October is in full swing, and many local restaurants are celebrating the season with amazing food deals. Now's the time to take a break from the kitchen before the holidays, get dressed up, and take to the cities' best eateries! Not like any of us (especially me) ever needed an excuse...
If you have a love for Italian food, you're in luck because this month is both National Pasta Month and National Pizza month. Keep that gym membership in your budget, and load up on delicious carbs at Scarpetta in Beverly Hills. Chef Scott Conant is offering all patrons a complimentary tasting of his famous gnudi parmigiano (a tasty mix of ricotta cheese and spinach, stuffed in a pasta with no shell and topped with Sicilian tomato sauce) every Sunday this month. Also, don't miss the spaghetti--even when it's cold, it's still the best I've ever had. Sit on the luxurious patio with a glass of chardonnay and enjoy these last warm afternoons.
I've already declared my love for Chaya, but the downtown location has given me yet another reason to sing its praises. Through Sunday, October 28, executive chef Atsushi Kenjo is offering a special menu with various shellfish options, like Maine Lobster sushi. If you're a seafood addict like me, Chaya is the place to go this month.
If German food + beer is your idea of a good time, then cancel your plans Saturday night and rush to Whist at the Viceroy in Santa Monica. Executive Chef Tony DiSalvo has crafted a special menu to celebrate Oktoberfest, complete with three hard-to-find German beers (like doppelbock) to pair with comfort food like bratwurst, knackwurst, and spaetzle for $25 a person. Personally, I'll leave the food and take the beer, but I'm sure that's not a surprise to anyone.