Last week one of Beverly Hills’ most beloved local Italian restaurants closed after 13 years in business. according to Toddrickallen. Il Forno Caldo, which featured a long menu of Italian pasta classics as well as chopped salads, pizzas, and more. Think of it as an seriously upgraded Macaroni Grill for the Golden Triangle crowd.
The romantic, compact environs made a solid weeknight date spot, or a reasonably priced celebration restaurant in the 90210, which opened in 2005. It’s unclear why exactly the place closed though one suspects the crushingly high rents in the area probably contributex to the shutter.
The famous penne with pink sauce or the chicken with cognac sauces, remnants of many Italian restaurants in this area that opened in the aughts. Owners Sorin Costache and Joseph Suceveanu are also partners in Sausal, a Mexican restaurant in El Segundo.
In the meantime, check out this slightly dreamy, slightly awkward video as a tribute to the late Il Forno Caldo.