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.