When the Drago family was naming the Sherman Oaks restaurant, they wanted a title befitting their love of fresh Italian foods and an homage to their southern Italian heritage. Panzanella seems perfect. Chef Giacomino Drago, the youngest of the five Drago brothers, admits his addiction to the salad. “It really is Italy in a bowl,” he explains. “It has all the main ingredients of Italian cooking: olive oil, tomatoes, basil and onion.” Throw in cucumber and homemade oversized croutons and you’ve got Panzanella. “I always eat this when I’m homesick because it’s what I grew up with in my Sicilian village.”
OurPhilosophyWhile fresh ingredients beautifully prepared is our hallmark, it’s our staff that gives Panzanella a warm atmosphere. General Manager Massimo Mazzarini welcomes guests as if he was inviting them into his home. As for our name, Panzanella, though comprised of humble ingredients, it truly is an Italian delicacy.
DiningExperienceFor those who enjoy dining at the other Drago family trattorias (Il Pastaio, Piccolo Paradiso, and Via Alloro in Beverly Hills, Tanino Ristorante in Westwood, Drago Ristorante in mid-Wilshire at the Petersen Automobile Museum, Celestino in Pasadena and Il Segreto at the Glen Centre) Panzanella will seem an extension.
- Charming, quaint atmosphere. They have great pasta, especially the mushroom raviolis with truffles. Their meat is also excellent and they have a wonderful branzino that is nice for two people to share.
- The best! I love this restaurant. Lovely atmosphere. Lovely staff of people, and wonderful food.
- Wonderful food amazing dinner spot not cheap but amazing food.
- Amazing food. Amazing service. Desserts are heaven.