Italian food feeds the soul and is popular amongst Los Angeles’ most posh crowds. Whether you’re in the mood for a fresh piece of fish or a heavy bolognese, check out our picks for LA’s top 5 Italian haute spots.
Dine amongst some of your favorite celebrities at Madeo Italian restaurant in West Hollywood. It’s not hard to see why this place is so popular; everything from the dark wood paneling to the porcini mushroom risotto screams fine dining. If you’re in the mood for seafood, try to the seabass ravioli in red sauce. Don’t forget to have a glass of wine with your meal, the list is extensive and the staff is more than happy to recommend a good bottle. Reservations are recommended.
2 Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi
If you’re looking for fine Tuscan cuisine, look no further than Giorgio Baldi in Los Angeles’ posh Beverly Hills area. Restaurant owner and chef, Edoardo Baldi, relies on the traditional flavors and recipes he knew as a kid and adds a twist of sophistication to every dish. In addition to their staple menu, the restaurant offers seasonal specialties such as yellowfin tuna and a summer salad topped with fresh veggies, mint, and grilled halibut. The interior of the space will bring mama back to old Tuscany in style with dark wood floors and lavish wine displays.
3 Dan Tana’s
Dan Tana’s is one of the few restaurants left that offers customers that old Hollywood-Italian dining experience. The booths are large and the tables are covered in red gingham cloths. Servers are friendly and portions are just the right size. Celebrities and posh patrons frequent this place and boast about the homemade gnocchi. Veal, chicken, and seafood dishes are popular as well and are richly prepared with Dan Tana’s trademark sauces. If you don’t feel like eating out, call ahead and place an order for pick up.
One of the most diverse Italian restaurants in Los Angeles, and open late, Cecconi’s offers everything from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to large private parties in their exclusive Butterfly Room. Their menu combines flavors, ingredients, and cooking methods from all over Italy. If you’re looking for a late night snack, try the eggplant parmigiana. Not hungry? Stop by for a glass of wine or one of their specialty cocktails. On Satuday, August 27th, Chef Andrea will be leading a class on cicchetti preparation – contact the restaurant for more details.
Scarpetta, located in the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, is a high-end Italian restaurant that really delivers. Although customers are in for a fine dining experience, there’s nothing stuffy or conservative about the atmosphere. Scott Conant’s pasta creations are perfect in both taste and texture. The spaghetti is popular amongst the regulars and is a must-try for newcomers. Stop by on a Sunday for a unique Italian brunch experience.