La Sosta Enoteca

★★★☆☆

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We had pasta, it was good. Overall, a great meal and a nice place to eat.

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★★★★☆

We had pasta, it was good. Overall, a great meal and a nice place to eat.

Pros: Good food, nice atmosphere

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Not only was the food woefully overpriced ($20-$30 for a modest portion of pasta; $40 for entrees) and underwhelming, but the management proved to be completely unethical. When I used a $200 gift certificate for a $94 dinner tab, the manager refused to give me the rest back - as either credit or cash. I wasn't expecting money back, but certainly credit for future meals. They refused to let me have either and were rude in the process. Give that they already had the money (my staff had given them $200 for the purchase of the certificate as a gift), this practice is beyond unreasonable and well into unsavory.
If anyone is considering going there, I'd take a pass. There are many better, cheaper and more honest establishments in the area.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not only was the food woefully overpriced ($20-$30 for a modest portion of pasta; $40 for entrees) and underwhelming, but the management proved to be completely unethical. When I used a $200 gift certificate for a $94 dinner tab, the manager refused to give me the rest back - as either credit or cash. I wasn't expecting money back, but certainly credit for future meals. They refused to let me have either and were rude in the process. Give that they already had the money (my staff had given them $200 for the purchase of the certificate as a gift), this practice is beyond unreasonable and well into unsavory.
If anyone is considering going there, I'd take a pass. There are many better, cheaper and more honest establishments in the area.

Pros: candle light

Cons: bad attitude, overpriced food, stingy portions, mediocre meals

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Bottom line - The food is good, the the atmosphere is good, BUT the portions are quite a bit smaller than you will get at an average Italian restaurant, the service is poor, and this place is extremely OVER PRICED. I have no problem spending a nice chunk of change for a good piece of meet. But come one, we are talking about $25 for a plate of pasta which costs about 35 cents. Great Italian food should not be this expensive.

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★☆☆☆☆

Bottom line - The food is good, the the atmosphere is good, BUT the portions are quite a bit smaller than you will get at an average Italian restaurant, the service is poor, and this place is extremely OVER PRICED. I have no problem spending a nice chunk of change for a good piece of meet. But come one, we are talking about $25 for a plate of pasta which costs about 35 cents. Great Italian food should not be this expensive.

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I'd like to start this review by saying I am definately and LA eater and will spend an atrocious amount of money for good food. This restaurant has high prices similar to a top rated LA star chef but I am not sure its fair for the quality of food you recieve. We had a caprese salad which was quite outstanding however we paid $17 for it! That was a bit ridiculous. We also tried a delcious bean salad-- beans, sauteed onions, and raddichio-- also $17 dollars. The food was all around very good but the portions are quite small the the prices quite high. Keep this in mind when you are visiting. For this reason, it will probably be another 4 years until we return.

1
★★★☆☆

I'd like to start this review by saying I am definately and LA eater and will spend an atrocious amount of money for good food. This restaurant has high prices similar to a top rated LA star chef but I am not sure its fair for the quality of food you recieve. We had a caprese salad which was quite outstanding however we paid $17 for it! That was a bit ridiculous. We also tried a delcious bean salad-- beans, sauteed onions, and raddichio-- also $17 dollars. The food was all around very good but the portions are quite small the the prices quite high. Keep this in mind when you are visiting. For this reason, it will probably be another 4 years until we return.

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After passing by many times, we decided to give it a try. We had no reservations and arrived at 7p. After dramatically checking his watch mutiple times, we were seated in this small but charming restaurant with only about 15 tables, which only 2-3 were full at that time.

After sitting about 10 minutes, we had to raise our voice to ask for service as did the others around us of the new guests coming in.

The menus had appetizers and pastas that indicated the prices but the entire second page which were the "specials" had no prices. When I asked for the prices, the waiter said he will tell me them. I wanted to have him recite each price of about 15 items but didn't want to suffer that much.

The food we ordered was simple and very, very good. With constant summons-ing and waiting however this dinner was not so much enjoyable. And the prices were too high for what we had to go through.

2
★★☆☆☆

After passing by many times, we decided to give it a try. We had no reservations and arrived at 7p. After dramatically checking his watch mutiple times, we were seated in this small but charming restaurant with only about 15 tables, which only 2-3 were full at that time.

After sitting about 10 minutes, we had to raise our voice to ask for service as did the others around us of the new guests coming in.

The menus had appetizers and pastas that indicated the prices but the entire second page which were the "specials" had no prices. When I asked for the prices, the waiter said he will tell me them. I wanted to have him recite each price of about 15 items but didn't want to suffer that much.

