Our hidden gem in Beverly Hills…for you to know about

I have mixed thoughts about sharing this but I figure the more people I tell the more likely this place will stay in business. And when I say this is a hidden gem, I mean that every time we eat there we are one of 3 or 4 tables being served. They had us at hello with their steamy hot bread served with balsamic and olive oil. You feel like you are in Italy with the low ceilings, the wine bottles displayed all around and the overall vibe of this restaurant.

We discovered Il Forno Caldo two ways: a) when Pane Fresco went out of business in Brentwood and we were devastated (their sister restuarants, we were told, were Tivoli Cafe in the Palisades and Il Forno Caldo in Beverly Hills) and b) we stumbled upon it during our baby-moon staycation at the Peninsula Hotel where we literally just walked in. It’s not that often you find a place in BH that has atmosphere, isn’t packed, has $15 entrees and is delicious.
Every meal we have had there we have loved, the portions are quite large and there is no shame in taking home a dogggy bag.  I frequently get their turkey chopped salad with goat cheese, half is enough for me. But last night with the 5 of us, what looked best to me of what the group ordered was:

CRABMEAT SALAD – Crabmeat, Organic Baby Mix, Avocado, Fresh Tomatoes, Fresh Lemon Juice, and Olive Oil $13.

LINGUINE ALLE VONGOLE – Linguini Pasta, Fresh Clams, Garlic, Fresh Parsley, White Wine Sauce $15

This place is as laid back as it gets. Walk in with jeans, make a reservation on Open Table or just walk in…it’s so good-trust me.



  1. Been there..it’s very good!

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