PreferDine: Oliverio

On PreferDine yesterday, we put up a deal at one of my favorite restaurants in Beverly Hills, Oliverio at the Avalon Beverly Hills Hotel.

Chef Mirko Paderno's Italian menu has recently changed into its late summer incarnation with all kinds of seasonal goodies making an appearance, and Kelly Wearstler's Italian Riviera-inspired setting make for a memorable dining experience that will send you to Portofino for the evening (if only in your head).

Our deal will get you $50 off your total bill for just $25 now, and we've only got a few left since this is such a popular spot, so if a nighttime gourmet staycation is on your wish list right about now, you'd better act fast! You can get the deal at the link I've included, and read my write-up of the restaurant there or below.


Oliverio at Avalon Beverly Hills
9400 West Olympic Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 277-5221
Link to Website

Dining out at Oliverio is like a lesson in la dolce vita. No, we’re not talking about the 1960 Fellini film, though the restaurant’s recent re-concept by famed designer Kelly Wearstler feels like you’re stepping into a scene on the Italian Riviera where the famous director himself might actually show up, and you don’t even have to hop into the pool to find your true love. The sea-blue geometric mosaic tiling, chess piece-shaped columns, mid-century modern chairs in white leather and dark wood (usually occupied by aspiring starlets and Hollywood hotshots sipping seasonal cocktails from mixologist Ian Porter), all create a stylish poolside effect that feels more like San Remo than Beverly Hills.

The design is only part of the story, though. The real reason Oliverio feels so authentic is thanks to the superlative stylings of Chef Mirko Paderno. He turns out interesting twists on his native Italian dishes like chilled snow pea soup, and tender grilled octopus with braised lentils and roasted tomato. To share, there are bubbly pizzette made with potato flour dough, including one with prosciutto, arugula and parmesan, and another with smoked salmon and Robiola cheese. The spaghetti alla chitarra with langostine is a standout in the pasta section while our favorite risotto comes with earthy wild mushrooms. There are fish including a luscious Mediterranean sea bream with green olives and candied tomatoes; and carni like a thick, juicy rib eye with arugula and parmesan. For dessert, the Italian ricotta cheese cake with strawberry compote will give you a whole new perspective on living “the sweet life.”


  • Before coming to Oliverio to helm his own kitchen, Chef Mirko Paderno manned the stoves in some of L.A.’s best Italian cucine, including Valentino, Celestino Drago, Dolce, All’Angelo and Cecconi’s.

  • Designer Kelly Wearstler’s work has been featured in Vogue and profiled in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and People, as well as in her own coffee table book, Hue.

  • When it was originally built, the Avalon Hotel was a popular hotel for actors and startlets including Mae West, Lucille Ball, and Marilyn Monroe, who lived there for nearly two years.