Ago restaurant, includes among its owner-investors: two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro ("Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull"), actor Christopher Walken ("The Dead Zone," "The Deer Hunter"), Miramax's executive producers Harvey & Bob Weinstein ("Scream," "The English Patient," and "Pulp Fiction"), and director Ridley Scott ("Alien," "Blade Runner," and "Thelma & Louise").
that's not to mention chef Agostino Sciandri - the restaurant's named after
him. (It's pronounced "AH-go.")
Spottings at Ago include Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (on Oscar night), Jennifer Lawrence, Bruce Willis, Kristen Stewart, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Robert Pattinson, Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, Leah Remini, Eva Longoria, Sylvester Stallone, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Tobey Maguire, and Lana Del Rey.
Ago restaurant was the scene of an infamous lunchtime encounter on Oct. 22, 1997 between "Pulp Fiction." director Quentin Tarantino and producer Don Murphy ("Natural Born Killers"). According to news reports, Tarantino, angered at criticism about him in the book, "Killer Instinct" (which was written by Murphy's producing partner), attacked Murphy in the restaurant. The police were called and Tarantino spent some time in the back of a squad car before a truce was negotiated and he was released. Said Tarantino: "I really think I slapped some respect into the guy." Murphy decided not to press criminal charges, but later sued Tarantino for the assault. The casewas settled out of court.
In 2010, George Clooney showed up driving a Tesla electric.
2000 saw Ago hosting the pre-Oscar party for "Cider House Rules" with celebs including Michael Caine, Lauren Holly, Tobey Maguire, Stephen Dorff, Dylan McDermott and Chloë Sevigny.
Army Acherd reported in January of 1999 that Elizabeth Taylor
and Rod Steiger
hosted "Life is Beautiful"
stars Roberto Benigni
& Nicoletta Braschi
at Ago, and during the meal their table was visited by Brooke Shields,
and Lorna Luft.
Hollywood.com reports spottings of Mark Wahlberg, Shannen Doherty, Rosanna Arquette and Sean Young.
in March of 1999, Robert De Niro
had a birthday party thrown for him at Ago, with guests including “Analyze
This” costar Billy Crystal.
open seven days a week for dinner, and weekdays for lunch. Prices are high.
Service can be rushed.
Getting there: Ago is located on south side of Melrose Avenue, one half block east of La Cienega, about a half mile northeast of the Beverly Center mall.
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