Colori Kitchen


Smack next door to the Golden Gopher, chef Luigi Barducci Contessi (formerly of Ca’Brea) works a menu of traditional pastas, top-heavy salads, and sauce-drenched proteins at this family-owned neighborhood favorite. Thin strips of eggplant get a blanket of mozzarella in the eggplantmelanzane. Both spaghetti and clams are cooked to their prime in thespaghetti alle vongole, andrigatone alla bolognese packs a light punch. We love the simple tiramisu—if our mom were Italian, it would taste just like the one she used to make. The brick walls play host to photography exhibits, the staff boast authentic Italian accents, and the entrées range from $11 to $17. What’s not to like? » 429 W. 8th St. (213-622-5950). L Mon.-Fri.; D Wed.-Sat. BYOB. Italian     $