Wow. Has it really taken me this long to get myself to Cecconi’s? SoHo House opened this famed London eaterie here in WeHo at the corner of Robertson and Melrose in February 2009 literally 5 minutes (on foot no less) from my West Hollywood flat.
Well, whatever. Because I met my friend Allan there this morning for his birthday and I’m in love. It was one of those rare rainy days in LA this morning when I walked in to wait for him. The retractable-roof patio is really cozy, with overstuffed couches and the heat lamps were going so that although it was bit gloomy, it wasn’t cold. It was Friday morning at 9 a.m., so we had our pick of the joint. With a spacious terrace banquette facing a gorgeous bar, I opted to nestle myself into a coveted cozy corner four top as Allan arrived.
We promptly ordered toast with homemade marmalade. I had plum spread on my bread with bit of butter and a latte. With a focus on sourcing the finest quality ingredients, Cecconi’s West Hollywood features a menu of simply prepared, Venetian influenced food and drink. So we ordered the mushroom and pancetta frittata which came in its own skillet. Ricotta pancakes with blueberries, rosemary hash brown balls and a side of apple wood bacon. I prefer savory over sweet … but the ricotta pancakes were not too sweet at all. This was a gorgeous little breakfast. We split everything to help save on the guilty feelings that often comes from indulging in such delicious fare. It is LA, so the portions weren’t huge. They were, however, very satisfying.
Allan comes here often (as an active member of the Avenues of Art and Design), so he took me on an insider tours apres le petit dejeuner and pointed out some of the beautiful design elements. The private Butterfly Room would be a perfect place to hold an elegant birthday dinner and he shared that the patio/back door is the secret entrance whereby VIPs and celebs can sneak in without paparazzi hassle.
Ceconni’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They even offer a midnight menu. And this is West Hollywood so I would be remiss if I didn’t mention parking. Like most spots in WeHo, it’s valet, on the house until 6p making lunch and brunch a no-brainer. Dinner people? Make sure to have some extra bucks in your wallet but that’s good advice for anybody coming to L.A.
This would be a great first date place and I certainly recommend it for breakfast or better yet, brunch. I was surprised that it was such a easy breakfast spot, but it is. I mean yes, there was a lot of Chanel and Vuitton going on … but worn LA style with denim of course. I’ve heard that the night scene is different, cocktail dresses and Louboutin different but I have yet to have dinner here. But thanks to Boudoir, Inc. and Decades Two, I have that piece sorted as well.
The piece de resistance? The hostess walked over with a friends and family card so now I’m part of that little circle and with it comes some great perks. Oooooh Cecconi’s I love you even more. You were worth the wait.
Monday to Wednesday 8am to midnight
Thursday to Saturday 8am to 1am
Sunday 8am to 11pm
Here is the online menu.
Breakfast served until 11.30am
Lunch menu served 11.30am to 5pm
Dinner menu served 5pm to midnight
Midnight menu served 11pm to 1am (Thu to Sat)
Brunch at weekends from 11am to 5pm
8764 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles 90069
Tel +1 (310) 432 2000
Fax +1 (310) 432 2004