Ago Coupons and Deals
don't miss the real deal, upgrade to bbe vipBy Valaer MurrayAs classic as a martini, Ago is the epitome of LA glamour, though it is cozier than you’d think. Luxe leather banquettes, pearl-handled steak knives, and polished service are the restaurant’s earmarks, but the food’s simple execution with high-quality ingredients, and the cheerful bar with the game onscreen, reveal a neighborhood joint’s charm—in that Old Hollywood way, of course. After all, the place is owned by Robert De Niro, who schools ballers in proper manners. The kitchen stays true to the classic trattoria experience, offering antipasto like burrata, which you’ve likely seen served every which way this year, but Ago’s scoop of velvety creaminess with cold haricots verts and diced tomato has a sepia effect—this is how your Italian grandma would serve it. She would also discourage skimping on a traditional primo course, though the kitchen here will accommodate diners splitting pasta or risotto by serving separate portions. This is a good idea, too, because the mains are stellar, from the lightly charred rack of lamb served au jus alongside crisp rosemary potatoes to the whole fish, baked and filleted tableside with flourish and a flashlight—this is, after all, a romantic date spot.
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