The Best DineLA Restaurants for Italian Food (Winter 2017)
We picked the best DineLA menus at Italian restaurants in LA. Whether you’re in for a quick lunch or a fancy dinner, you know where to go!
Take advantage of DineLA Restaurant Week (January 13-27, 2017) to go and treat yourself to some of LA’s best restaurants at fixed-priced menus, especially created for the event.
On DineLA website, you can browse restaurants by neighborhood and cuisine. How fun is that? This also allows you to find some of the finest Italian restaurants of LA all in one place. But how to make sure to choose well, among about 40 Italian and Italian-inspired restaurants? No worries, Foodiamo is here to help!
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We analyzed each menu by originality, authenticity and value, to help you avoid traps and fakes, and get the best from this opportunity. Here’s our personal (but questionable, of course) list of the best DineLA menus for Italian food, divided by lunch/dinner deal.
Best DineLA restaurants: $15 Italian Lunch
You’ll hardly find a better Italian lunch deal than this: Starter, pasta, and a panettone-based dessert for $15. Authentic and not ordinary. Want to know where? At Maccheroni Republic (DTLA), which is a real pasta authority, trust us.
Another very interesting deal is the one offered by The Doughroom (Palms). Less traditional, more on-the-go type of lunch, but definitely original and appetizing. Italian cuisine meets LA’s audacity. You’ll love to spend your lunch break there.
Best DineLA restaurants: $20 Italian Lunch
We might be repetitive, but an antipasto and a pizza from Pizzeria Mozza (Mid-Wilshire) for 20 bucks sounds like a great deal. Not everyone is a fan of their pizza style, but at this price you should go and try yourself.
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Smeraldi’s (DTLA) lunch deal is complete and varied, with a traditional Italian starter, an entrée (pasta or meat), and even dessert. It’s as simple as that! Plus, it’s inside the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel, which is a destination in itself.
Il Fornaio, with its multiple locations (Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Woodland Hills, and Manhattan Beach) and multiple choices (soup, salad, carpaccio, pasta, piadina, pizza…) deserves to be mentioned. Traditional and always good, a $25 lunch you won’t regret. Plus, they serve specialties from different regions of Italy!
Best DineLA restaurants: $25 Italian Lunch
Pizzeria Il Fico (Beverly)’s choices are pretty rich and satisfying, even with no dessert. It’s classic Italian with a fresh twist you’ll love.
If you’re around Pasadena give a shot to Celestino. Their offer includes a starter, an elaborated pasta dish or salmon, and dessert. A complete meal, if you ask us!
Best DineLA restaurants: $29 Italian Dinner
If you feel like having a hearty Neapolitan meal, head over to Tutt’a Post (Beverly Hills) and enjoy an appetizer, an entrée (pasta, meat, or fish) and a classic Italian dessert, such as torta della nonna or cannoli. You won’t leave feeling hungry!
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Osteria Mamma (Larchmont) offers a similar deal, allowing you to try one their starters featuring fish, burrata, or mozzarella di bufala, followed by a mouthwatering pasta dish. And for dessert, tiramisù anyone? By the way, if you missed the Buzzfeed video that featured this restaurant, go check it out!
Best DineLA restaurants: $39 Italian Dinner
Wildcraft (Culver City) offers an Italian menu with Californian influences that’s fresh and truly inviting. Glass of wine included. If you’re curious about their pizza, watch our review from the Real Italians Real Pizza series.
Go bold and try Gusto (Fairfax). Their deal is confident and straightforward, with lots of meat dishes, hearty pasta, and a choice of budino or affogato.
At Sotto (Pico-Robertson) they are ready to delight you with a Parmigiano starter, an original dessert, and (literally) everything in between. Before you go, read our interview with chef and owner Steve Samson.
Best DineLA restaurants: $49 Italian Dinner
The menu offered by Osteria Venice West (Venice) may look like they’re not giving you much choice (two picks per course, four courses), but it probably means you should just trust them and let them serve you an Italian dinner to remember. Short menu, but with a purpose. Read our first-bite review from last year.
On the contrary, Local Kitchen & Wine Bar (Santa Monica) gives you lots of sophisticated options. Visit them and go crazy, trying to figure out if you want burrata or calamari, truffle pasta or pizza, gelato or budino… You got the idea.
Now that you read our picks, you only have to go 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 January 11, 2017. Choices reflect the personal preferences and dining experiences of Foodiamo staff.