Fioretto Trattoria

★★★★☆
  • 12740 Culver Blvd Suite B

    Los Angeles, CA 90066

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  • 310-448-8000

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really delucious Italian food! although a bit pricey but well worth it

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★★★★★

really delucious Italian food! although a bit pricey but well worth it

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We ordered specials; the pasta sauce tasted slightly burnt, and the fish dish had a strong odor and fishy taste. Service was good, but the food was horrible.

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We ordered specials; the pasta sauce tasted slightly burnt, and the fish dish had a strong odor and fishy taste. Service was good, but the food was horrible.

Pros: Easy to get to

Cons: Bad food

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Had dinner last night at Fioretto. We'd actually been there the previous week and I had homemade tagliatelli with beef ragout. It was fabulous but David the chef/owner also had risotto with braised lamb and dry aged ricotta on the menu. Since he changes his menu seasonally I knew I only had a few weeks before the spring menu started. So back we went. Each time we had the Mela salad as a starter. Another incredibly delicious item that will be coming off the menu when he changes to his spring fare.
I am a hugh fan of risotto and lamb and make them both often at home. So I am hyper critical when eating these dishes out. The dish was beyond excellent and beyond outstanding. This is one of the truly talented chefs in this town and you would do yourself a favor to experience his cooking. He is also open for lunch and has great specials very reasonably priced. It is a small casual trattoria located in a strip mall between Marina del Rey and Culver City. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

Had dinner last night at Fioretto. We'd actually been there the previous week and I had homemade tagliatelli with beef ragout. It was fabulous but David the chef/owner also had risotto with braised lamb and dry aged ricotta on the menu. Since he changes his menu seasonally I knew I only had a few weeks before the spring menu started. So back we went. Each time we had the Mela salad as a starter. Another incredibly delicious item that will be coming off the menu when he changes to his spring fare.
I am a hugh fan of risotto and lamb and make them both often at home. So I am hyper critical when eating these dishes out. The dish was beyond excellent and beyond outstanding. This is one of the truly talented chefs in this town and you would do yourself a favor to experience his cooking. He is also open for lunch and has great specials very reasonably priced. It is a small casual trattoria located in a strip mall between Marina del Rey and Culver City. Highly recommended.

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This tiny gem is tucked away in a bland stripmall in an industrial area, but don't be fooled by the exterior. The food is just so fantastic and delightful. I'd never tried pici before, but it's now my favorite pasta. The meat sauces are rich and tasty but not overpowering or too saucy. Salads are superfresh and calamari is light, crispy and yum. I'm not crazy about the traditional Tuscan-style bread, which is heavy and lacking flavor, but that's the only negative thing I can say about the food. The staff is very attentive and friendly, and great for asking for suggestions. Give this place a try, you won't be disappointed!!

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★★★★★

This tiny gem is tucked away in a bland stripmall in an industrial area, but don't be fooled by the exterior. The food is just so fantastic and delightful. I'd never tried pici before, but it's now my favorite pasta. The meat sauces are rich and tasty but not overpowering or too saucy. Salads are superfresh and calamari is light, crispy and yum. I'm not crazy about the traditional Tuscan-style bread, which is heavy and lacking flavor, but that's the only negative thing I can say about the food. The staff is very attentive and friendly, and great for asking for suggestions. Give this place a try, you won't be disappointed!!

Pros: Wonderful flavors, hand-made pastas, great service

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This is the kind of small intensely devoted to the cuisine restaurant that goes unnoticed and that is a Epicurean shame of galactic proportions! Please do take the time to try this little gem of a restaurant!

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★★★☆☆

This is the kind of small intensely devoted to the cuisine restaurant that goes unnoticed and that is a Epicurean shame of galactic proportions! Please do take the time to try this little gem of a restaurant!

