It’s about time that we all start enjoying pasta again instead of worrying about the carbs. The best pasta is the authentic stuff - the fresh, handmade noodles that are made with love by some fun-loving Italians. Now, you can find Italian food on almost any corner in Los Angeles, but knowing where to find the best restaurants? That takes a bit of extra resources. Luckily for you, we’re a great resource, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best Italian food L.A. has to offer.
Address: 3343 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Neighborhood: Arlington Heights
Anyone who’s come from a large Italian family can tell you that food is the pillar of that family. Regardless of any arguments that might have rolled around over the course of the day, a big Italian family dinner is the glue that brings everyone back together when all is said and done.
If you’re looking for an Italian restaurant that truly brings something authentic to every table, you’ll want one that is family-focused - and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Pasta Sisters.
Established by a woman who grew up helping her mom cook Italian family dinners from scratch, we’re not sure it can get more authentic than this. Stop in to try some original family recipes made with fresh, homemade noodles that will have you begging for more in no time.
“The Pasta has a freshness to it that is hard to describe with words. Your tongue can taste the quality of the pasta as it blends with your choice of sauce...The texture is pleasant and addicting.” - Yelp Review
Address: 5210 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
You may be a bit confused as to why we’re calling Osteria La Buca one of the best Italian restaurants in Los Angeles when you first catch a glimpse of it, but that’s exactly why you should stick around to see what else they have.
When you first walk in, Osteria La Buca is a grocery story packed with Italian goods, which is exactly why you might scratch your head a bit at us calling it a restaurant, but they’ve also recently expanded to the building next door, where they’ll cook you up some of the same meals they sell pre-packaged at the grocery story!
All of their pastas are made fresh and by hand every single day, and one of their signature ingredients in a lot of their pasta dishes is an egg cooked over easy. Their carbonara is a fan favorite among people who frequent the restaurant!
“This place is INCREDIBLE!!! It was our first time trying them and I am so impressed. Their noodles are so fresh, you can tell they make them in house.” - Yelp Review
Address: 7313 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
If you want a new regular Italian restaurant that is truly a favorite amongst the people, Angelini Osteria is so popular that it has actually paved the way for many of the other Italian restaurants that have popped up around Los Angeles with its original twists on some traditional favorites.
Angelini Osteria, founded by Gino Angelini and his wife, has been around for over seventeen years now, and we don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon. A bit of a hidden gem to many, this restaurant is most well-known for the behind-the-scenes influence it has brought to the L.A. restaurant scene.
Some of their signature dishes include Linguine Sea Urchin and Spaghetti Norchina - and they’re so good that many other restaurant owners in the area have also added their own versions of these to their own menus.
“OH MY GOSH! I don't even want to write about this place because it's so good and I don't want other people to know about it...The food was so gooooooood! Everything we got was fantastic.” - Yelp Review
Address: 429 W 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014
Want an Italian restaurant that will really make it feel like you’re sharing a big family style meal with some of your closest friends and family? Colori Kitchen is just small enough to give you that intimate setting, but it packs a pretty big punch of flavors in the meantime.
Located in Los Angeles’ Historical District, Colori Kitchen is incredibly reflective of the area it's in, tying together elements of both old and new - just like you’ll see in the architecture of the surrounding buildings!
When owners Luigi and Paola Barducci Contessi first opened the restaurant doors, they had two very different visions for what the restaurant would be. With a little bit of compromise, they melded those ideas together to create something truly unique - which you’ll see when you get a good look at the menu!
“The service was amazing, for one. Great vibe, atmosphere and best of all - Food! The chicken Parmesan and the Bolognese were phenomenal. Love, love, loved it. I'll definitely be back.” - Yelp Review
Address: 412 N Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
The priority of any restaurant should be the food, and that’s exactly how they feel at Jon & Vinny’s, a local neighborhood Italian restaurant that specializes in delicious, simple, homemade eats that will hit the spot every single time.
Their menu is extensive - which means no matter what kind of Italian food you like, they’ve probably got something for you to try. From homemade pasta to pizzas fired in a brick oven to antipasto salads, they have a little bit of everything.
They also have a pretty large wine menu, so while you’re at it, find the perfect wine to pair with your meal, and you might even be able to take a bottle home with you at the end of the night.
“There's a reason you have to make weekend reservations a month ahead of time. I went for my birthday and it might be the best food I've ever had…” - Yelp Review
Address: 8638 W 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Neighborhood: Beverly Grove
Good food begins with a happy and healthy environment. This is just the beginning for the tasty food and incredible service you’ll receive at Locanda Veneta.
Not only do they treat each other and all of their guests with the utmost respect, but they are also home to one of the best chefs in the entire country. In fact, in 2013, Chef Andre was selected out of millions across the country as one of the top chefs in America - by both his peers and critics.
Their menu is fairly limited as far as options go, but if you'reyour a fan of classic pasta styles cooked up with unique flavors or hearty meat dishes that are typical in Italian fare, this is definitely a place that you don’t want to pass up on.
“Great food, great location, great service we will be back :) We had dessert and barely had room for it but it was to die for. I highly recommend this fantastic italian food.” - Yelp Review
Address: 2509 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292
Not all Italian food has to be 100% authentically Italian in order for it to be good. At Scopa Italian Roots, they definitely keep the Italian in their homemade Italian-style cooking, but having grown up in New York, they’ve also melded that style with traditional American fare.
At this restaurant, it is both their mission and their passion to use the freshest ingredients possible to create simple dishes that everyone will love. The owners of this family-run business learned how to cook Italian food with family recipes when they were growing up, and they’re a key feature on their menu.
From fresh oysters to calamari and from handmade cavatelli to chicken parmesan, there are options for people with any kind of preference for Italian food. You can also pair quite a few wines with your meal to make it even better!
“I love squid ink anything, so I had to try the Squid Ink Calamari. Unique, crunchy and delicious. Just enough with my very pretty drink of the evening, the West Side. If I'm in the area again, I'll definitely come back.” - Yelp Review
As long as the actual country is off the table when it comes to your Italian cuisine craving, you may as well enjoy everything that Los Angeles has to offer in the meantime. Let us know which Italian restaurant was your favorite in the comments below!