25 Best Italian Restaurants in Los Angeles
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Whether you are craving a quick slice of pizza, a hearty plate of spaghetti and meatballs with chunky garlic bread, or a sharing platter of delicious antipasti of meats and cheeses, Los Angeles has an abundance of regional and high-end Italian restaurants that cater to every need. There are places that offer a traditional "Lady and the Tramp" experience as well as high-end upscale eateries that serve modern Italian fare with a twist. Whatever your fancy, here are some of the top Italian restaurants in and around the city to choose from.

»Bottega Louie

Bottega Louie


Bottega Louie is an Italian restaurant, gourmet market, and French patisserie/café located on the ground floor of the Brockman Building on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Renowned for its inviting open kitchen where diners can watch the chefs at work, Bottega Louie offers a creative menu of authentic Italian fare ranging from freshly prepared salads, small plates, and wood-fired pizza to house-made pasta, fresh seafood, and prime meat dishes. The eatery also runs a gourmet market where patrons can buy local and imported foods, including dry pasta, pasta sauces, preserves, confections, and chocolates. The French patisserie/café section of the eatery serves a mouthwatering array of freshly baked pastries and sweet treats along with coffee, tea, and other beverages.

700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017, website, Phone: 213-802-1470 Photo: Bottega Louie

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»Drago Centro

Drago Centro


Chef Celestino Drago's contemporary Italian eatery Drago Centro offers innovative twists to authentic Italian dishes in a favorite downtown locale. A go-to spot for power lunches, this 9,500-square foot restaurant has stylish modern décor, an open-plan kitchen, private dining rooms for special occasions, and a demonstration kitchen. Chef Celestino Drago offers a menu of classic Italian cuisine with a contemporary flair with lunch and dinner menus featuring a broad range of options such as freshly made pasta of different shapes and sizes, freshly caused seafood, succulent steaks, and elegant desserts. Signature dishes include mushroom and ricotta ravioli, pheasant, and morel-adorned pappardelle, and an innovative chili foam-topped seafood cappuccino.

525 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071, website, Phone: 213-228-8998 Photo: photopitu/Fotolia

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»Vincenti

Vincenti

While the sleepy neighborhood of Brentwood's San Vicente Boulevard is packed with Italian eateries, the refurbished trattoria of Vincenti remains one of the best Italian spots to dine on the Westside. Managed by Maureen Vincenti and Chef Nicola Mastronardi for the past 20 years, Vincenti stands out of the crowd with a menu of creative Italian dishes such as house-made Taglioni with Manila clams and zucchini and Tripe Alla Parmigiana with black truffles. Using Old World ingredients to re-create the incredible tastes and flavors of Italy, Vincenti has a menu that includes New York steak, house-made pork sausage, and braised veal tripe. Open every day except Sunday for lunch and dinner, Vincenti serves pizza on Mondays and a Happy Hour every evening.

11930 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049, website, Phone: 310-207-0127 Photo: Vincenti

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»Vespaio

Vespaio


Located in the Emerson, Vespaio is Chef Agostino Sciandri's newest restaurant that serves Tuscan-style Italian fare in a casual, elegant setting. Boasting dark leather couches and multi-colored glass fixtures, the restaurant exudes an ambiance akin to that of a '60s yacht with more 5,500 square feet of space. The eatery is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week as well as weekend brunch and serves an array of classic and traditional Italian fare, including wood-fired pizzas with delicious toppings, creamy pasta and sauces, and tender Wagyu steaks. Palate-cleansing, snow-capped shot glasses of lemon sorbet are served in between courses, and a hand-curated list of fine wines accompanies the exceptional cuisine.

225 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012, website, Phone: 213-221-7244, Fax: 213-278-0047 Photo: Vespaio

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»Andre's Restaurant

Andre's Restaurant

Based in the Whole Foods / Kmart Shopping Center, Andre's Restaurant is a family-friendly eatery that has been serving loyal patrons and visitors alike for more than 54 years. This no-frills restaurant offers traditional Italian fare such as wood-fired pizzas with a variety of toppings, freshly prepared salads, chunky garlic bread, hearty entrees, and mouth-watering desserts. Classic dishes include Lasagna, Spaghetti Bolognese, meatballs and sauce, and veal parmigiana with ravioli, while lighter meals include Italian sandwiches, minestrone, and Italian rice pilaf. Andre's Restaurant offers daily specials throughout the week, as well as a selection of beverages and libations.