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I had been searching for a restaurant in Los Angeles that served pici since staying in Tuscany last year. I don't claim to know Italian food because of this trip, I just know I loved pici and couldn't find it anywhere. When I found out Fioretto offered pici I had to try it. I was a bit nervous as heading to a new restaurant to try a food you remember as an absolute favorite leaves an awful lot of room for disappointment. I'm happy to report that this place exceeded my expectations. Here are a few notes on the basics:
Bread: I've read some reviews that focus on this. The bread here is as authentic Tuscan as you will ever find. That said, I'm not a huge fan of Tuscan bread as its not big on flavor. It is more of a carrier than an element to enjoy on it's own. Ours was fresh out of the oven and came with a nice olive oil.
Appetizers:
Baccellli (fava beans, pecorino, walnuts, olive oil): This dish was superb. Really fresh and every ingredient was exceptional. Perfect balance.
Frittura (fried clamari/shrimp): I wasn't all that excited to order this, but it kind of wowed me. Perfect texture and flavor on the calamari and the shrimp were exceptional. Nice light red pepper sauce worked very well.
Mains:
Pici: we ordered the sausage/mushroom ragut version. Fantastic: If you haven't had pici it's worth a try. It's a think hand-rolled pasta made with only flour and water (no egg). The version served at Fioretto is authentic and prepared perfectly.
Lasagna: I was nearly floored by this dish. I'm not normally impressed by restaurant lasagna. Until now, Osteria Angelini was the only exception to this. Fioretto's version now tops my list. It's a vegetarian version with an emphasis on baby artichokes. The texture and flavor combinations were among the best I've ever had.
Service: I've read some conflicting reports on this, but ours was excpetional. An older gentleman was working the room during our meal. He was great. I've never felt so at home at a restaurant in LA.

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★★★★★

I had been searching for a restaurant in Los Angeles that served pici since staying in Tuscany last year. I don't claim to know Italian food because of this trip, I just know I loved pici and couldn't find it anywhere. When I found out Fioretto offered pici I had to try it. I was a bit nervous as heading to a new restaurant to try a food you remember as an absolute favorite leaves an awful lot of room for disappointment. I'm happy to report that this place exceeded my expectations. Here are a few notes on the basics:
Bread: I've read some reviews that focus on this. The bread here is as authentic Tuscan as you will ever find. That said, I'm not a huge fan of Tuscan bread as its not big on flavor. It is more of a carrier than an element to enjoy on it's own. Ours was fresh out of the oven and came with a nice olive oil.
Appetizers:
Baccellli (fava beans, pecorino, walnuts, olive oil): This dish was superb. Really fresh and every ingredient was exceptional. Perfect balance.
Frittura (fried clamari/shrimp): I wasn't all that excited to order this, but it kind of wowed me. Perfect texture and flavor on the calamari and the shrimp were exceptional. Nice light red pepper sauce worked very well.
Mains:
Pici: we ordered the sausage/mushroom ragut version. Fantastic: If you haven't had pici it's worth a try. It's a think hand-rolled pasta made with only flour and water (no egg). The version served at Fioretto is authentic and prepared perfectly.
Lasagna: I was nearly floored by this dish. I'm not normally impressed by restaurant lasagna. Until now, Osteria Angelini was the only exception to this. Fioretto's version now tops my list. It's a vegetarian version with an emphasis on baby artichokes. The texture and flavor combinations were among the best I've ever had.
Service: I've read some conflicting reports on this, but ours was excpetional. An older gentleman was working the room during our meal. He was great. I've never felt so at home at a restaurant in LA.

Pros: great food: seasonal menu, pici; Service

Cons: location

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I had such a great dining experience here this past weekend. Cozy restaurant with wood tables, friendly and attentive staff. The food was so scrumptious - I had the zucca salad (butternut squash, arrugula, goat cheese) and the tagliatelle pasta. It's in a little strip mall, which might worry or scare away some, but I have spent the last two days telling everyone about this place. You won't be disappointed!

