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Guest Chef Brings Bologna to Tanino

Anna Bevini shares tastes of her native region. Baby tortelloni stuffed with pheasant, anyone?

May 25, 2000|ANGELA PETTERA | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Are Two Chefs Better Than One?: Tanino, the Italian restaurant run by Tanino and Calogero Drago, has a guest chef for the month of June. Anna Bevini, who has known Tanino Drago for the last five years, adds dishes from her native Bologna to the restaurant's regular menu, including baby tortelloni stuffed with pheasant in black truffle and pheasant sauce and marinated Adriatic Sea tuna with sweet and sour baby onions from Cremona.

* Tanino Ristorante, 1043 Westwood Blvd., Westwood; (310) 208-0444.

Lazy Sunday Dining: Reign, Keyshawn Johnson's Southern restaurant, adds a Sunday champagne buffet to its repertoire, starting Sunday, with a carving station for filet mignon and young turkey, another table for country-fried chicken and short ribs, still another for seafood, plus soups, salads, appetizers and desserts. The tab, including champagne, is $25. Brunch hours are noon to 8 p.m.

* Reign, 180 N. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills; (310) 273-4463.

Call Me Al Fresco: It's outdoor theater picnic time again. If you don't feel like packing a basket yourself, Martha Stewart fashion, these spots will do it for you.

Broadway Deli: Run by the Third Street Promenade for a quick meal to go. They offer a sandwich--such as turkey club, tuna salad or cold meatloaf--potato salad or cole slaw, a fruit salad, a cookie and a drink for $10.95. Broadway Deli, 1457 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica; (310) 451-0616.

Chianti: Four picnic boxes are available here. Sample: grilled swordfish sandwich, endive salad with Gorgonzola and caramelized walnuts and a selection of fresh berries. A vegetarian box is available. Prices run from $18.50 to $22 per person. Every box includes a half bottle of Chianti. Order at least one day in advance and pay ahead. Pick up after 4 p.m. Chianti Ristorante e Cucina, 7383 Melrose Ave., L.A.; (323) 653-8333.

Cha Cha Cha, Encino: The deal here is Caribbean lunches. Jamaican Treat is jerk chicken, pasta salad, cole slaw and dessert. Street Thomas is poached salmon with tropical salsa, pasta salad, Caesar salad, rolls and dessert. Meals run $17 to $23 per person. Such sides as ceviche and baked artichokes cost extra. Order a day in advance. Cha Cha Cha, Encino, 17499 Ventura Blvd., Encino; (818) 789-3600.

Dining With Andre: This new "Provencal takerie" is in a 1920s building next to the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena. It has four picnic menus for take-out, with offerings such as mushroom pa^te with tomato-basil coulis, poached salmon medallions, green salad, French country bread with olive relish (tapenade) and petits fours. Prices range from $15 to $18 per person. Dining With Andre is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Dining With Andre, 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena; (626) 799-5052.

Food and Wine Garage: This new grocery store in Northridge owned by Whole Foods Market has a 1950s gas station theme. That's right--patrons enter through a garage door and navigate past food islands and the occasional gas pump. The prepared foods department has wrap sandwiches (sample: chicken and spinach, $3.99), salads (chicken salad is $3.49/8 ounces; eggless tofu salad is $1.99/8 ounces) and dips (flavored hummus runs $1.49/8 ounces). Food and Wine Garage, 9350 Reseda Blvd., Northridge; (818) 701-5122.

Joan's on Third: This specialist in foods to go offers a choice of seven meals, including entrees, side dishes, desserts and bread. Prices range from $16 to $28 a head. The Starlight Supper ($24) is grilled maple-rosemary chicken breast with grilled vegetables and "flattened" new potatoes. The vegetarian Summer Symphony ($18) includes Blue Lake green beans with heirloom tomatoes, basil, garlic and goat cheese. A la carte side dishes (salads, cheeses, antipastos) run $4.50 to $6.50 per person. Order at least one day in advance. Joan's on Third, 8350 W. 3rd St., L.A.; (323) 655-2285.

La Cachette: Five picnic meals are available at this French restaurant. Menus are between $25 and $28 per person and include an appetizer, entree, dessert and cookies. (Example: smoked whitefish salad with potatoes and caviar, grilled filet of beef and blackberry tart.) Orders must be placed at least one day in advance. Delivery is available within three miles of the restaurant for $10 extra. La Cachette, 10506 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City; (310) 470-4992.

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