Sugarfish co-founder Lele Massimini reformatted Sugarfish’s affordable model to pasta, with sub $20 prices on all its dishes. The restaurant goes so far as to import fresh pasta that’s handmade in Bologna, Italy with special red egg yolks that can only be sourced there. The amatriciana is a popular order, as well as the tortellini dishes, finished with parmesan cream or swimming in brodo.
A: 1320 2nd St Ste A | Hours: Sun-Sat. 11:30am-10pm | T: (310) 425-0064 | Price: $$$ | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: uovo.la | Reservations: Unavailable
This Southern Italian restaurant comes by way of chef Steve Samson and rests on the southern edge of Beverly Hills. The place consistently turns out some of the best pastas in the city with chef de cuisine Craig Towe at the helm, often running beyond the more approachable options into unique territory. Sotto stands out for pastas like squid ink campanelle, a shrimp and seppia ragu laced with fresno chili, basil, and bread crumbs.
A: 9575 W Pico Blvd | Hours: Sun-Thu. 5:30pm-9:30pm Fri-Sat. 5:30pm-10:30pm | T: (310) 277-0210 | Price: $$$ | E: email@example.com | W: sottorestaurant.com | Reservations: Recommended
> Cal Mare
Beverly Center visitors finally have a solid restaurant to refuel after a long day of shopping with the opening of Cal Mare. The California-Italian stunner pulls influence from places like the Amalfi Coast, which translates to dishes like lobster agnolotti and beet campanelle.
A: 8500 Beverly Blvd, Suite 115 | Hours: Sun-Sat. 5:30pm-10pm | T: (424) 332-4595 | Price: $$$$ | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: michaelmina.net | Reservations: Recommended
> Jon & Vinny’s
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s eponymous restaurant is like nostalgic red sauce joints with Fairfax flair. That means housemade bucatini cacio e pepe and down-home spaghetti with six-hour bolognese come served with banging hip hop tunes.
A: 412 N Fairfax Ave | Hours: Sun-Sat. 8am-10pm | T: (323) 334-3369 | Price: $$$ | E: email@example.com | W: jonandvinnys.com | Reservations: Recommended
Chef Stephen Kalt has kept the course on Melrose Avenue, with a friendly menu of Cali-Italian dishes and a slate of fresh pasta made by hand. The expansive pasta menu has some seasonal highlights like burrata ravioli with spring peas while colder weather brings out a more remarkable game bird ragu bolognese topped over handkerchief-style fazzoletti pasta. The basic spaghettini with white and black garlic, calabrian chiles, and pecorino, has become a bit of a signature plate.
A: 7505 Melrose Ave | Hours: Mon-Thu. 6pm-10pm Fri. 6pm-11pm Sat. 11am-3pm & 5:30pm-11pm Sun. 11am-3pm & 5:30pm-9pm | T: (323) 782-1023 | Price: $$$ | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: spartina.la | Reservations: Recommended
> Angelini Osteria
Angelini Osteria is somewhat of a Beverly Boulevard legend, thanks to chef Gino Angelini and his incredible skill at making some of the best handmade pastas in the city. With everything from its signature lemon cream variety to pastas bathed in sea urchin, this is a true pasta haven.
A: 7313 Beverly Blvd | Hours: Tue-Fri. 12pm-2:30pm & 5:30pm-10:30pm Sat-Sun. 5:30pm-10:30pm | T: (323) 297-0070 | Price: $$$ | E: email@example.com | W: angelinirestaurantgroup.com | Reservations: Recommended
> Osteria Mozza
An old school pick by just about anyone’s definition, Osteria Mozza continues to turn out some of the city’s best pastas, each done with a true-to-Italy bent. There’s the tortellini, pappardelle with rabbit ragu, and the tagliatelle with oxtail, each a perfectly portioned example of high-quality ingredients turned out to make exquisite dinnertime favorites.
A: 6602 Melrose Ave | Hours: Sun-Thu. 5:30pm-10pm Fri-Sat. 5:30pm-11pm | T: (323) 297-0100 | Price: $$$$ | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: la.osteriamozza.com | Reservations: Recommended
> Osteria La Buca
Since opening on a tough stretch of Melrose more than a decade ago, Osteria La Buca has continued to shine. Newish chef Cameron Slaugh is now at the helm after stints at Alinea and Eleven Madison Park, but the heart of the place will always be the rustic, hearty pastas.
A: 5210 Melrose Ave | Hours: Mon-Fri. 11:30am-2:30pm & 6pm-10:30pm Sat-Sun. 5pm-11pm | T: (323) 462-1900 | Price: $$$ | E: email@example.com | W: osterialabuca.com | Reservations: Recommended
> La Pergoletta Restaurant
It’s hard not to be charmed by the red checkered tablecloths and sometimes clunky, always charming service at La Pergoletta. The Los Feliz strip mall staple is short on frills but long on flavor, offering inexpensive pastas made by hand to hundreds of diners nightly. Don’t skip on the creamy pesto Genovese.
A: 1802 Hillhurst Ave | Hours: Mon-Thu. 12pm-3pm & 5:30pm-10pm Fri. 12pm-3pm & 5:30pm-11pm Sat. 5pm-11pm Sun. 5pm-10pm | T: (323) 664-8259 | Price: $$$ | W: lapergoletta.com | Reservations: Recommended
Silver Lake’s casual pan-Italian gem Alimento is known for many things (chicken liver, a fried chicken sandwich) but one would be hard-pressed to find a single table foregoing their take on a traditional totellini en brodo. Done with the soup encapsulated inside, each perfectly wrapped phenomenon is a juicy reminder of Zach Pollack’s endless capabilities.
A: 1710 Silver Lake Blvd | Hours: Sun, Tue-Thu. 5:30pm-10pm Fri-Sat. 5:30pm-11pm | T: (323) 928-2888 | Price: $$$ | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: alimentola.com | Reservations: Recommended
> Bestia Restaurant
Is there a more sought-after reservation in Los Angeles than one at Bestia? Sure, chef Ori Menashe has more than a deft hand at cooking rustic, meat-centric Italian fare, but it is hard to argue that the real draw here are the perfect, soul-warming pastas. The spaghetti rustichella with dungeness crab and cavatelli alla norcina with housemade pork sausage and black truffle are the blockbuster hits.
A: 2121 E 7th Pl | Hours: Sun-Thu. 5pm-11pm Fri-Sat. 5pm-12am | T: (213) 514-5724 | Price: $$$$ | E: email@example.com | W: bestiala.com | Reservations: Recommended