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★★★★★

I had such a great dining experience here this past weekend. Cozy restaurant with wood tables, friendly and attentive staff. The food was so scrumptious - I had the zucca salad (butternut squash, arrugula, goat cheese) and the tagliatelle pasta. It's in a little strip mall, which might worry or scare away some, but I have spent the last two days telling everyone about this place. You won't be disappointed!

Pros: Delcious food, free parking

Cons: None to report

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I discovered this place last month and have been back many times since.

With some of the best and most authentic Italian food I have found in the States, this is truly a gem of a restaurant tucked away in Culver City. If you are missing the Tuscan dining experience, Fioretto's is the place to go. And don't let the strip mall setting deter you -- be prepared for amazing flavors at reasonable prices in a cozy and peaceful environment. The restaurant is family owned and operated and you will feel like part of the family while you dine.

Everything including the mozzarella cheese and pasta is made from scratch. I highly recommend the Beef Carpaccio, Rigatoni tossed with eggplant, basil & mozzarella, and anything from the seasonal menu. Also, be carefull not to fill up on the delicious bread with rosemary & olive oil... save room for the Tortino (flourless chocolate cake with orange sauce -- so decadent).

I hope you enjoy this restaurant as much as I have!

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★★★★★

I discovered this place last month and have been back many times since.

With some of the best and most authentic Italian food I have found in the States, this is truly a gem of a restaurant tucked away in Culver City. If you are missing the Tuscan dining experience, Fioretto's is the place to go. And don't let the strip mall setting deter you -- be prepared for amazing flavors at reasonable prices in a cozy and peaceful environment. The restaurant is family owned and operated and you will feel like part of the family while you dine.

Everything including the mozzarella cheese and pasta is made from scratch. I highly recommend the Beef Carpaccio, Rigatoni tossed with eggplant, basil & mozzarella, and anything from the seasonal menu. Also, be carefull not to fill up on the delicious bread with rosemary & olive oil... save room for the Tortino (flourless chocolate cake with orange sauce -- so decadent).

I hope you enjoy this restaurant as much as I have!

Pros: Amazing food, friendly service, cozy setting

Cons: Tucked away in strip mall off Culver blvd.

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We have been eating here for a year and a half. It is some of the most innovative and disticttive Italian food in town. The menu changes seasonally so there is always something new, and weekly specials as well. The ragu (bolognaise sauce) is outstanding, and his fish dishes are all prepared with care. The pastas are always perfectly cooked and the lasagna is one of my wife's favorites. The pizzas are a bit non traditional, having very thin, crispy crust and slices of cheese dotting the top, so don't look for Domino's style here. Look for the salad of baby artichokes and parmesan, spigola (fish) baked in salt crust, rigatoni al ragu, gnocci in tomato sauce, tagliata (sliced steak), and any of the seafood or fish dishes. Don't get attached to any particular dish, because it may go away after three months, or it may stay another season. It is hidden in an unassuming strip mall in Culver City, but well worth the effort to find. The wine llist is modest, but you are welcome to bring your own, the corkage fee is minimal. He does have a good barbera by the glass and they will recommend something to go with your meal. The owner, Chef David is a charming man, and if it is not too busy will visit you at your table and regale you with storys of his native Tuscany. His laugh is infectious and it is always a pleasure to see him. The prices are modest compared to the quality of the food. If Fioretto was on Main Street in Santa Monica, you could expect to pay double. The ambiance is somewhat spartan, however, but for some of the best and different Italian food in town, Fioretto can't be beat.