6332 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90036, website, Phone: 323-935-1246 Photo: Andre's Restaurant

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»Angelini Osteria

Angelini Osteria


Renowned as the city's most beloved Italian institution, Angelini Osteria is a classic Italian eatery that has been serving loyal patrons for more than ten years. Owned by Gino Angelini, who brings the tastes of his home region of Emilia-Romagna to the tables, Angelini Osteria presents a menu that is packed with traditional Italian fare and delicious signature dishes such as lasagna verde, veal chop Milanese, and wood-fired Dover sole. Other delectable plates include salt-crusted and whole roasted branzino and the Saturday-only porchetta stuffed with garlic and herbs. Add to that charming professional waiters and a timeless Italian ambiance, and you have an Italian dining experience like no other.

7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, website, Phone: 323-297-0070 Photo: Angelini Osteria

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»Bestia

Bestia


Set in a contemporary industrial-chic space on the ground floor of a loft building on the edge of the Arts District, Bestia is one of L.A.'s few true perennial hot spots. Making waves in the dining scene, this downtown newbie presents a winning formula of traditional Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist along with perfectly crafted cocktails and unusual wines. The menu features classics such as wood-fired pizzas and mouthwatering house-made pasta as well as specialty dishes like braised beef cheek-filled agnolotti, chicken gizzards with roasted beets and Belgian endive, and slow-roasted lamb neck with hazelnuts and salsa verde. The cuisine is accompanied by a stellar cocktail menu and a wine list featuring easy drinking wines to lesser-known labels.

2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021, website, Phone: 213-514-5724 Photo: Bestia

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»Colori Kitchen

Colori Kitchen


Colori Kitchen is a small, unpretentious neighborhood restaurant that serves traditional Italian fare in a casual, cozy atmosphere. Located in in a petite storefront in downtown Eighth Street's historic district, Colori Kitchen features brightly colored walls and artworks that exude a typical trattoria ambiance. Wooden tables and chairs, an airy open kitchen, and a deli-style counter all add to the Italian country style dining appeal of the eatery, which serves a menu of authentic dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccine alfredo, filet of sole, and chicken in mustard sauce. The menu also features fresh fish and seafood, various salads, and sweet desserts.

429 W 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014, website, Phone: 213-622-5950, Fax 213-623-1530 Photo: Colori Kitchen

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»Gusto

Gusto


Gusto is an award-winning restaurant located on West 3rd Street between Orlando and La Cienega. Chef Vic Casanova serves a creative menu of bold, inventive Italian cuisine that incorporates fresh, locally sourced free-range ingredients accompanied by an original collection of small, artisanal vintners from around Italy. You'll find big flavors and subtle accents, and the menu features dishes such as bucatini carbonara with pancetta, tagliatelle verde tossed with lamb neck ragu, and the all-time favorite of linguine with crab, zucchini pickled Fresno chilies, and sea urchin sauce. Desserts include a decadent chocolate budino and toasted coconut gelato pie - the perfect end to a perfect meal.

8432 West 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048, website, Phone: 323-782-1778 Photo: Gusto

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»Jon & Vinny's

Jon & Vinny's


Once a dingy Fairfax Village pizzeria that was transformed into a family-friendly Italian-American restaurant by Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Jon & Vinny's epitomizes the fun of food and pop culture. Located across the street from the team's flagship restaurant Animal, Jon & Vinny's has a menu of classic Italian dishes for every taste from crave-worthy crusty pizzas and house-made pasta dishes to spaghetti and meatballs and Straus soft serve ice cream for dessert. Touches of L.A. modernism can be found in the marinated Calabrian tuna bruschetta with crunchy mirepoix and breakfast delights include a hearty BLT and breakfast pizza. A wine shop in the back of the restaurant offers a small, curated selection of fine wines that can be purchased and home delivered.