The food we ordered was simple and very, very good. With constant summons-ing and waiting however this dinner was not so much enjoyable. And the prices were too high for what we had to go through.

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After years of passing by La Sosta Enoteca, my wife and I finally decided to give it a try. What a revelation!! Everything about LSE is right from the top drawer. The food is prepared with the respect for each individual ingredient that Italians have hard-coded in their DNA, and the dishes reflect the fierce regionality and austerity that is a hallmark of 'la Cucina Italiana'. And, of course, it is all absolutely delicious, and complemented with a fantastic wine list.

I will not dispute or disparage the negative reviews that are on this page - I was not there, so I cannot say what someone else's experience was like. I will just say that my own experience was markedly different. This was unquestionably the most authentic Italian dining experience I've had outside of Italy. I feel too many American's perception of Italian food has been shaped by the red sauce/checkered tablecloth stereotype, and that's unfortunate. Frankly, my own tendency is to avoid 'Italian' restaurants in this country altogether, because they cater too much to that American sensibility - Olive Garden must be 'authentic' cos they have a cooking school in central Tuscany. Phooey! The true beauty of Italian food, regardless of its region of origin, is simplicity and balance.

La Sosta Enoteca, however, is that rarest of exceptions. An Italian restaurant in America that not only holds on to its roots, but shows them off with dazzling expertise and panache. True, it's not cheap, and the parking situation leaves a lot to be desired. But I cannot wait to go back and really explore the menu. Highest possible recommendation.

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★★★★★

After years of passing by La Sosta Enoteca, my wife and I finally decided to give it a try. What a revelation!! Everything about LSE is right from the top drawer. The food is prepared with the respect for each individual ingredient that Italians have hard-coded in their DNA, and the dishes reflect the fierce regionality and austerity that is a hallmark of 'la Cucina Italiana'. And, of course, it is all absolutely delicious, and complemented with a fantastic wine list.

I will not dispute or disparage the negative reviews that are on this page - I was not there, so I cannot say what someone else's experience was like. I will just say that my own experience was markedly different. This was unquestionably the most authentic Italian dining experience I've had outside of Italy. I feel too many American's perception of Italian food has been shaped by the red sauce/checkered tablecloth stereotype, and that's unfortunate. Frankly, my own tendency is to avoid 'Italian' restaurants in this country altogether, because they cater too much to that American sensibility - Olive Garden must be 'authentic' cos they have a cooking school in central Tuscany. Phooey! The true beauty of Italian food, regardless of its region of origin, is simplicity and balance.

La Sosta Enoteca, however, is that rarest of exceptions. An Italian restaurant in America that not only holds on to its roots, but shows them off with dazzling expertise and panache. True, it's not cheap, and the parking situation leaves a lot to be desired. But I cannot wait to go back and really explore the menu. Highest possible recommendation.

Pros: True Northern Italian food experience

Cons: Poor parking, a little pricey

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La sosta enoteca is a wonderful restaurant. This place is so good, that you will have to look very hard to match it in quality. The food is great but be prepared the check may be a little heavy.

4
★★★★☆

La sosta enoteca is a wonderful restaurant. This place is so good, that you will have to look very hard to match it in quality. The food is great but be prepared the check may be a little heavy.

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This is the best Italian food in the South Bay. Period. The ingredients are top notch and everything is executed to perfection. My wife and I live down the street, and this is one of our favorite places to grab a bite.

The cutting board, an assortment of cured meats and cheeses, is the standout appetizer. My favorite is the buffalo reggiano with the truffle honey. For the primi piatti, go for any of the gnocchi, as they are some of the softest potato pillows I've had this side of Rome. Also, the duck papardelle is a standout.

For the secondi, I would say the fish is a standout. Mediterranean fish like Orada and Branzino are often on the menu and have all been excellent. For desert, go with the profiteroles with chocolate sauce; you won't regret it. The wine list is pretty good, if your are in the mood for an interesting Italian wine.

The atmosphere is great and the decor is sheik. Almost everyone who works here is Italian, so if you close your eyes, you might even imagine yourself on a busy Roman street, as you sip your Barolo.

So why only four stars, you may ask?

The answer is simple: the portions are too small. While the food is excellent, the prices are on the high side and it inexcusable that they give you so little (especially on the pasta dishes). I don't mind paying for good food, but even I have a limit. Also, the seating is incredibly tight and the tables are actually very low. I'm 6'6", so my legs have trouble clearing the bottom of the table. If they up the portion sizes, I would give this restaurant five stars and would be there weekly. Still, it is definitely worth trying at least once.

