AN ICONIC EVOLUTION
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary since the opening of SPAGO, master chef and entrepreneur Wolfgang Puck called upon the talents of Waldo Fernandez to transform the restaurant’s classic 90’s nouvelle cuisine decor into a sun-drenched and modern environment to underscore Puck’s mission to evolve the Spago brand to a new level. The main dining area is dominated by a massive glass wall featuring a 3,000-bottle selection from the restaurant’s equally massive wine collection. Fernandez then created multiple dining areas to add both perspective and intimacy that play host to the multi-million dollar art collection that has been curated by Puck’s wife, Gelila Assefa Puck and includes works from Los Angeles-based artists like Ed Ruscha. Of course no self-respecting Southern California establishment would be complete without an Al Fresco dining area and here, Spago doesn’t disappoint- with two blazing fireplaces and a retractable patio roof. To add subtle sophistication a special table service from French porcelain company Bernardaud has been created as well as bespoke uniforms from British tailor Ozwald Boateng. In an equally daring move, Wolfgang Puck has also completely revamped the Spago menu, editing, honing, and refining the new menu to reflect a contemporary vibe and his long standing commitment to seasonal, local, and organic ingredients. Under the supervision of Chef de Cuisine Chef Tetsu Yahagi the new menu will boasts such new dishes as Chino Farm’s Vegetable Salad with Pine Nuts, Roquefort, Dates, Asian Pear, and Apples; Veal Filet Mignon tartar with Smoked Mascarpone and Warm Herb Vinaigrette; and Santa Barbara Spot Prawn with Suckling Pig, Keifer Lime, and Hychiya Persimmon. The flavours and compositions are complex celebrating the sophisticated palettes of a new wave of patrons. Spago as an institution has become a truly iconic Grand Dame of Beverly Hills and still attracts an incredibly impressive A-list clientele. And though Swifty Lazar’s last Post-Oscar party is now well relegated to history and not one drop of the old Spago has survived, what does remain is Wolfgang Puck’s passion for gastronomy and proffering a unique dining experience to his restaurants’ guests.
SPAGO 176 North Canon Drive Beverly Hills +1-310-385-0880 www.spago.com