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Best Italian Restaurants in Los Angeles

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Maccheroni Republic

Maccheroni Republic is a casual Italian restaurant that offers diners a taste of traditional Italian cuisine that is simple, yet delicious. The menu is composed of antipasti, salads and homemade pastas, served alongside daily specials and desserts. The Polpettine di Gamberi - crispy fried shrimp cakes, the handmade Gnocchi, Squid-ink Pasta with Saffron Salmon Ragù and Linguine Al Frutti di Mare, are just a few of the many delicacies on offer. Simple, hearty and unpretentious, the food at Maccheroni Republic is served, as it should be, with a healthy dose of Italian hospitality and warmth.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Drago Centro

This is the latest restaurant by Chef/Owner Celestino Drago. The menu features modernized Italian cuisine that stays true to tradition but fits seamlessly into modern, urban Los Angeles. The décor combines contemporary design and clean lines with Italian colors and textures, creating an elegant yet comfortable ambiance that includes a fifteen-foot tall glass enclosed wine tower. For dinner, try the tagliolini estivi con granceola (Dungeness crab tagliolini), or the guanciale di vitella (braised veal cheeks). There are many different pasta dishes and vegetarian options, a tempting dessert menu, and a huge wine list with a nice selection of wines by the glass.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Bottega Louie

Bottega Louie brings European panache to the streets of LA with a delicious contemporary Italian menu. Opt for the Farmers Market Breakfast at their weekend brunch, a platter of poached eggs, vegetables and parmesan, or relish small plates of raspberry beignets or portobello fries. Complement your meal with something from their extensive beverage list; flavored soda, beer, juices, lattes or heady cocktails to name a few. The sprawling high-beamed space is decorated with crisp white walls and marble counter tops for a classy, East Coast feel, and exudes an understated elegance. Head to the deli for food to go, as well as inspiration to experiment in your own kitchen.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Bestia

Bestia is a labor of love for the husband and wife duo, Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, who not only own this Italian establishment, but also serve as the executive and pastry chefs. Tucked away in downtown Los Angeles, Bestia is known for its exquisite home-cooked multi-regional Italian fare like their charcuterie, Neapolitan style pizzas, and bread baked in their wood burning oven. The industrial like space features subway tiles, exposed brick walls, vaulted ceilings, and exposed light bulb pendants casting a warm glow. The menu offers ample choices with mouth-watering options like the chicken liver toast, carrot strozzapreti with rabbit ragu and zeppole with coffee ice cream and whipped cream for dessert.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Osteria Mozza

Osteria Mozza, sibling of the Pizzeria Mozza, is an upscale Italian ristorante and bar in the heart of Hollywood. Tinseltown's rich and famous have been flocking in to taste their delectable entrees and antipasti options. For the cheese lover, the mozzarella bar is a must, as it serves up an assortment of delicious mozzarella-inspired delights. For those looking for a rich and hearty meal, check out the main menu which includes items like grilled lamb, wild salmon and a variety of delicious pastas. With all the hype and the great food to match, this place will surely have you yelling Mama Mia! before you've even cleared your plate.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Chi Spacca

Chi Spacca literally means 'to chop' or 'to cleave'. This Italian eatery provides an intimate dining experience for a very discerning clientele. With a cozy atmosphere and an open kitchen, Chi Spacca hits all the right notes. Especially notable are their house cured charcuterie selection. Perfect for a romantic meal, notable items on the menu include braised lamb neck and beef and bone marrow pot pie. While reservations are highly recommended, as they seat only 30, walk-ins are accepted if there is space available.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Angelini Osteria

Angelini Osteria is run by super chef Gino Angelini who Times Magazine described as, “hands down, the best Italian chef in LA”. Osteria is his brainchild. Come in to try the weekly specials like the Porchetta Leg of Pork Roasted in the Wood Oven on Saturday or try the sublime Rosie Organic Half Chicken alla Diavola or the Breaded Veal Chop alla Milanese with Fritto of Zucchini and Eggplant. At lunch time, choose from a number of pizza toppings including the delicious Prosciutto and Mushroom. Dessert is a real treat here with a Glass of Mascarpone with Crumbled Amaretti Cookies, Espresso and Brandy or be a bit more adventurous and try the traditional Ice Cream Affogato Gelato Drowned in a Shot of Espresso.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Casa Bianca

Since opening over 50 years ago, Casa Bianca has been a local favorite. The walls are covered with memorabilia, from autographed head-shots of no-name celebrities to Italian artifacts. Casa Bianca draws in families, couples, professionals, hipsters and anyone else within a 10-mile radius. The pizzeria is cozy, upbeat and casual. The pizza is the best item on the menu. They offer traditional toppings, like pepperoni and adventurous ones, like eggplant. Some nights you may even wait over an hour, but it's worth it. After the meal you'll understand why night after night the line is out the door.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Il Cielo

Il Cielo is a beautiful Italian restaurant where you can enjoy a flavorful dinner with your loved one. The warm fireplace, dim lights and intimate ambience make it a perfect spot for some lovely romantic memories. Enjoy the fine spread of the tasty Tuscan cuisine in the glow of candle-lights and with rose petals strewn on the table. Dine outside to enjoy the fine weather. Private rooms for banquets are also offered.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Culina

Located in the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel of Beverly Hills, Culina attracts foodies, hotel guests and sundry diners with its beautiful spacious patio with lounge-style seating and hushed leisurely vibe and of course its delectable cuisine. The preparation here largely leans on the authentic Mediterranean philosophy of using only the finest, freshest ingredients and flash-cooking them with the kind of briskness that preserves the original flavors and nutrients. Whether it's beef, poultry or seafood, you will be able to relish the native succulence, unhindered by heavy sauces and prolonged cooking. A selection of market-fresh salads is there to cleanse and prep your palate whereas the sophisticated desserts round off this fine gourmet venture.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Dan Tana's

Dan Tana was a refugee from Yugoslavia and started as a lowly dishwasher who later went on to own the place. This was nearly 50 years ago! His is one of the finest restaurants in the United States. It may not be the swankiest but the ambiance is friendly and exciting at the same time. Located in West Hollywood, a few steps from Beverly Hills, Dan Tana's has a democratic mix of Hollywood's high, low and in-between. Longtime established stars like Peter Falk and Karl Malden may be seen along with newer celebs like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Drew Barrymore!

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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E. Baldi

E. Baldi opened in 2006, and has minimalist decor with a large window that overlooks Canon Drive. This is a popular place among the rich and famous- be sure to bring your blasé attitude and deep pockets. The menu boasts of Tuscan delicacies like carpaccio misto di mare, veal roast with rosemary and sage, and gnocchi with lobster. The budino pandoro, a warm bread pudding, that is served is a traditional Italian way to please the sweet tooth.

Beverly Hills, CA, United States
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