Drago Gets Back Into Game

I ain't a killa but don't push me...
I ain’t a killa but don’t push me… Photo: Drago

Celestino Drago is recapturing one of the hallmarks of his recently shuttered Santa Monica flagship at his Downtown restaurant, Osteria Drago. The chef, who has been known to bag a bird or two in his day, is introducing a $70 tasting menu centered on locally caught game meats. Served through fall, dishes include a carpaccio of venison and guanciale with huckleberry and cardoons, rabbit fettucine with shaved fennel and baked ricotta, and a truffle-crusted partridge. Drago frames the five-course menu as an honor to his annual pheasant and duck-hunting trips to North Dakota, with a $45 Italian wine-pairing option also available. See the full tasting menu below.


Il Carpaccio
Vension and Guanciale Carpaccio, Huckleberry Jam, Cardoons
Schiopetto, Friulano, Friuli, 2009

La Pasta
Rabbit Fettuccine, Shaved Fennel, Carrots, Baked Ricotta
Vigneti Massa, Derthona, Timorasso, Colli Tortonesi, 2009

La Pernice
Truffle Crusted Partridge, Potato Puree, Brussel Sprouts
Antichi Vinai, Il Mascalese, Nerello Mascalese, Sicilia, 2010

Il Piccione
Squab Roulade, Butternut Squash Agnolotti, Artichoke
Produttori Del Barbaresco, Barbaresco, Piemonte, 2006

Il Dolce
Goat’s Milk Panna Cotta, Concord Grape, Salted Crumble
Maculan, Dindarello, Moscato, Veneto, 2009

Drago Gets Back Into Game