You might not guess it from the modest, rather congested dining room, but this is one of L.A.'s most celebrated Italian restaurants. The key is chef-owner Gino Angelini's thoughtful use of superb ingredients, evident in dishes such as a chopped salad with white beans, cucumbers, pistachios, and avocado, and cavatelli with mussels, clams, shrimp, peas, and saffron. Whole branzino, liberally crusted in sea salt, and boldly flavored rustic specials like tender veal kidneys or rich oxtail stew, as well as pastas heaping with white truffles (for a whopping $85) consistently impress. An intelligent selection of mostly Italian wines complements the menu.
Feb 1, 2010
Tiny, lively, crowded, fun, always a celebrity, casual, but the real reason to go is the food -- light and full of flavor, and a great wait staff.
Jan 29, 2008
Yes, the tables are close together but the food was exceptional and very authentic. The lasagne was incredible as was the desert. Not your typical Italian-American restaurant; more like something you would find in Italy.