Giorgio Baldi will never have to do P.R. again.
Reservations at Giorgio Baldi just got way harder to get—unless, of course, you’re Drake. The rapper just name dropped the L.A. restaurant in his new track "Diplomatic Immunity." (It’s no secret that he and former flame Rihanna were fans of the place, but still.) The song was released this past Friday along with another track, "God's Plan," as a prelude to his upcoming EP, Scary Hours. He also mentions J.Lo in the same song, confirming rumors that they actually were a thing. Twitter, of course, is going insane.
To dissect the Rihanna lyric first: “Caterin' is from Giorgio Baldi, Robyn's favorite / Shit is nice, but I prefer Madeo / Calamari rings and tomato.” Robyn, is, of course Rihanna; her real name is Robyn Fenty. It’s also no secret that Giorgio is a favorite of Rihanna’s—the super fancy, beach-adjacent restaurant is probably better known for its celeb clientele than its Italian fare. (Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Gwyneth Paltrow and loads of other A-listers have also been spotted there.)
Rihanna and Giorgio go way back. She loved the red wine there so much she carried her glass out with her in 2015. The year before, she and Drake were spotted in the restaurant’s private room, one of the earlier appearances of the on-again, off-again couple/friends/collaborators.
Rihanna’s a fan of the spaghetti pomodoro with basil, gnocchi and ravioli—and has been known to get half orders of all three. That’s our girl. (For just $19 sans tax and tip, you too can eat like Rihanna. That’s how much the gnocchi al vostro is, and it comes with either a meat sauce or light, creamy gorgonzola sauce.)
“Legit, I have been in the gym every day this week because I am not willing to give up my food,” she told Vogue in 2015. “But I will sacrifice an hour for the gym.”
Drake’s fancy Italian restaurant of choice, on the other hand, is Madeo. It’s in L.A.’s West Hollywood neighborhood—WeHo for short—and is probably also better known for its clientele than its cuisine. You, too, can eat like Drake for about $20: the Calamari Affogati appetizer he references is one of the most popular at the restaurant, and is a sautéed, not deep fried, calamari in a lighter tomato sauce.
The Toronto rapper’s affiliation with food actually goes beyond casual lyric mentions—he has his own whiskey brand, Virginia Black, and is also a main investor in NYC-originating concept MatchaBar.