Guy Gabriele, of Café Pierre, was raised in the French culture by Italian parents, which may explain his award-winning contemporary cuisine and extensive wine list. The steak au poivre and filet mignon have been on the menu since the café opened in 1979. In 2002, Wine Spectator magazine presented Gabriele with its Best Award of Excellence for Outstanding Wine List in the World — an honor Café Pierre has claimed every year since.

317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach
310-545-5252
www.cafepierre.com