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

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.

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

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