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★★★★★

We have been eating here for a year and a half. It is some of the most innovative and disticttive Italian food in town. The menu changes seasonally so there is always something new, and weekly specials as well. The ragu (bolognaise sauce) is outstanding, and his fish dishes are all prepared with care. The pastas are always perfectly cooked and the lasagna is one of my wife's favorites. The pizzas are a bit non traditional, having very thin, crispy crust and slices of cheese dotting the top, so don't look for Domino's style here. Look for the salad of baby artichokes and parmesan, spigola (fish) baked in salt crust, rigatoni al ragu, gnocci in tomato sauce, tagliata (sliced steak), and any of the seafood or fish dishes. Don't get attached to any particular dish, because it may go away after three months, or it may stay another season. It is hidden in an unassuming strip mall in Culver City, but well worth the effort to find. The wine llist is modest, but you are welcome to bring your own, the corkage fee is minimal. He does have a good barbera by the glass and they will recommend something to go with your meal. The owner, Chef David is a charming man, and if it is not too busy will visit you at your table and regale you with storys of his native Tuscany. His laugh is infectious and it is always a pleasure to see him. The prices are modest compared to the quality of the food. If Fioretto was on Main Street in Santa Monica, you could expect to pay double. The ambiance is somewhat spartan, however, but for some of the best and different Italian food in town, Fioretto can't be beat.

Pros: Inventiveness, quality, value

Cons: location, sparse decor, music

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I have eaten at this place once and I think there won't be a second. Their daily lunch specials run around $10 and they were not much to write home about. I chose to have a sandwhich and it came on a very hard and almost stale bread. I really did not like this place for my lunches.

PROS: Convenient location
CONS: expensive for lunch, food quality is low

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★★★☆☆

I have eaten at this place once and I think there won't be a second. Their daily lunch specials run around $10 and they were not much to write home about. I chose to have a sandwhich and it came on a very hard and almost stale bread. I really did not like this place for my lunches.

PROS: Convenient location
CONS: expensive for lunch, food quality is low

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Wow...although some of the food passed for average, a couple of the items, including a tortellini dish, were inedible. Service was lacking, too. You can find a better place to go for the money.

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★☆☆☆☆

Wow...although some of the food passed for average, a couple of the items, including a tortellini dish, were inedible. Service was lacking, too. You can find a better place to go for the money.

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You simply would not expect a little restaurant in a strip mall to be this good! My husband and I went here for Valentine's Day. I wanted to go somewhere nice, but not fancy - tasty, but not ridiculously expensive - popular, but not too frenetic. Fioretto fits the bill. I can't wait to go back... my risotto (and the service) was fantastic!

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★★★★★

You simply would not expect a little restaurant in a strip mall to be this good! My husband and I went here for Valentine's Day. I wanted to go somewhere nice, but not fancy - tasty, but not ridiculously expensive - popular, but not too frenetic. Fioretto fits the bill. I can't wait to go back... my risotto (and the service) was fantastic!

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After reading previous reviews, I was excited to try this place out. I have to say my wife and I were disappointed. We ordered a pizza and it was terrible. The crust was so dry, the sauce was bland and only a couple sprinkles of cheese. We both ordered the house Chiante. It was very dry, bitter and hard to drink. I ordered the gnochhi. The texture was great, however, the saffron sauce was funky and had a weird after taste. My wife ordered a special, which was veal milanese, with a salad. She enjoyed that, but for the price (28 bucks), it better be good. Also, the bread was fresh, but not very good.

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★★☆☆☆

After reading previous reviews, I was excited to try this place out. I have to say my wife and I were disappointed. We ordered a pizza and it was terrible. The crust was so dry, the sauce was bland and only a couple sprinkles of cheese. We both ordered the house Chiante. It was very dry, bitter and hard to drink. I ordered the gnochhi. The texture was great, however, the saffron sauce was funky and had a weird after taste. My wife ordered a special, which was veal milanese, with a salad. She enjoyed that, but for the price (28 bucks), it better be good. Also, the bread was fresh, but not very good.

Pros: service, location

Cons: terrible pizza, price, average food

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My palette isn't as finely-honed in on Italian as other types of food, but I can certainly tell when a sauce is homemade or of the canned variety. My dish was not fresh by any stretch of the imagination and my buddy's sauce was like a powdered beef stew sauce.

