Photo by Kristin Vartan
When gliding down PCH, some of the more well-known eateries may be the trendy, overcrowded hotspots of Nobu and Malibu Farm. Among them reside underrated restaurants students never get around to visiting. Italian bistro, TRAMONTO, just three miles south of Pepperdine, deserves a spot on any Pepperdiner’s bucket list.
“For me, the philosophy of TRAMONTO is good food, good service,” TRAMONTO’s owner, Wilfredo Barrera said. “We like to take care of the customer.”
TRAMONTO is open from noon to 10 p.m. every day except Sunday (noon to 9 p.m.) according to their website. Take a seat on a wicker chair on their red brick, sheltered patio for a laid back evening with some friends. Catch up on a typical, overcommitted Pepperdine week over a crunchy baguette with some tasty tapenade. But don’t get too full on the free appetizer. The true gem of this place is their extensive gnocchi bar.
A love ballad should be written to these pillows of heaven that practically melt in the mouth. Choose from eight different combinations: from Gnocchi Bolognese to Gnocchi Quatro Formaggi (four cheeses). The gnocchi is also one of the best-priced meals on the menu. The filling dish costs $17 where other entrees vary all the way up to $32.
While being brought back to life with this delectable comfort food, expect a visit from Barrera, who will personally check up to see how the meal is going. He may recall tales of Pepperdine regulars from the past who all went their separate ways after graduation but reunited years later over a TRAMONTO dinner. They love Pepperdine students so much that there’s even a 20 percent student discount.
“We like to have something for the community,” Barrera said regarding the discount. “This is a neighborhood restaurant.”
Other benefits of TRAMONTO include free parking, online orders and deliveries with a $30 minimum.
Whether dining in or out, TRAMONTO is a destination for delicious, home-cooked Italian food.
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