Back in 1926, Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi wanted to open up a restaurant in New York City with a name that paid homage to their home town of Parma. Apparently during the registration process, the clerk misunderstood their accents, and "The Palm" was born.
Their excellence in food and customer service (before steak was on the menu, they'd run to the butcher up the block and cook one to order when that was what the customer wanted) made them extremely popular. Surf and Turf has since become one of the most popular items on the menu.
In the 1970s, with the third generation of the Bozzi and Ganzi family running the restaurant, it was doing so well that they opened a location in Washington, D.C. as well as a second restaurant in NYC. With its continued success, Wally Ganzi thought it was time to move west.
Since it opened its doors in West Hollywood in 1975, The Palm became an instant hit with celebrities and locals alike, and has kept its clients coming back for more. This past September, the lease was up, and the iconic restaurant opted for a zip-code change.
Now located in the "90210," the new restaurant is a reinvention of itself, but maintains some of the famed old caricatures from the WeHo walls (a tradition that began in NY when artists paid their tabs with art).
It continues to be run by the same families, and fourth-generation co-owner, Bruce Bozzi, Jr., has moved back to Los Angeles to man the helm at the Beverly Hills location.
We tried a few things off their cocktail list, but sticking with the classics was the way to go. They make a wicked good dirty martini with scrumptious bleu cheese-stuffed olives.
Sides like their famous creamed spinach and three-cheese au gratin are spectacular. We also loved their lobster bisque and I'm always a sucker for mushrooms. As to the main course, seafood lovers will not be disappointed with the Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna Steak.
267 N. Cañon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210