Atkins-aficionados beware: these 5 Italian restaurants boast the best pastas in town as well as regional specialties and cooking just like Mama used to make (but better). They may have you giving your no-bread regime the boot and carbo-loading in no time.
With financial backing from such Hollywood heavyweights as Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Tony and Ridley Scott and Robert De Niro, you might expect Ago to be a paparazzi-filled nightmare. Not to worry. Ago’s atmosphere is discretely low-key and the star of the house is the food. Sit outside on the bougainvillea and grapevine covered veranda and be sure to order Chef Agostino Sciandri’s specialty, Bistecca alia Fiorentina.
2 Angeli Caffe
Smack dab in the middle of busy Melrose Avenue, Angeli Caffe is a respite for Angelenos-on-the-go. This calm nook features knockout Italian cuisine and though they may be known for their rustic pizzas, the house specialty is ricotta gnocchi, which are light and fluffy and served with either a heirloom tomato sauce or simple shavings of parmesan and melted butter. Belissima!
3 Madeo Restaurant
Suits compromise the majority of the clientele at this elegant upscale Italian restaurant. Madeo's menu serves up delicious dishes that taste as good as anything you’ll find in the motherland and the foccacia is not to be ignored.
4 Osteria Mozza and Pizza Mozza
Mozzarella is the magnet of This East Coast-meets-West Coast collaboration between celeb Chefs Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton along with Joseph Bastianich. Saddle up to Nancy Silverton’s Mozzarella Bar that boasts the best boccacnini in town or order a gourmet pizza from next-door Pizza Mozza (which incidentally give Wolfgang Puck pizza’s a run for their money.) Of course, the creations on Chef Batali’s Bologna-influenced menu are not-to-be missed either.
5 Pace Restaurant
Pace Restaurant is the prefect place to indulge your inner-bohemian. Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, on a verdant stretch of Laurel Canyon, Pace is famous for both its rustic vibe and its refined menu. In true hippie-fashion, Owner and Chef Sandy Gendel combs local farmer’s markets and regional artisans for the freshest seasonal ingredients.