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★☆☆☆☆

My palette isn't as finely-honed in on Italian as other types of food, but I can certainly tell when a sauce is homemade or of the canned variety. My dish was not fresh by any stretch of the imagination and my buddy's sauce was like a powdered beef stew sauce.

Cons: not very good food

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I found Fioretto Trattoria on Citysearch.com because I couldn't get a reservation at the snobby restaurant I wanted to go to for my birthday. Fioretto Trattoria was the best place I could have picked. The food was fresh, flavorful and wonderful - I felt like I was back in Florence eating Osso Buco and Homemade Lasagna. They made a ricotta cheesecake with berries for my birthday cake and it was delectable. The chef came and chatted with us for about an hour after our meal and even took our picture for us and gave us a celebratory drink for my birthday. It was the most amazing meal I've ever had and I can't wait to take everyone back. This place is HIGHLY recommended and if you're looking for a quiet place to take your sweetheart or family, this is the best to choose from!!!

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★★★★★

I found Fioretto Trattoria on Citysearch.com because I couldn't get a reservation at the snobby restaurant I wanted to go to for my birthday. Fioretto Trattoria was the best place I could have picked. The food was fresh, flavorful and wonderful - I felt like I was back in Florence eating Osso Buco and Homemade Lasagna. They made a ricotta cheesecake with berries for my birthday cake and it was delectable. The chef came and chatted with us for about an hour after our meal and even took our picture for us and gave us a celebratory drink for my birthday. It was the most amazing meal I've ever had and I can't wait to take everyone back. This place is HIGHLY recommended and if you're looking for a quiet place to take your sweetheart or family, this is the best to choose from!!!

Pros: service, food, atmosphere

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What an amazing find this restaurant is. But for a recommendation from a friend who appreciates good food and wine, we would never have expected to find such a treasure hidden in a modest mini mall in Culver City. Once inside, though, a quiet and tastefully decorated room, obviously done with care and taste, was a tip-off to what turned out to be a terrific dining experience. Chef/owner Dawn Gray 'Dave' Giani flat dazzled us, from his freshly baked bread to tasty salads to beautifully presented, exquisit entrees and finally, an absolutely extraordinary pannicotta esspresso granita dessert. All this for little over $30 apiece. Bravo. We'll definitely be back.

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★★★★★

What an amazing find this restaurant is. But for a recommendation from a friend who appreciates good food and wine, we would never have expected to find such a treasure hidden in a modest mini mall in Culver City. Once inside, though, a quiet and tastefully decorated room, obviously done with care and taste, was a tip-off to what turned out to be a terrific dining experience. Chef/owner Dawn Gray 'Dave' Giani flat dazzled us, from his freshly baked bread to tasty salads to beautifully presented, exquisit entrees and finally, an absolutely extraordinary pannicotta esspresso granita dessert. All this for little over $30 apiece. Bravo. We'll definitely be back.

Pros: imaginative tastes, presentation, excellent service

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The food is simply delicious, prepared by a bona fide, conscientous and talented chef. While the restaraunt is a simple storefront in a strip mall, they have done their best. Roughly twelve tables, nice lighting and artwork. Squint a little and you forget your surroundings. The food and the service are top notch. My wife and I simply adored a warm pear salad, her artichoke fettucine and my chicken marsala. Next visit, we had the same salad, she had a very tasty vegetarian risotto and I had the unique tuna spagetti. All of the food was noteworthy and, since we have a small, very cute baby in tow, we got to speak to all of the clientele. Everyone was VERY enthusiastic about this affordable and delicious restaurant opening in our neighborhood. Oh -- the few desserts are unique and wonderful as well.

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★★★★★

The food is simply delicious, prepared by a bona fide, conscientous and talented chef. While the restaraunt is a simple storefront in a strip mall, they have done their best. Roughly twelve tables, nice lighting and artwork. Squint a little and you forget your surroundings. The food and the service are top notch. My wife and I simply adored a warm pear salad, her artichoke fettucine and my chicken marsala. Next visit, we had the same salad, she had a very tasty vegetarian risotto and I had the unique tuna spagetti. All of the food was noteworthy and, since we have a small, very cute baby in tow, we got to speak to all of the clientele. Everyone was VERY enthusiastic about this affordable and delicious restaurant opening in our neighborhood. Oh -- the few desserts are unique and wonderful as well.