412 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, website, Phone: 323-334-3369 Photo: Jon & Vinny's

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»Little Dom's

Little Dom's


Located in the heart of the Los Feliz neighborhood on one of L.A.'s most pedestrian friendly streets, Little Dom's exudes a laid-back and dynamic ambiance. The restaurant features a vintage wooden bar that serves handcrafted cocktails and other libations and beautiful leaded glass windows that cast a soft lavender hue over the interiors of the eatery. Leather seats and white marble tabletops create an American bistro-like feel, while the upstairs dining room features retro Hollywood décor and quirky black and white photos and artworks. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, diners can enjoy al fresco dining on the sidewalk on warm sunny days, and the nearby deli provides a variety of Italian and other imported foods, confections, and beverages.

2128 Hillhurst Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027, website, Phone: 323-661-0055, Fax: 323-661-0066 Photo: Little Dom's

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»Maccheroni Republic

Maccheroni Republic


The Maccheroni Republic is an Italian restaurant that specializes in handmade pasta, which is crafted in-house every day using organic flour and organic semolina. Tucked between the Financial District and Little Tokyo, the Maccheroni Republic is a first come, first served restaurant that offers a variety of organic pasta dishes, including Trippa Dello Chef (beef tripe pasta in a light tomato sauce and topped with pecorino cheese) and Cuffie Al Nero Di Sepia (squid ink pasta with a saffron fish ragout). Appetizers range from Bruschetta di Panzanella to Polpettine di Gamberi, and desserts include cannoli, tiramisu, ricotta cheesecake, and a creamy mascarpone flan.

332 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, website, Phone: 213-346-9725 Photo: Maccheroni Republic

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»Osteria Mozza

Osteria Mozza

Osteria Mozza is part of a trio of restaurants (Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, and Chi Spacca) created by Nancy Silverton, Joe Bastianich, and Mario Batali that have taken the LA dining scene by storm. The grandest of the three, Osteria Mozza offers a variety of dining experiences from sipping Amaro at the amaro bar or tasting creamy buffalo mozzarella at the mozzarella bar to indulging in mouthwatering pasta and intensely flavored meat dishes in the main restaurant. Exceptional small plates range from spongy Buffalo with lemon bagna cauda and umami-rich bottarga to stuffed burrata with a leek vinaigrette and breadcrumbs, while antipasti dishes include grilled octopus dressed in lemon, celery, and potatoes. Desserts are to die for…don't miss the seasonal gelati and Grandma's torta della nonna. A comprehensive wine list offers fine wines to pair with the outstanding cuisine.

6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038, website, Phone: 323-297-0100 Photo: Osteria Mozza

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»Pizzeria Mozza

Pizzeria Mozza

Part of the Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, Silverton's Mozza Group, which includes Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, and Chi Spacca, Pizzeria Mozza is renowned for being one of the best pizzerias in the country. Pies are lovingly crafted from Silverton's now-famous dough and decorated with sun-ripened Italian and Californian ingredients such as tomatoes, artichokes, mushrooms, and arugula. The menu features antipasti of fried squash blossoms with ricotta, asparagus al Forno with speck and Parmigiano, and marinated baby peppers with tuna. Daily specials include Eggplant Parmigiana, Crispy Duck Leg with Umbrian lentils, and Calamari Fritti with green goddess and Yukon baker.

641 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, website, Phone: 323-297-0101 Photo: Pizzeria Mozza

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»Terroni

Terroni

Boasting two locations in downtown Los Angeles and West Hollywood, Terroni is a casual Italian restaurant that serves a daily menu of traditional southern Italian fare along with an impressive array of specialty cocktails and fine wines. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, Terroni has a menu of freshly made salads, wood-fired pizzas, house-made pasta, and meat, fish, and chicken dishes. Signature plates include Prosciutto d'Anatra e Burrata, Tagliolini in Canna a Mare, and Linguine Alle Vongole e Bottarga.

