and contributions to the Commerce!

We hope to see you soon at Lago!  
Call today for reservations:  (310) 451-3525.
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FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2008 

HAPPY 18th ANNIVERSARY -- OUR GIFT TO YOU!

GREAT REVIEW OF LAGO AT LAIST.COM

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The beginning of April marks the date Lago opened in 1991.  Thank you for your loyalty and support all these years.  You've helped us keep our doors open for 17 years and, we hope, many more!

To show our appreciation,
we are extending a special gift for you. 

Our "Anniversary Card" features 30 special offers, one for every day in April.  For example, on Friday, April 4, you're entitled to 15% off lunch.  On Tuesday, April 15, order any pasta dish for $10.99.  Don't miss joining us on Tuesday, April 29, when you'll get a free Grolla after dinner!  And there are 27 others!  Just bring the day's "tab" from the card into Lago, and you're set.  (You can use any of the offers or all of them!)

If you're on our postal mailing list, you've probably already received this card.  If you're not, and you'd like us to send one, click HERE (or send an email to webmaster at lagosantamonica dot com with ANNIVERSARY CARD in the subject line).  We won't add you to our mailing lists unless you specifically request it. 

Thank you again for being a loyal patron of Locanda del Lago.

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Check out our highly favorable review at LAIst.com!

Visit us soon – call now for reservations:  310 451-3525.

 

MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2008 

LAGO HONORED WITH BEST OF CITYSEARCH
NOMINATION IN "HAPPY HOUR" CATEGORY; 
VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN!


Wow!  We've been nominated for the Best of Citysearch poll in the Happy Hour category by the Citysearch Los Angeles Editorial Team!  Vote for us here, with our deepest thanks!

If you haven't checked out our Happy Hour lately, stop by
5 to 7 p.m. Sundays through Fridays for our specially priced tapas-style menu and drinks.
 
  
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2007 

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE
A RESTAURANT REVIEWER, PART TWO!


The Zagat Guide isn't the only place for budding restaurant critics to express themselves.  With the increasing numbers of web sites offering opportunities for users to provide content, we invite you to post your comments and reviews about Locanda del Lago. 

Here are some links to sites that feature user content:





TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2007

 
NEW FEATURED RECIPE:
PIZZOCCHERI ALLA VALTELLINESE

PLUS CONGRATULATIONS
TO OUR GM MEGAN SHEEHY!


Our current featured recipe is PIZZOCCHERI ALLA VALTELLINESE (house-made whole wheat pappardelle tossed with braised savoy cabbage, 
roasted garlic, fried sage, yukon potatoes and bitto cheese fondue),
one of our most popular dishes.  You'll find it on our RECIPES page.  Delicious!

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Congratulations to our wonderful General Manager Megan Sheehy for being named "Volunteer of the Week" last week by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce for her help in securing silent auction items for the Taste of Santa Monica on Sunday, Septermber 16!

 
 
 

 

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