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Cecconi's
Beverly Hills' power spot, by way of London

Los Angeles

This London transplant's transformed the Morton's space into a massive, upscale Italian bistro (glass chandeliers, plush tufted leather banquettes) with subtle hints of 50's ice cream parlor (stationary purple barstools). Food ranges from creative breakfasts (wood-baked fritatta w/ pancetta/wild mushrooms & ricotta), to pasta lunches (crab ravioli w/ saffron sauce), to seafood dinners (charcoal-grilled Santa Barbara prawns w/ escarole & anchovy), as well as tableside-made tartares, carpaccios, and salads, including one with lobster, asparagus, and fava beans -- which also go great with a nice Chianti, and roving civil servants' livers.

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1. Cecconi's 8764 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

This London transplant's an upscale Italian bistro (glass chandeliers, plush tufted leather banquettes) with subtle hints of '50s ice cream parlor (stationary purple barstools). The food is delicious, but the real star of the show is the build-your-own-but-they'll-still-make-it Bloody Marys at brunch, with tons of house-picked veggies, spices, and boozes to choose from.

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