Italian

Locanda Veneta

8638 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

310-274-1893

This little restaurant across from Cedars-Sinai has Venetian cuisine as good as anything on the Grand Canal…

Website: http://locandaveneta.com

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Love & Salt

317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266

310-545-5252

Chef Michael Fiorelli cooks Cal-Italian food near the sand.

Website: http://loveandsaltla.com

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Maccheroni Republic

332 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90013

213-346-9725

Twenty-five years ago Jean-Louis DeMori and Antonio Tommasi opened the romantic Locanda Veneta on 3rd Street. They’ve since cut ties with the restaurant and now are attempting a more humble osteria downtown.

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Madeo Ristorante

8897 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

310-859-4903

Don’t come here for intellectually deconstructed concepts. Come here for excellent traditional Italian food.

Website: http://www.madeoristorante.com/

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Marco’s Trattoria and Pizzeria

8136 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90046

323-650-2771

It’s a modest little place in a mini-mall, with Roman trompe l’oeil on the walls and homestyle cooking in the kitchen…

Website: http://marcoswesthollywood.com

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Marino

6001 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

323-466-8812

One of the main watering holes for the powers that be at Paramount, this family-run restaurant has an enthusiastic following.

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Matteo’s

2321 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90064

310-475-4521

Matteo’s is a “joint” in the best sense of the word: Everybody knows everybody…

Website: http://matteosla.com

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Maximiliano

5930 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90042

323-739-6125

Andre Guerrero (the Oinkster) presents his take on humble red-sauce Italian American fare.

Website: http://maximilianohp.com/

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Mezzomondo Trattoria

12415 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91604

818-508-1301

This is a sweet spot with Tuscan yellow walls and Louis Prima serenading through dinner…

Website: http://mezzomondotrattoria.com

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Mi Piace Italian Kitchen and Bakery

25 E. Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91105

626-795-3131

This gregarious, light-filled 15-year-old in the heart of Old Town is busy thanks to delicious salads…

Website: http://mipiace.com

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Miceli’s

1646 N. Las Palmas Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90028

(323) 466-3438

The upstairs bar here has long been our favorite drinking hole in Hollywood—not for its handsome stained-glass windows but because of the piano perched above the dining room below

Website: http://www.micelisrestaurant.com/

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Mr. C

1224 Beverwil Dr. 90035, Los Angeles, CA, 90035

310-226-6245

The Tower Beverly Hills hotel is now Mr. C, an opulent New York transplant from the Cipriani Group, and with it comes an upscale Italian restaurant by the same name.

Website: http://www.mrchotels.com

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Obica Mozzarella Bar

10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90067

310-556-2452

This is as action packed as dairy gets. Fresh buffalo mozzarella is flown thrice weekly from Italy to LAX, where a special customs agent ensures the cheese arrives at the restaurants still dripping with cream…

Website: http://www.obikala.com/

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Oliva

4449 Van Nuys Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91403

818-789-4490

This family-friendly trattoria serves heaping plates of pasta, a generous selection of pizzas…

Website: http://olivarestaurant.com

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Orsa & Winston

122 W. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90013

213-687-0300

In this minimalist venture, chef Josef Centeno gives us his most austere yet farthest-reaching restaurant.

Website: http://orsaandwinston.com/contact.html

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Osteria La Buca

5210 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

323-462-1900

A sleek remodel has added a casual wine bar to this Melrose favorite.

Website: http://osterialabuca.com

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Osteria Mamma

5732 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90004

323-284-7060

Pasta lovers mourned last year when Filippo Cortivo and his beloved “Mam- ma” left their longtime home at Melrose’s Osteria La Buca…

Website: http://osteriamamma.com

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Osteria Mozza/Pizzeria Mozza

Osteria: 6602 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

323-297-0100

Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Nancy Silverton’s osteria and pizzeria share a street corner, but their true link is chef Matt Molina’s fearless culinary approach at both.

Website: http://mozza-la.com

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