Celestino Drago Closes Enoteca Drago in Beverly HillsBy Lesley Balla | January 9, 2014 By Lesley Balla | January 9, 2014
The new year brings expansion for some chefs and restaurateurs, and consolidation for others. Celestino Drago closed his Beverly Hills restaurant, Enoteca Drago, on January 6, saying, "After a wonderful 10-year run, Enoteca celebrated its final dinner service. On behalf of the entire staff we want to thank our neighbors in Beverly Hills and all of Los Angeles for their loyal patronage over the past decade."
In 2012, Drago closed the original Drago Ristorante after 20 years in Santa Monica, and the short-lived Osteria Drago on the Sunset Strip shuttered last year. But Il Pastaio (next to the Enoteca) is still going strong, as is Drago Centro in Downtown LA. The Drago Bakery/Dolce Forno still cranks out breads and baked goods, and word is he may expand it into more of a retail shop and cafe, and his company still has Drago Air, an airline catering service. Drago's time spent giving Los Angeles hand-made pastas and other Italian specialties hasn't gone unnoticed: He'll be honored as Chef of the Year at Planned Parenthood's Food Fare in March.