Mamma mia! If you’re in search of the hautest Italian restaurants in LA, look no further — Haute Living has found the top spots for pasta, pizza and panini that will have you singing ‘That’s amore!’
Ah, Spago. Wolfgang Puck's infamous Beverly Hills eatery went through a major face change over the summer, and it's all the better for it! This iconic restaurant is the crown jewel of Puck's empire, and with reason. We couldn't just pick one (or 10) dishes we loved, so we urge you to try the tasting menu and let Wolfgang work his magic!
2 Osteria Mozza
This A-list Hollywood spot serves up haute Italian fare from Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton and Joe Bastianich. In addition to delectable dishes like Sweetbreads Picatta and Duck al Mattone, the eatery offers a mozzarella bar and exquisite, massive wine list. You'll go home happy, trust us. As a heads up, make sure to book in advance: this spot is so VIP it's nearly impossible to get a reservation.
3 Giorgio Baldi
If you're looking for a romantic evening in a gorgeous setting with stellar food, Giorgio Baldi is your spot. This classic eatery located by the ocean in Santa Monica is a favorite of celebrities and food lovers alike. Make sure to try the $150 truffle risotto during white truffle season.
4 Angelini Osteria
In the notoriously diet-friendly city of LA, this is the restaurant you'll want to loosen your belts for -- specifically, its pasta dishes. Chef-owner Gino Angelini creates delicious Tuscan delights such as his rustic lasagna to a tagliolini and agnolotti, ravioli and tagliatelle and spaghetti alla chitarra. After noshing here, you'll feel as if you're not in LA anymore, Toto. Angelini Osteria is the real deal.
If you're looking for a true gem of a restaurant, look no further than Piccolo, the Venice locale that has even the most discerning Italians smiling with pleasure. You'll find phenomenal, authetnic fare and an incredible wine list at this gorgeous, tiny eatery by Venice Beach. Try the doppioraviolo, a dish of braised white cod and pumpkin filled ravioli with sweet anchovies fondue and the gnocchi, with light potato pillows and a slow-roasted ox tail ragú. Perfezione!