PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF PLEASURE PALATE'S ATTENDANCE AND 3-STRIKES POLICY REGARDING CANCELLATIONS WITH LESS THAN 24 HOURS NOTICE AND "NO SHOWS." THERE ARE "4" AVAILABLE SEATS FOR THIS EVENT.
TO RSVP FOR THIS EVENT:
Please add yourself to the "Wait List." Then, make your payment to me via PayPal (www.paypal.com (http://www.paypal.com/)) to [masked] for $11.00 -- a $10.00 refundable deposit plus a $1.00 non-refundable PayPal processing fee (Total payment of $11.00) per person. Once I am notified that payment has been made, I will change your RSVP from "Wait List" to "I'm Going." If you attend the event, your $10.00 refundable portion of your deposit will be returned to you at the beginning of dinner. No refunds will be issued if you are a "No Show" to the event, or if you cancel AFTER November 13, 2012. On the day of the event, please bring at least $150 to $200 in CASH to settle your portion of the bill (which includes the any beverage you may order (including the wine pairings available) plus tax and 20% gratuity). With a party of 6, the restaurant may only allow a maximum of 2 credit cards per person. Chef Scott Conant's restaurants, Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. Enoteca, will offer two tasting menus from which a portion of the proceeds will benefit City Harvest's mission to deliver food to hungry New Yorkers at this time of great need. $20.00 from every tasting menu sold be donated to City Harvest, which will help keep it on the road providing support to those affected by Hurricane Sandy as well as continuing their regular food rescue work in all five boroughs.
Diners will be offered the choice of either the 5-Course Pasta Tasting Menu for $80.00, or the 4-Course Seasonal Tasting Menu for $115.00. Each menu will offer 1 course that will include white truffle shavings.
Wine pairings are available for both tasting menus at an additional $45.00 for the Pasta Tasting Menu, and at an additional $60.00 for the Seasonal Tasting Menu.
$80 PASTA TASTING MENU:
PUMPKIN CAPPELLACCI - amaretti, peppercino & parmigiano PORCINI & TALEGGIO RAVIOLI - chestnuts & burgundy truffles TAJARIN (egg pasta from Piedmont, Italy) - freshly shaved white truffles SHORT RIB AGNOLOTTI - hon shimeji, brown butter, hazelnuts & horseradish PUMPKIN TART - vanilla gelato & spiced pecans $115 SEASONAL TASTING MENU:
SEARED SCALLOPS - delicata squash puree, apple & leek vinaigrette PORCINI & TALEGGIO RAVIOLI - chestnuts & freshly shaved white truffles SPICED DUCK BREAST - celery root puree, hen of the wood mushrooms & apple mostarda PUMPKIN TART - vanilla gelato & pecans Please note that the entire table MUST participate in either tasting menu, and all requests for substitutions will be kindly declined.
Yelp Reviewers give Scarpetta an average rating of 4.0 Stars out of 5.0 from over 350 reviews. You can read those reviews here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/scarpetta-beverly-hills
From S. Irene Virbila's January 6, 2011 review in the Los Angeles Times:
"The real splurge, though, is a plate of Piemontese-style tajarin with white truffle shaved over it at table.
Rarely are white truffles worth it in the United States. If they're not super fresh, the taste and aroma is a shadow of what they once were for something that's very, very expensive. Some chefs try to amp up the flavor with truffle oil, always a bad idea. But these tartufi are beautiful, as fragrant as any you'd get in Alba, the heart of white truffle country. And the tajarin is pretty perfect too, though not as eggy as is traditional in Piemonte, where cooks can use a couple of dozen yolks in one batch.
Pasta is clearly the standout at Scarpetta, as it was at L'Impero. I've never eaten at the original Scarpetta, but the menu here is very similar to the others: succinct and seasonal, more elaborate than simple. Multiple editions of the same restaurant is a model that Wolfgang Puck established long ago. And it's not going away anytime soon."
You can read the complete review here: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jan/06/food/la-fo-review-20110106
We will meet inside the lobby of the restaurant about 5 to 10 minutes before our 7:00pm reservation. I will email attendees my cell number the morning of the dinner so that you can call or text me if you arrive before I do, or are running late or are lost.
Valet parking on Canon, in front of the Montage Hotel, is available for $8.00. Parking is also available at 225 North Canon Drive, one of the city's underground parking facilities. The first 2 hours are free, and each additional 30 minutes is $3.00. Be sure not to confuse this lot with the ones that offer only the 1st Hour free. Metered street parking is also available. Just make sure you feed the meters properly.