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George Christy Talks About e. baldi, Edoardo Baldi, Critics’ Choice Awards and more

Owner-chef Edoardo Baldi, hostess Elisa Scalari and barkeep Everado Santiago comprise the dedicated team at e. baldi that has new and loyal diners in Beverly Hills favoring Edoardo’s fine Italian cuisine.

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October 10, 2006.

A day we remember. The day Edoardo Baldi opened the door of his eponymous culinary paradise, e. baldi, in Beverly Hills at 375 North Canon Drive.

Two blocks South from our Beverly Hills Courier.

Al Pacino can’t stay away.  Spaghetti with tomato-basil please.  Often dining with his filmmaker Harold Becker (Sea of Love) and his designer wife Susie Becker.

Wendy and Leonard Goldberg are like Al Pacino.  They can’t stay away.  Hosting out of town friends like director McG and wife Alix who discovered, while dining with Marisa Berenson that they live on the same street in Paris.  Marisa, never more beautiful, was in town to meet Baby Luna, whose mother is Marisa’s daughter Starlight Randall. 

The intimate scale of the dining room designed with a simple modern look attracted not only the cognoscenti, but just us folks. 

The comfort of its friendly style, coupled with the good service, is an ideal setting for the food, praised as “the best the best” as Genevieve and Ivan Reitman described it the other evening after they arrived from their mainstay in Montecito. To wine and dine while lodging at their pied-a-terre hereabouts.

He was 30 when Edoardo Baldi introduced our citizenry to the excellent Italian cuisine he grew up within the seaside  Tuscany community of Forte dei Marmi. His father Giorgio Baldi and his mom Roberta were gourmet cooks. After immigrating to California, they created the wonderful Il Ristorante Giorgio Baldi on West Channel Road in Santa Monica.  Daughter Elena Baldi masterminds this successful dining room, with a private area for parties.

The Baldis’ hometown is known for its marble and fresh peaches.

And of course, Edoardo serves a peach cobbler at e.baldi that is addictive, as is his cherry cobbler that producer Brad Krevoy finds irresistable, along with his lemon sole that is so fresh it winks.

Brad was among the diners greeting the Reitmans, and superstar realtor Joyce Rey, who’s among the realtors representing the fabled Jerry Perenchio estate on Bel-Air Road (listed at $350 million). The residence served as the façade for the long-lasting Beverly Hillbillies sitcom. 

At e. baldi’s Number One booth, Jerry Bruckheimer was hosting Wyck Godfrey, the Motion Picture Group president for Chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos of Paramount Pictures.

At times, e.baldi appears to be somewhat like a social club.   Elisa Scalari, an alluring beauty, is in charge of the dining room on most nights (a maitress d’hotel, if you will).  With Everado Santiago the master of the bar since the opening. 

Regulars return for the sweet corn agnolotti, hearts of palm salad, the polenta with porcini, the nourishing soups, from minestrone to lentil to broccoli. Also the non pareil grilled langoustines, the white truffle pastas and risotto, the piping-hot lasagna, the scallopini of veal, the juicy T-bone steak that carnivores love more than life.  And let’s not overlook Edoardo’s butterscotch pudding with its tang of rum.  

Savoring Edoardo’s cherry cobbler,  Brad informed that the extraordinarily popular When Calls The Heart will be celebrating its fifth season on the Hallmark Channel. He’s the proud executive producer and distributor.

His films, A Christmas Prince (rated a “Best Ten” holiday movie by Time Magazine), A Christmas Inheritance, A Royal Winter are ratings winners.

Brad departs for a week to attend the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, then flies to Minneapolis for the February 4 Super Bowl where Justin Timberlake will entertain at halftime.

The Internet reports, that ticket prices range from $950 to $5,000.

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