Posted: Sunday, December 3, 2017 – 12:01 PM
By Victoria Talbot
“Monday is my favorite day,” quips Mayor Lili Bosse enthusiastically, as she joins hundreds of her friends in the Beverly Hills Community for Walk with the Mayor. This week, walk into the heart of Italy at Via Alloro, the Drago Brothers’ authentically romantic café offering the finest Southern Italian cuisine and visit one of the City’s newest additions, Only Roses – a fragrant addition bringing the world’s most luxurious floral splendor to their location on Brighton Way – truly a treat!
Entering Via Alloro is truly like stepping off Canon Drive and entering another world. Twenty years ago the Drago family name was introduced to the Los Angeles restaurant scene and has been a staple ever since. Renowned chefs/restaurateurs, brother’s Giacomino and Tanino Drago are beloved in Beverly Hills, not only for their wonderful cuisine, but also for the sense of community that brings them out for every special occasion in the City, offering memorable treats with the warmth of all of Italy.
The Drago history goes back many generations to the town of Galati Mamertino in Messina, a region in Sicily. Giacomino and Tanino are part of an amazing culinary family and are two of eight brothers and sisters. The house that they were born and raised in is the same house that their parents still live in today. The name of the restaurant, Via Alloro is historical as it is named after the street they grew up on along with many other relatives. Alloro in Italian means bay leaf, a spice that is an essential part of Italian cooking and will play a role in numerous recipes. A visit to Via Alloro is a a treat in every sense of the word.
Only Roses is a unique floral boutique featuring only roses – the World’s finest roses – in a selection that is splendidly elegant, sweetly simple, and truly sophisticated.
OnlyRoses was born in 2007 by Sabine and Anian Schmitt, a husband and wife team driven by their passion and determination to find the world’s best roses – as only the best would do. This started their adventure that would take them from the snow-capped mountains of the German and Swiss Alps to the black volcanic slopes of Ecuador culminating in OnlyRoses – the true source of The World’s Finest Roses.
The brand opened its first store in London 9 years ago and has gone from strength to strength opening stores in the Middle East and most recently, their flagship store in Beverly Hills, on October 17. Welcome them to the City and enjoy!
Walk with the Mayor is part of Mayor Lili Bosse’s #BHHealthyCity initiative, to make Beverly Hills the world’s healthiest city in body, mind, spirit and business. Everyone is welcome to join Walk with the Mayor every Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. on the Crescent steps of City Hall. Wear comfortable shoes and get ready to meet your neighbors, friends, new business connections – and the Mayor of Beverly Hills. Many of the City’s executive staff also join the walk. The walk provides a wonderful opportunity to talk 0ne-on-one with the people who run your City about issues you are passionate about.