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Rabbit, it's what's for dinner at Locanda del Lago

May 31, 2012 | 11:24 am

Locanda del Lago

Rabbit may not be the first meat that comes to mind when trying to decide what's for dinner, but today at Locanda del Lago restaurant in Santa Monica, there's rabbit on the menu -- lots of it.

Executive chef Gianfranco Minuz has created a five-course meal celebrating the flavors of rabbit as part of the restaurant's ongoing Morso della Bestia, Bite of the Beast, monthly dinner series that occurs the last Thursday of every month. This month's menu will highlight produce from the Santa Monica farmers market and De Bruin Brothers rabbit, a breed that's been fed a diet of alfalfa, oats, wheat and barley. Dishes will include a roasted rabbit loin, rabbit shoulder and belly risotto, rabbit liver and roasted rabbit leg. The dessert, a chocolate cake, is thankfully void of the long-eared creature.

The five-course meal begins at 7 p.m., is $48 per person and includes unlimited litros of house red and white Italian wine (not including tax and gratuity). Reservations are recommended.

231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 451.3525


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Photo: Interior of Locanda del Lago. Credit: Emanuela Cottu for Locanda del Lago