We picked the best DineLA menus at Italian restaurants. Whether you’re in for a quick lunch or a fancy dinner, you know where to go!

DineLA is back, and once again Foodiamo is here to help you find the best deals in town!

The Summer Edition of this popular event will run from Friday, July 14 to Friday, July 28, 2017. That’s two entire weeks of dedicated menus at different price ranges! As usual, the official DineLA website allows you to browse restaurants by type of cuisine, and we obviously focused on Italian food. Be ready to be amazed by old acquaintances and hot new entries.

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We selected the most appealing DineLA restaurant deals at each price point, with an eye on value for money and restaurant ambiance. This time we also focused on the variety of the vegetarian offering. So if you don’t eat meat or fish, but you’re totally into cheese, there are some pretty amazing options for you, too!


best dinela restaurants: AR Cucina

AR Cucina, Culver City

Best DineLA restaurants: $15 Italian Lunch

AR Cucina (Culver City) offers a two-course lunch. The choices are simple and neat, and the quality is good. After all, we considered it one of the best new Italian restaurants of 2016. Okay for a weekday treat. Vegetarian friendly.

Maccheroni Republic (Downtown) makes our list for the second time in a row. There’s only one choice of starter, but it’s burrata, so there’s no way you won’t like it. Then pasta (obviously) and dessert. All for $15, in a prime DTLA location across the street from Grand Central Market. Just. Go (even if you’re vegetarian).



 

Best DineLA restaurants: $20 Italian Lunch

Ca’ Brea Italian Kitchen (Koreatown) has lots of great options: Fried calamari, pumpkin ravioli, ricotta cheesecake… For $20 you get two courses and dessert. I’m interested. Good for vegetarians!

Celestino Ristorante (Pasadena)’s menu offers two courses and dessert. Not a bad deal for a rich lunch. The desserts are classic, but always appreciated. There are vegetarian options.

Obicà Mozzarella Bar has a DineLA menu at both the Santa Monica and West Hollywood location. Go to the latter, if you can, for a more glamorous dining experience. The two restaurants feature a varied and sophisticated two-course menu, featuring their signature mozzarella. Recommended: Their cheese never disappoints. Lots of veggies, too!

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Osteria Mamma (Larchmont) has everything you can crave: Fritto misto, burrata, fish, meat, pasta, and pizza, Two courses, in their hearty and comforting style. All is pretty tempting. Not for vegetarians, sadly.

Serafina Sunset (West Hollywood) proposes a different format: There is no course division, just a list and the possibility of picking two options. So, if you’re a sucker for dessert, this method allows you to get that, too. There’s salad, pasta, pizza… Nice (for vegetarians, also)!


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 Best DineLA restaurants: $25 Italian Lunch

Local Kitchen & Wine Bar (Santa Monica)’s menu lets you choose two courses and dessert! The offering sounds pretty sophisticated and innovative, not you mamma‘s cuisine. Sadly, not enough choices for vegetarians.


best dinela restaurants: Tutt'A Post Trattoria

Tiramisu at Tutt’A Post Trattoria, Beverly Hills

Best DineLA restaurants: $29 Italian Dinner

Delancey Hollywood (Hollywood). The greasy cuisine of Southern Italian immigrants (provolone, ‘nduja, meatballs…) with some Hollywood flair. It makes for a decent dinner, to me. Surprisingly enough, veggie options are included!

Tutt’a Post Trattoria (Beverly Hills) offers choices of meat, fish, and different pasta dishes. There are also five choices of traditional Italian desserts, including torta della nonna and hazelnut cake. Okay for vegetarians.


best dinela restaurants: Sotto

The margherita pizza with burrata is off the DineLA menu at Sotto, but you should order it anyway!

Best DineLA restaurants: $39 Italian Dinner

Alimento (Silverlake) has consistently received accolades for its creative Italian cuisine. Their menu includes a yummy welcome snack and a choice of two more courses. There’s no dessert, but I’d still recommend it. Vegetarian friendly. If you are curious, chef and owner Zach Pollack just opened a more casual, Italian-American joint called Cosa Buona in Echo Park (hint: get their pizza).

Rossoblu (Downtown Fashion District) is Steve Samson’s new restaurant and, if you loved what he did at Sotto, you should take advantage of this DineLA deal. The four-course menu (starter, appetizer, entree, and dessert) will give you a taste of Bologna’s cuisine. It all sounds incredibly hearty and satisfying. Not enough vegetarian options, but this is also in the true spirit of Emilia-Romagna region, which tends to be a bit meat-oriented.

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Sotto (Pico-Robertson)’s menu doesn’t feature a lot of choices, but it sounds very fresh and inviting. The dishes sound creative enough, and there’s everything you might crave, including zeppole (fried dough) for dessert. Good for vegetarians.


best dinela restaurants: Drago Centro

The signature garganelli with pork sausage ragu at Drago Centro

Best DineLA restaurants: $49 Italian Dinner

Drago Centro (Downtown)’s menu features two courses (pasta, then fish or meat), plus dessert. It is a bit pricey, but the offering is interesting. The desserts are fairly creative, too. You have to try Celestino Drago‘s flagship restaurant at least once, after all. The atmosphere is fancy, good for a “special night”, like your parents visiting, or a date.

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Il Cielo Restaurant (Beverly Hills) is one of the oldest Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills, and has a solid reputation. Their menu features plenty of meat options. If that’s your thing, give it a try. There are also vegetarian options and mouthwatering desserts.

Osteria Venice West (Venice Beach)’s menu is pretty straightforward: Four courses (a cold starter, pasta, fish or meat, and dessert) with two options each. It sounds complete and satisfying enough (not if you’re a vegetarian, though). And how can you beat a dinner date right off the Venice Beach boardwalk? Here’s our restaurant review from last year.

Now that you read our picks, go ahead and reserve your spot. And don’t forget to let us know your impressions!

 

These recommendations are unsponsored and unsolicited. The selection was made on the menus available online as of July 10, 2017. Choices reflect the personal preferences and dining experiences of Foodiamo staff. 

 

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