Le Petit Paris’ flambéed truffle penne originated at owners David and Fanny Rolland’s restaurant Miramar Plage in Cannes, France (where they also have another Le Petit Paris). The restaurateurs, both huge truffle fans, insist upon offering at least one specialty truffle dish at each of their restaurants. The LA location has a few, including a mind-boggling truffle burger with foie gras, while The Miramar Plage dedicates an entire section of the menu to truffles. They opt for cognac as the fuel for the flambéed truffle penne because, well, it’s French, and they feel the aromas pair perfectly with the truffles.
So while LA’s Le Petit Paris is a sparkling date destination on its own -- occupying the former lobby of the historic El Dorado Hotel and gilded with twinkling crystal chandeliers, a grand staircase, and even a boutique with goodies straight from Paris -- the flambéed truffle penne really helps to stoke the flames of romance. Just be careful not to lean too close to the fire.