Chef Gianfranco Minuz at Locanda del Lago for the monthly Morso Bella Bestia.
Each month the iconic Locanda del Lago on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade presents an unsurpassed dining experience called Morso Bella Bestia, translated as “bite of the beautiful beast.”
Each meal features five courses each containing a signature protein such as venison in January. Chef Gianfranco Minuz from the Fruili region of Italy started the evening with a starter of roasted venison loin on baby frisee salad and pickled vegetables followed by housemade cannelloni with venison belly and juniper berry filling. Risotto with venison steak came next with a slowly braised venison shoulder rubbed in cinnamon as the main course.
Each course can also be paired with wine or you can choose the “free-flowing” house wine. In February Locanda del Lago features wild boar from Cinghiale and in March suckling pig from Porchetta. The restaurant serves classic northern Italian cuisine that highlights the best of Southern California’s seasonal produce.
Locanda del Lago offers diners a warm, welcoming environment in which to savor an authentic menu featuring market-fresh northern Italian specialties by a skilled culinary team hailing from the regions of Lombardy and Lake Como.