November 16, 2012

Celebrate Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance with Fresh and Locally Sourced Italian Cuisine at the Getty Restaurant

Special menu features Florentine Family Luncheons on Sundays

The Restaurant at the Getty Center


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Torta della nonna with toasted pignolias and wildflower honey. 

LOS ANGELES—Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300-1350, is on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, and visitors can make seasonal Italian food a delicious part of the experience. Special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at the Restaurant showcase Italy’s culinary heritage, giving visitors a wonderful opportunity to extend their immersion in Italian culture. 

The lunch menu, available Tuesday–Saturday, includes an antipasti of burrata alla panna, with herb toast, prosciutto, marinated artichokes, caramelized shallots, tiny greens and lemon oil.  Pork Osso-Bucco follows, with shelling bean ragu, globe carrots, black Tuscan kale, wild mushroom, crispy pig ear and braising jus.  For dolci, enjoy a torta della nonna with toasted pignolias and wildflower honey.  The prix fixe lunch is $37 a person; $50 with wine pairings.

Visitors can also enjoy a prix fixe dinner menu on Saturday evenings, when the Getty Center stays open until 9 p.m.  Dinner features antipasti with grilled octopus salad, steamed black mussels and grilled crostini. Limoncello granita serves as the intermezzo. Primi is braised duck tagliatelle with Parmesan Reggiano, wilted watercress, and crispy artichoke leaves, or pork short ribs with shelling bean ragu, baby carrots, wild mushrooms, and crispy pig ear and braising jus. For dolci, indulge in Zuccotto Fiorentino, with ladyfingers, orange ricotta mousse and cordillera chocolate.

As a memento with the prix fixe lunch or dinner, the table will receive a packet of Executive Chef Mayet Cristobal’s special Italian herb blend, a one-ounce bottle of Tuscan olive oil, and a recipe for meat, fish or vegetable marinade. Dinner is $75 per person; $95 with wine pairings.

And for a festive weekend gathering of family and friends, celebrate Italy’s tradition of communal feasting with the Sunday Florentine Family Luncheons offered on November 18, December 16 and January 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the Private Dining Room of the Getty Center.

Fashioned after the traditional Italian family meal, and set against a background of Trecento music from the dawn of the Renaissance, the Florentine Sunday luncheon features bountiful food offered family-style on platters direct from the kitchen. With antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci choices, this authentic feast has something for everyone at the table.

Sample Florentine Family Luncheon menus include house-baked breads, olives, and olive oil for dipping; antipasti with cheese, fruit and cured meats; lamb and pork sausage meatballs al forno; and braised short rib tagliata with Chianti reduction, gigante beans, crispy onions and arugula salad with Parmesan Reggiano. Dessert is a torta della nonna with vanilla, lemon zest, pine nuts and sugar. The Florentine Family Luncheon is $65 a person and includes a glass of Prosecco; bottles of Tuscan Red Wine are available at $40 per bottle.

For reservations for the Florentine Family Luncheon, call (310) 440-6212.  For prix fixe lunch or dinner reservations, call (310) 440-6810.

Visit to make reservations and view menus online. The Restaurant at the Getty Center is currently ranked #3 among Los Angeles restaurants at TripAdvisor.

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The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations:  the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and photographs gathered internationally. The Museum’s mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.

Visiting the Getty Center
The Getty Center is open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed Monday and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 5 p.m. on Saturdays and for evening events throughout the week. No reservation is required for parking or general admission. Reservations are required for event seating and groups of 15 or more. Please call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish) for reservations and information. The TTY line for callers who are deaf or hearing impaired is (310) 440-7305. The Getty Center is at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California.

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