Craving pasta and a glass of wizened pinot? Look no further than these LA hotspots for Italian faire that takes your tastebuds on a tour of the old country.
Drago Centro (525 S. FLower St.)
Located in downtown Los Angeles, Chef Celestino Drago rediscovers local Italian dishes with contemporary cooking techniques. Order the 4-course tasting menu for $60 and optional $35 wine paring, to savor freshly prepared smoked salmon, roasted rack of lamb, three different varieties of pasta, and a flourless chocolate cake.
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Campanile (624 S. La Brea Ave.)
Housed in a historic structure by architect Roy Sheldon Price for Hollywood Legend Charlie Chaplin, Campanile opened after a complete remodel in 1989. Savor rustic Italian-influenced dishes like Black Truffle Carbonara or Heirloom Tomato Salad in a gorgeous setting reminiscent of an Italian courtyard complete with bell tower, bakery and open kitchen.
Angelini Osteria (7313 Beverly Blvd.)
Viva l’Osteria! Angelini Osteria recreates the fabled Osterias of pre-war Italy, relaxed meeting places to socialize over luscious meals and carafes of wine. The delectable green lasagna transports you from LA to the rural countryside of Italy. Make your reservations in advance to grab a table at this cozy restaurant where Master Chef Gino Angelini concocts masterpieces of Italian cuisine.
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Osteria Mozza (6602 Melrose Ave.)
Hopping with celebs, Mozza takes reservations months in advance for tables. Don’t let the glitz and glamour of the clientele get in the way of ordering some of the best pasta served outside of the motherland. You can’t go wrong with the perfectly prepared pasta tasting menu for $69 per person accompanied by the optional $50 wine paring.