Maccheroni Republic

Top choice italian in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

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 its range of delicious housemade pastas. Perfectly al dente, the pasta is made using organic semolina flour and served with gorgeous crusty bread to mop up the sauce.

Good lunch specials include a salad, pasta and dessert combo for $20.