Restaurants

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 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 Santa Monica

Milo & Olive

We love this place for its small-batch wines, incredible pizzas, terrific breakfasts (creamy polenta and poached eggs anyone?), breads and pastries, all of which you may enjoy at the marble bar or shoulder to should…
Italian in San Fernando Valley

Vitello's

This sophisticated spot with brick and black-mottled walls has been in business since 1964 thanks to dishes such as chicken penne, branzino filet, plenty of pastas and hearty dinners like double-bone pork chops and …
Italian in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Pump

It's a veritable scene at the crossroads of WeHo, where reality TV's Vanderpump Rules star Lisa Vanderpump has opened this showplace. There's always a buzz around the gorgeous, twinkly-lit bar and plush, garden-styl…
Italian in Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

Tasting Kitchen

From the salt-roasted branzino, to the porcini-crusted hangar steak, to the burger and the quail, it's all very good here. The pastas are especially good (that bucatini is a gift from the gods), as are the cocktails…