802 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90036, website, Phone: 213-221-7234 Photo: bit24/Fotolia

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»The Factory Kitchen

The Factory Kitchen

The Factory Kitchen is an industrial chic dining destination in Downtown LA's Arts District that serves excellent Northern Italian fare and easy drinking wines. Tucked away on a side street and noticeable only by red neon signage, this cozy bistro-style eatery is packed to the brim with diners who return time and again for out-of-this-world pasta and other delectable dishes. Signature plates include mandilli di seta (a Ligurian almond basil pesto tossed handkerchief pasta), freshly baked focaccia calda di recco filled with Crescenza cheese, and pappardelle smothered in a hearty duck ragu. While the dessert list is short, the cannoli is worth the wait, and there is a handcrafted cocktail menu along with more classic libations.

1300 Factory Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013, website, Phone: 213-996-6000 Photo: The Factory Kitchen

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»Locanda Veneta

Locanda Veneta


Locanda Veneta is a charming white-tablecloth Italian restaurant specializing in cuisine from Venice and the surrounding region. Hailed as one of LA's best Italian restaurants, Locanda Veneta takes diners on a culinary journey to Venice with dishes such as spinach and ricotta cheese gnocchi, wild mushroom risotto, wild mushroom risotto, and a variety of pasta, meat, and fish dishes, all prepared with simple and fresh locally sourced ingredients. The interiors of the restaurant are cozy and inviting and often dotted with celebs, and the wine list is extensive with an array of easy drinking Italian wines as well as lesser-known vintages from France and California and around the world.

8638 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048, website, Phone: 310-274-1893 Photo: Locanda Veneta

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»Matteo's

Matteo's

Hailing from Salerno in Italy, Chef Antonio Orlando has been serving discerning diners an array of multi-regional Italian cuisine in Los Angeles for more than 40 years. Boasting an unpretentious ambiance with cozy booths as well as an elegant lounge and bar for pre- and post-dinner drinks, Matteo's is an iconic Old Hollywood hangout with a swanky setting and a retro vibe. Exuding a hip, contemporary atmosphere akin to that of a supper club, complete with tuxedoed waiters and a menu featuring Italian classics such as Lasagna Della Nonna, Eggplant Parmigiana, and Osso Buco Milanese. Signature dishes and chef's specialties include Filetto Radicchio Gorgonzola (grilled filet mignon topped with radicchio and gorgonzola in a red wine sauce) and Costoletta Siciliana (pan-fried free-range crumbed veal chops topped with garlic, capers, and white wine).

2321 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064, website, Phone: 310-474-1109 Photo: exclusive-design/Fotolia

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»Maximiliano

Maximiliano


Located on the corner of Aldama Street and York Boulevard in Highland Park, Maximiliano is a friendly, neighborhood Italian-American restaurant and pizzeria where "old school" Italian cuisine meets new age culinary techniques. Decked out in hues of red, green, and white, the restaurant is playfully adorned with oversized strands of spaghetti proclaiming the eatery as a pasta king, while a porous green soffit hangs over the bar and kitchen creating a soft, natural light. Enjoy one of seven Craftsman beers on draught at the softly buffed stainless steel bar before tucking into classic Italian fares such as thin-based, wood-fired Margherita Pizza, and hearty pasta dishes. Pair the delicious food with a bottle of wine from an extensive list of small-batch Italian-only wine.

5930 York Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90042, website, Phone: 323-739-6125 Photo: Maximiliano

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»Obica Mozzarella Bar Pizza e Cucina

Obica Mozzarella Bar Pizza e Cucina

Obicà Mozzarella Bar Pizza e Cucina is a friendly Italian bistro with a warm, welcoming atmosphere and bright, bold interiors. Obicà offers a contemporary Italian dining experience focused around the freshest buffalo mozzarella from Italy as well as fresh homemade pasta, rich regional dishes of meat, chicken, and fish, and other authentic products from Italy's heritage. Meals are prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and farm-to-table fare, as well as a curated selection of artisanal specialties. The delectable cuisine is paired with a curated selection of fine wines from around the world, along with craft and imported beers and soft drinks.

