Cioppino at Matteos


Why Matteo’s is a family favorite?

For my dad’s 85th birthday celebration with close family he chose a private dining room at Matteo’s in Westwood (Los Angeles). Matteo’s has been a family favorite for about 40 years. Before us Matteo’s was a favorite hangout for Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack group.

Matteo's
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Summary

Matteo's has a comfortable atmosphere, wonderful service, and delicious food. Matteo's is a West Los Angeles institution with lots of hints of the Hollywood A-listers, like the Rat Pack, who used to dine there. You will be extremely satisfied dining at Matteo's!

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Cocktails

The celebration started in the bar area where we each chose a drink. Many of us had one (or 2 or 3) Moscow Mules: a delicious mix of ginger beer (which is actually not beer at all but rather a ginger syrup), vodka and lime. Moscow Mules are simply too easy to drink so you have to be careful.

We then moved into the private dining room prepared for 14 guests around an oval table.  The room was perfect for the occasion as we had a semi-private area to talk, take photos and move around the table.

 

Food

To start we shared plates of fried calamari, antipasti and bruschetta placed on the table. We each ordered a starter, a main dish and later a dessert. I ordered Roasted Beets with Green Beans, Goat Cheese and Walnuts. I have a hard time resisting roasted beets.

Roasted Beets at Matteos
Roasted Beets with Green Beans, Goat Cheese and Walnuts

 

For my main dish I ordered the Sea Bass with Mashed Potatoes and Sauteed Greens, while some of the other dishes included Cioppino, Eggplant Parmesan, and Veal Chops. Cioppino is one of my all-time favorites yet it is a dish I can never seem to eat without making a mess on my shirt.

Sea Bass at Matteos
Sea Bass with Mashed Potatoes and Sauteed Greens

 

 

 

Cioppino at Matteos
Cioppino at Matteo’s

 

 

Eggplant Parmesan at Matteos
Eggplant Parmesan at Matteo’s

 

 

 

Veal Chop at Matteos
Veal Chop at Matteo’s

We finished our lovely meal with dessert, each choosing off of the menu. I selected scoops of pomegranate and blackberry – cabernet sorbet. The blackberry-cabernet sorbet was so yummy!

 

Service

Matteo’s always provides wonderful service, making everyone feel that they are special and part of a larger family. In the main dining room parties are seated in comfortable booths where it is easy to talk and hear each other over any background music or noise from other conversations.

Delicious food, wonderful service and a comfy-elegant-warm atmosphere makes Matteo’s a family favorite!

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