Los Angeles Restaurants

Angelini Osteria

One of L.A.’s premier Italian restaurants. Chef-owner Gino Angelini demonstrates remarkable range and finesse, from sea-salt-crusted whole branzino to the heavenly lasagna in herb sauce recipe he inherited from his…

Bestia

Tucked into an old factory in the burgeoning downtown Arts District, Bestia has overcome its location to become one of the city’s hottest restaurants. Chef Ori Menashe, a Gino Angelini…

Bottega Louie

This palatial Italian restaurant, decked out in minimalist white marble, is a hip, noisy hall where young professionals and downtown hipsters convene over brick-oven-cooked pizzas and share small plates of…

Cecconi’s

This London-based restaurant caters to a well-heeled clientele that comes to schmooze over bellinis and ciccheti (small plates). Pastas including a butternut squash and goat-cheese tortelli and seafood such as…

Cicada

This art deco jewel is a perfect special-occasion spot. Diners enter through magnificent Lalique doors into a room with gold-leaf ceilings and a grand staircase. The modern Italian cooking includes…

Culina

Culina

A contemporary take on regional Italian cuisine is the theme at Culina, where ample coastal inspirations are evident on the menu. The modern design includes a sleek crudo bar. B…

Gusto

Former Culina chef Victor Casanova opens an intimate neighborhood ristorante with a look and feel reminiscent of his native Bronx. Dishes such as polpette (pork meatballs) plated over chilled whipped…

La Vecchia Cucina

Rustic northern Italian in a laid-back bistro. More than a dozen pastas for dinner, plus pizzas, osso buco alla Romana and other traditional favorites.

Louise’s Trattoria

An L.A. favorite since 1978, Louise’s Trattoria delivers Italian cooking with a whimsical California flair. Its three locations are in Larchmont Village, Santa Monica and West L.A. L, D (daily).

Matteo’s

An old favorite of the Rat Pack endures. Classic dishes include mussels in white wine and osso buco Milanese. D (Tu-Su).

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