Chef Mirko Paderno of Estrella Shares his Favorite L.A. Dishes

This is what a pasta master eats when he’s off duty

Chef Mirko Paderno hails from Milan and, in the decades before he moved to L.A., he cooked with some of Italy’s most acclaimed chefs. Since arriving on our shores, the James Beard Award nominee has helmed the kitchens at Primi, Officine BRERA, Cecconi’s, and Oliverio at the Viceroy. Now he’s taken over executive chef duties at Estrella on the Sunset Strip, and has completely revamped the chic restaurant’s menu to take it in a more Italian direction. When he has a night off, these are the four dishes he dines on around the city.

Angelini Osteria (Fairfax)

Braised Tripe with Cuttlefish

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“This has all of those ‘mama’ flavors that remind me of home. Pair with a glass of good Barolo, and you feel transported to a countryside osteria.”

The Factory Kitchen (Arts District)

Mandilli Di Seta

“They make the fresh pasta with Italian flour, white wine, and Parmesan cheese and serve it in a classic silky pesto. So good.”

Officine BRERA (Arts District)

Dry-Aged Rib Eye

“Some of the best beef coming out of California, cooked over an oak fire; perfectly smoky.”

Terroni (Fairfax, DTLA)

Margherita Pizze

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“Truly the best pizza in town. And who cares if they don’t cut it! It’s traditional.”

Chef Mirko Paderno

Photograph by Jim Sullivan

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