928 Broadway, New York, NY 10010, website, Phone: 212-777-2754 Photo: Obica Mozzarella Bar Pizza e Cucina

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»Olive Bistro & Catering

Olive Bistro & Catering


Olive Bistro Catering is an authentic Italian restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles that boasts a casual, welcoming European-like setting where you can enjoy unsurpassed Italian cuisine. Tucked away in the back alley of a building on Olive Street, Olive Bistro Catering features warm, gold-hued walls and comfortable seating with a covered patio for alfresco dining. Patrons can dine on casual Italian fare with contemporary twists such as spicy meatballs in a marinara sauce, melanzane parmigiana, and antipasto misto, along with a selection of fine wines, beers, and other beverages.

619 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014, website, Phone: 213-327-186 Photo: Olive Bistro & Catering

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»Skylight Gardens

Skylight Gardens


Located in a historic red brick building at the corner of Glendon Avenue and Lindbrook Drive in Westwood, Skylight Gardens offers a comprehensive menu of classic Italian and Californian cuisine and beverages from the full-service bar. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, the casual restaurant presents a range of small plates and antipasti platters, hearty entrées of meat, chicken and fish dishes, house-made pasta plates with thick, creamy sauces, and farm fresh organic produce for salads and vegetable sides. Desserts include sweet delights such as cre`me bru^le´e, Cioccolatissimo chocolate cake, Tiramisu, and Vanilla Semifreddo, all of which can be enjoyed with freshly ground coffee at the end of the meal.

1139 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024, website, Phone: 310-824-1818 Photo: Maren Winter/Fotolia

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»Sprazzo Cucina Italiana

Sprazzo Cucina Italiana


Sprazzo Cucina is a cozy Italian eatery on Westwood Boulevard offering a menu of traditional multi-regional Italian cuisine and an extensive wine list in comfortable surroundings. The romantic hues of Tuscany are highlighted in the elegant, yet casual, dining room, while the subtle flavors and rich aromas of the cuisine flow through the dining area to complete the scene. The menu features authentic dishes from all regions of Italy, including fresh seafood selections, homemade gnocchi and ravioli, freshly baked bread, and delicious desserts. Daily chef's specials are offered throughout the week accompanied by the restaurant's unique Sprazzo Cinelli Riserva Balsamic vinegar, and the cuisine is paired with award-winning wines from a selection of more than 250 vintages.

1389 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024, website, Phone: 310-479-3337 Photo: Sprazzo Cucina Italiana

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»THE SIT-DOWN

THE SIT-DOWN


The Sit-Down is a casual Italian eatery that serves simple, seasonal farm-to-table fare. The menu features a range of wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas, fresh house-made pasta with a variety of sauces, freshly prepared salads, and antipasto platters. Fresh seafood and fish dishes include Cioppino (calamari, shrimp, clams, mussels, wine tomato broth), linguine with clams in a white wine sauce, and shrimp scampi with capellini. The Sit-Down also serves an impressive menu of fine wines, beers, and other libations, and patrons can dine on the beautiful hidden back patio in the warm summer months.

4518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, website Photo: THE SIT-DOWN

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»Trattoria 25

Trattoria 25

Tratorria 25 is a chef/owner-operated café in Santa Fe Avenue that serves sophisticated Italian fare for lunch and dinner in an elegant setting. Trattoria 25 offers a taste of fine Italian cuisine, including a variety of homemade favorites such as Spaghetti Alla Bolognese, Ossobucco di Vitello, and the signature Bigoletti al Frutti di Mare, spaghetti in a light tomato sauce with lobster tails, crab cakes, Manila clams, and shrimp. The menu features several pizza choices, and risotto dishes and decadent desserts include Tortino Alla Veneziana (a light homemade ricotta cheesecake), Crème Brûlée (baked vanilla cream custard tope with caramelized sugar), and a classic Tiramisu (lady fingers soaked in espresso coffee and layered with mascarpone cheese).

2501 Santa Fe Avenue, Vernon, CA 90058, website, Phone: 323-587-1494, Fax: 323-587-1406 Photo: andreamearell9/Fotolia

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