Restaurants

Top Choice Italian in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Cotogna

Chef-owner Michael Tusk racks up James Beard Awards for a quintessentially Italian culinary balancing act: he strikes ideal proportions among a few pristine flavors in rustic pastas, woodfired pizzas and salt-cruste…
Top Choice Italian in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Union

A cheerful, sophisticated energy animates James Beard–nominated chef Bruce Kalman's restaurant, offering California interpretations of northern Italian cuisine. The menu changes daily, but standards include pork mea…
Top Choice Italian in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Officine Brera

Hidden down a seemingly barren street is this stylish northern Italian restaurant, an expansive industrial space with rustic wooden accents. Stacked logs fuel beautiful wood-fired dishes such as chestnut-egg pasta w…
Top Choice Italian in Yountville

Ciccio

The small, frequently changing menu at this family-owned Italian place is dependent on the season and likely to include just a couple of veggies, pastas, meat options and four to six wood-fired pizzas. But wow! You …
Top Choice Italian in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Seven Hills

Anthony Florian studied with great chefs of California and Italy, and he's expert at taking several seasonal ingredients and making them shine. His short, market-driven menu features house-made pastas with elements …
Top Choice Italian in Silver Lake & Echo Park

Kettle Black

Kettle Black belongs to the new Silver Lake guard, a dark, stylish cocktail bar-restaurant with fashionable diners, communal bar tables and a dizzying back bar lined with clued-in craft spirits. The wood-fired oven …
Top Choice Italian in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Maccheroni Republic

Tucked away on a still ungentrified corner is this gem with a leafy heated patio and tremendous Italian slow-cooked food. Don't miss the polpettine di gamberi (flattened ground shrimp cakes fried in olive oil), and …
Top Choice Italian in Hollywood

Osteria & Pizzeria Mozza

Osteria Mozza crafts fine cuisine from market-fresh, seasonal ingredients, but being a Mario Batali joint, you can expect adventure – think squid-ink chitarra freddi with Dungeness crab, sea urchin and jalapeño – an…
Top Choice Italian in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Bestia

Years on, this loud, buzzing, industrial dining space remains the most-sought-after reservation in town (book at least a week ahead). The draw remains its clever, produce-driven takes on Italian flavors, from charre…
Top Choice Italian in North Beach & Chinatown

Tosca Cafe

When this historic North Beach speakeasy was nearly evicted in 2012, devotees like Sean Penn, Robert De Niro and Johnny Depp rallied, and New York star chef April Bloomfield took over. Now the 1930s murals and red-l…