Mangia Bene at L.A.'s Best Italian Eateries

The best Italian restaurants in Los Angeles are as different as the country that inspired them. From the hugely acclaimed Valentino, the Santa Monica landmark that focuses on cuisine from Sicily, to Cecconi's, the Tuscan hotspot in West Hollywood or the Neapolitan-influenced (and award-winning) Pizzeria Mozza in Hancock Park overseen by Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton, there are plenty of wonderful chances around L.A. to try cuisine from all parts of La Bella Italia. Locanda del Lago consistently serves up world-class Northern Italian fare from the Lake Country region, prepared by Chef Gianfranco Minuz, a Venetian native whose work over the years has consistently received Michelin star honors, both in Italy and California. Meanwhile, since 2001 Chef Gino Angelini of Angelini Osteria has been concocting specialties from the Emilia Romagna region (where he was born) at that restaurant in the Fairfax District near the Grove Shopping Center, also to much acclaim. Many of L.A.'s top ten Italian places have one thing in common: their wine cellars and by-the-glass offerings are almost as important to them as the food they serve. Valentino's cellar alone is a wonder, filled with over 100,000 bottles of wine from Italy, France, America and other top wine regions worldwide; reading that list is an oenophile's delight. But every place on this list takes pride in pairing the perfect wine with each of their unique culinary offerings.

Cecconi's is an Italian place with an inside track to L.A.'s the rich and famous, since it is the sister restaurant to the private club SoHo House (there's one in London, too, where SoHo House began). That means you're very likely to see movie...  Read More

Tra di Noi
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Tra di Noi, the traditional Italian restaurant located in the Malibu Country Mart shopping center, has been drawing locals and visitors since 1991. Tra di Noi means "between us," a name chosen by co-owners Antonio Alessi and Tarcisio Mosconi to...  Read More

The Factory Kitchen
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The Factory Kitchen is a Northern Italian eatery from chef Angelo Auriana and Matteo Ferdinandi, whose past stints at Valentino and Drago Central prepared them for starting their own place. Here, they have made it all about the pasta. Of course,...  Read More

Masa of Echo Park Bakery & Cafe
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Masa of Echo Park Bakery & Cafe doesn't exactly sound like a pizza place, but it is their Chicago Deep Dish that has made them famous throughout Los Angeles. This family-run restaurant bakes the pizza dough fresh every day, uses locally...  Read More

Culina at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
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Culina - Modern Italian is a sleek, inviting space located inside the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, helmed by Food Network's "Chef Wanted" culinary star Mette Williams. She brings a deft hand to this menu filled with modern Italian taste...  Read More

At Pizzeria Mozza, it's all about the crust. For when Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali teamed up with restaurateur Joe Bastianich to launch this notable pizzeria in 2006, they based everything on Silverton's skill as a baker, and the rest is...  Read More

Locanda Del Lago
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Locando del Lago, or "Lago Santa Monica" as the locals call it, has been a mainstay of that beach community since it opened in 1991. Located just steps from the sand and right on the Third Street Promenade, Lago draws first-time tourists as well...  Read More

Angelini Osteria

Angelini Osteria handsomely recreates the fabled osterias of prewar Italy, relaxed meeting places where locals socialized over simple yet luscious meals and carafes of wine. At Angelini, the delectable lasagna verde, an homage to Chef-Owner Gino...  Read More

West Los Angeles

For over 40 years, Piero Selvaggio's award-winning Valentino has provided not only excellent Italian cuisine with a Sicilian bent, but also impeccable service and a vast wine list. The famed wine list has over 1200 choices, located in a cellar...  Read More


Meet Jenny Peters

Jenny Peters – aka Jet Set Jen – is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, editor and party columnist specializing in travel, entertainment, film, food, wine, fashion and the other good...  More About Jenny

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