As the saying goes, do not put all of your eggs in one basket.
Unless, of course, your basket is the sweeping coastline of Santa Monica and your ideal Easter Sunday revolves around balmy temperatures and an exquisite holiday brunch (or dinner).
In that case, Shutters and Casa are your destinations and Chefs Vittorio Lucariello and Gemma Gray your seasoned guides for a holiday by the Pacific.
In the dining room at 1 Pico, partake in a special menu for brunch overlooking Santa Monica Beach or dinner under the backdrop of a color-drenched sunset. Chef Lucariello will be serving delectable offerings such as homemade tagliatelle with braised moscovy duck, roasted diver scallops, organic egg frittata with black truffle and pecorino cheese, and savory New England lamb chop.
Make sure to save room for dessert – we recommend the puff pastry almond tartlet with dolce latte gelato and vanilla cream, among others.
Next door at Catch and Terrazza, Chef Gemma’s selection of brunch and dinner favorites are on the menu, with highlights such as Dungeness crab crostini, succulent lobster cake eggs benedict, and grilled organic filet mignon.
Before or after your holiday meal, those celebrating with young family members may enjoy the Easter festivities happening around Santa Monica. Just minutes from Shutters and Casa, Peter Rabbit Day at Douglas Park features an egg hunt along with face painting, egg dyeing, sack races, and an appearance by Peter Rabbit himself. (There are also a number of Easter festivities happening in greater Los Angeles, including Easter Fest in Downtown LA.)
But then, you are celebrating the holiday in Southern California. And the beach is calling.