The Resort at Pelican Hill’s deluxe dining room is named for noted Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), but the elegant northern Italian dishes are overseen by chef de cuisine Marco Criscuolo. Pastas are made daily and dried naturally in a custom room, and seasonal produce is grown on the Irvine Ranch, a sister property. Service is ultragenteel, and the wine list is loaded with Italy’s heavy hitters. Note: star rating reflects a former chef.
Read our January 2011 review here.