Kid Hit Menu Items: Pizzas, pastas available in half-sized portions (not necessarily a bargain). Eggs, fruit, fried potato balls at breakfast.
Adult Perks: Check for deals for complimentary aperitivi or bar snacks. People watching. A glitzy environment with just the right amount of restraint.
Pros: Very friendly staff. I recently had an extremely enjoyable breakfast with another mom and baby while sitting on the Terrace’s comfy throw-pillow-filled bench, and they were super accommodating, asking us if we needed high chairs, etc. We felt relaxed and welcome to linger. The potato rusti and duck egg contains a formidable patty of shredded and perfectly crisp fried potatoes ($11). Plus there’s complimentary coffee during breakfast, and free valet.
Cons: Other than expense come dinner, not many, really.
Changing Station: Not technically, but there’s a storage table in the fab bathroom that can double as a changing surface. I’d imagine it’s NOT endorsed by the management for such use, however.
High Chairs: Yes
Parking and Access: Free valet during the day, and $10 after 6 p.m.
Other Tidbits: Cecconi’s is the perfect place to indulge any desire for a dose of glam every now and then. Parents need that, right? I’ve been for all three meals of the day, and while dinner isn’t exactly the best time to bring everyone along, since folks like Jane Fonda or Michael Bay might not be so keen on your tots (unless it’s during the Sunday Family Supper deal), there are plenty of other opportunities to bring kids to the sophisticated WeHo outpost of this London-based restaurant. Breakfast is terrific and well-priced, and the quality of diffused light on the Terrace is absolutely lovely. It’s not damning Cecconi’s with faint praise to say it’s my favorite place to watch Eurotrash in its natural habitat — because I honestly, sincerely do enjoy doing so every now and then. (Kind of reminds me of Novecento in SoHo back in the 90s.) In all those years when Morton’s occupied the space, I never stepped foot inside the southeast corner of Melrose and Robertson. So even if the glitterati and their aspirants take over Cecconi’s, it’s still accessible for some of us plebs to enjoy the dark woods and contrasting marble and sparkling light fixtures. Not to mention chef Andrea Cavaliere’s excellent Italian cooking, which given the setting, is much better than skeptics might expect it to be. Whereas the food at Cecconi’s sibling SoHo House in West Hollywood, for example, is just as good as it NEEDS to be, and no more.
8764 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood
Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 8 a.m. to midnight; Thursday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.