Pros: food+service, value, parking

Cons: strip mall

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My husband and I had Valentine's dinner here. We were tremendously impressed with the delicious, fresh food and the "no-hype" atmosphere. Also, the prices were very reasonable, especially considering the high quality of the food. The fact that it is family-run was also a nice change from all the corporate chains out there.
Addendum 5/6/05: I noticed another reviewer wrote that a con is there is no liquor license; they now do have a liquor license.

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★★★★★

My husband and I had Valentine's dinner here. We were tremendously impressed with the delicious, fresh food and the "no-hype" atmosphere. Also, the prices were very reasonable, especially considering the high quality of the food. The fact that it is family-run was also a nice change from all the corporate chains out there.
Addendum 5/6/05: I noticed another reviewer wrote that a con is there is no liquor license; they now do have a liquor license.

Pros: good value, delicious food, no hype

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This is truly the best and most authentic Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. I have been to them all. Chef David spends the extra time to make every dish to order. He learned to cook in Italy so that is the only way that he will allow the food to be prepared. The pasta in the Lasagna is fresh made. It is fabulous and unlike any lasagna that you have ever had. He tediously hand rolls the "pici" pasta for his Pici and Shrimp dish. You won't find this anywhere else. His homemade Mozzarella is the creamiest that you will ever taste. As a special on occasion he even makes fresh Burrata and serves it with a Tomato Coulis finished with Basalmic Vinegar. His soups are excellent. We have tried Tomato Bread Soup, Lentil and Garbanzo soups. His Italian Bouillabaisse is spectacular. They charge a nominal $10.00 corkage fee. The waitress is top notch and keeps on top of everything. She is as hospitable as she is professional. One dish not to miss the the Fried Calamari. They are not the least bit oily, the squid is so tender and the coating is light as a feather. This is one of my favorite dishes so I have had it all over the country but this is by far the best. If you have a chance to get a dish with Risotto make sure to do it. It is tediously made to order and that makes all the difference. The location is in a hidden away mini-mall but don't let that discourage you. I am quite confident that this will be your next favorite place. Even if I lived far away I would still make the drive to experience food this good prepared by a highly skilled Italian Chef.

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★★★★★

This is truly the best and most authentic Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. I have been to them all. Chef David spends the extra time to make every dish to order. He learned to cook in Italy so that is the only way that he will allow the food to be prepared. The pasta in the Lasagna is fresh made. It is fabulous and unlike any lasagna that you have ever had. He tediously hand rolls the "pici" pasta for his Pici and Shrimp dish. You won't find this anywhere else. His homemade Mozzarella is the creamiest that you will ever taste. As a special on occasion he even makes fresh Burrata and serves it with a Tomato Coulis finished with Basalmic Vinegar. His soups are excellent. We have tried Tomato Bread Soup, Lentil and Garbanzo soups. His Italian Bouillabaisse is spectacular. They charge a nominal $10.00 corkage fee. The waitress is top notch and keeps on top of everything. She is as hospitable as she is professional. One dish not to miss the the Fried Calamari. They are not the least bit oily, the squid is so tender and the coating is light as a feather. This is one of my favorite dishes so I have had it all over the country but this is by far the best. If you have a chance to get a dish with Risotto make sure to do it. It is tediously made to order and that makes all the difference. The location is in a hidden away mini-mall but don't let that discourage you. I am quite confident that this will be your next favorite place. Even if I lived far away I would still make the drive to experience food this good prepared by a highly skilled Italian Chef.

Pros: Inexpensive, Excellent food, Parking Lot

Cons: Can't afford to eat there every night

 

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