Italian

Fritto Misto

601 Colorado Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-458-2829

Here is the very essence of the Italian café, with a wait most weekends and a feeling of cheer not often found in places so successful…

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Giorgio Baldi

114 W. Channel Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 90402

310-573-1660

This is a beloved institution in Santa Monica Canyon where locals go for authentic Italian…

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Gusto

8432 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

323-782-1778

Vic Casanova has a Bronx accent as thick as his hand-cut tonnarelli, and he works a kitchen knife as deftly as he does a celebrity-packed dining room…

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Hostaria del Piccolo

606 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-393-6633

The folks behind Venice’s upscale Piccolo Ristorante have cut loose with Hostaria del Piccolo. Wood covers the walls and ceiling and composes the tables, chairs, and benches…

Website: http://www.hostariadelpiccolo.com/page/3/home.html

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Il Capriccio on Vermont

1757 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90027

323-662-5900

The smell of garlic fills the dining room, thanks to a kitchen cooking up chicken Vesuvio…

Website: http://ilcapriccioonvermont.com

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Il Cielo

9018 Burton Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90211

310-276-9990

Pasquale Vericella’s dreamy little garden spot has been the site of many a tryst and more than a few weddings…

Website: http://ilcielo.com

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Il Forno

2901 Ocean Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90405

310-450-1241

This bustling trattoria known for big pizzas…

Website: http://ilfornocaffe.com

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Il Grano

11359 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90025

310-477-7886

The location—a trafficky stretch—is less than romantic, but the room, with butter yellow leather seats, white linens, and dark wood floors, is a haven…

Website: http://www.ilgrano.com/

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Il Moro

11400 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90064

310-575-3530

Power lunchers bored with Westwood opt for this trattoria and its breezy patio…

Website: http://ilmoro.com

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Il Pastaio

400 N. Canon Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90210

310-205-5444

Giacomino Drago’s restaurant is always good for antipasti, carpaccio, pasta, and risotto.

Website: http://celestinodrago.com

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Il Piccolino

350 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

310-659-2220

The patio is idyllic at lunchtime, with filtered sunlight, French-speaking patrons, and a mild breeze…

Website: http://www.ilpiccolinorestaurant.com/

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Il Tiramisù

13705 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91423

818-986-2640

This is the kind of place where the waiters sing happy birthday and the whole restaurant chimes in…

Website: http://il-tiramisu.com

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La Bruschetta

1621 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90024

310-477-1052

This unpretentious trattoria is a popular celeb haunt—calm yet not so much so that you feel embalmed…

Website: http://labruschettaristorante.com

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La Buca

5210 1/2 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

323-462-1900

The atmosphere’s casual, the cooking’s traditional, and it’s great for a green salad draped with burrata…

Website: http://osterialabuca.com

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La Dolce Vita

9785 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90210

310-278-1845

The lights are low, the walls are brick, and the waiters call you “Milady.”

Website: http://ladolcevitabeverlyhills.com

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La Loggia

11814 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91604

818-985-9222

The osso buco and Milanese di vitello at this bistro may be classic, but most of the cooking…

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La Scala

434 N. Canon Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90210

310-275-0579

Most of La Scala’s noontime customers show up for the famous chopped salad…

Website: http://lascalabeverlyhills.com/

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Little Dom’s

2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90027

323-661-0055

At this spin-off of the West Hollywood fixture Dominick’s, Los Feliz locals come for high-end basics with northern Italian and California influences.

Website: http://littledoms.com

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