Special Menus at Drago Centro and Il Grano Turn L.A. Into La Tomatina!

Gresik's tomato agnolotti with chile foam at Drago Centro
Gresik's tomato agnolotti with chile foam at Drago Centro Photo: Stan Lee

While quite a few locavore kitchens are playing around town with our tomatoes (we’re eying you right now, Michael’s summer risotto), two of our favorite Italians are taking their inspiration a bit further. Today, S. Irene Virbila reminds us that Sal Marino is highlighting his own 22-strong team of varied home-grown tomatoes in Wednesday menus that change each week over at Il Grano, with dishes like a green zebra tomato gazpacho and caprese using Black Cherokee heirloom tomatoes.

Downtown at Drago Centro, chef Ian Gresik has his own $70 six-course “Taste of Tomato” menu being served until September 10th, with inventive uses for tomato like in his olive oil-poached halibut with tomato water, a Bloody Mary sorbet, tomato agnolotti served with chile foam, and even a dessert topped with tomato creme. See Drago Centro’s full menu below and make reservations at 213-228-8998.

Drago Centro
Through September 10th

$70 for six-courses
Additional $45 wine pairing option available

-Baby cuttlefish salad, cherry tomatoes, Bloody Mary sorbet

-Olive Oil poached halibut, tomato water, shellfish

-Tomato Agnolotti, pancetta, chile foam

-Tomato braised tripe, toasted ciabatta

-Tomato crusted veal loin, balsamic onions, smoked tomato fonduta

-Tomato creme, white chocolate, almond macaroon, basil gelato