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★★★★☆

This is the best Italian food in the South Bay. Period. The ingredients are top notch and everything is executed to perfection. My wife and I live down the street, and this is one of our favorite places to grab a bite.

The cutting board, an assortment of cured meats and cheeses, is the standout appetizer. My favorite is the buffalo reggiano with the truffle honey. For the primi piatti, go for any of the gnocchi, as they are some of the softest potato pillows I've had this side of Rome. Also, the duck papardelle is a standout.

For the secondi, I would say the fish is a standout. Mediterranean fish like Orada and Branzino are often on the menu and have all been excellent. For desert, go with the profiteroles with chocolate sauce; you won't regret it. The wine list is pretty good, if your are in the mood for an interesting Italian wine.

The atmosphere is great and the decor is sheik. Almost everyone who works here is Italian, so if you close your eyes, you might even imagine yourself on a busy Roman street, as you sip your Barolo.

So why only four stars, you may ask?

The answer is simple: the portions are too small. While the food is excellent, the prices are on the high side and it inexcusable that they give you so little (especially on the pasta dishes). I don't mind paying for good food, but even I have a limit. Also, the seating is incredibly tight and the tables are actually very low. I'm 6'6", so my legs have trouble clearing the bottom of the table. If they up the portion sizes, I would give this restaurant five stars and would be there weekly. Still, it is definitely worth trying at least once.

Pros: Solid Italian Food

Cons: A bit pricey

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Renowned for its salumi and cheese board (great as a shared appetizer), this place also has excellent house-made pastas, as well as tasty entrees and desserts. Service is usually skilled and friendly (tho the last time we went, we had a waiter we'd never seen before who spoke little English and was positively surly). The noise level is high so if you're looking for a quiet, romantic evening, this might not be your choice. But all in all a good experience. Reservations are pretty much essential as this is one of the few South Bay restaurants that matches Westside eateries in quality.

4
★★★★☆

Renowned for its salumi and cheese board (great as a shared appetizer), this place also has excellent house-made pastas, as well as tasty entrees and desserts. Service is usually skilled and friendly (tho the last time we went, we had a waiter we'd never seen before who spoke little English and was positively surly). The noise level is high so if you're looking for a quiet, romantic evening, this might not be your choice. But all in all a good experience. Reservations are pretty much essential as this is one of the few South Bay restaurants that matches Westside eateries in quality.

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We had heard from friends this restaurant was worth visiting.
I took my boyfriend there for his birthday. Forget the overpriced food, but when we
ordered our entrees, his the gnocci with lobster AND my fettucini with meat
and mushrooms arrived over salty. My mouth filled with anticipation quickly led to disappointment. The waiter took my pasta back and the owner came out to see if I would want another dish without the meat as he thought that might have been what was salty.
Then another pasta dish came out and THAT was very salty. Our dining neighbors also agreed that their dishes were very salty as well who were also out trying to enjoy a birthday too.. The third plate was soggy wet noodles with no taste and my tongue was laced with salt at that point and could not even think of eating. The horrible part of it all was when I got the bill,
the owner intentionally wanted to charge me close to $30 for something
I didn't even eat!! He argued with me in front of all the dining customers
for at least 10 minutes. HOW RUDE! Finally, he took it off the bill.
I will not be going back there again!
For that much money for just an average experience, there are far
better places to go.!

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★☆☆☆☆

We had heard from friends this restaurant was worth visiting.
I took my boyfriend there for his birthday. Forget the overpriced food, but when we
ordered our entrees, his the gnocci with lobster AND my fettucini with meat
and mushrooms arrived over salty. My mouth filled with anticipation quickly led to disappointment. The waiter took my pasta back and the owner came out to see if I would want another dish without the meat as he thought that might have been what was salty.
Then another pasta dish came out and THAT was very salty. Our dining neighbors also agreed that their dishes were very salty as well who were also out trying to enjoy a birthday too.. The third plate was soggy wet noodles with no taste and my tongue was laced with salt at that point and could not even think of eating. The horrible part of it all was when I got the bill,
the owner intentionally wanted to charge me close to $30 for something
I didn't even eat!! He argued with me in front of all the dining customers
for at least 10 minutes. HOW RUDE! Finally, he took it off the bill.
I will not be going back there again!
For that much money for just an average experience, there are far
better places to go.!

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I say micro because you will need a microscope to find your portion of food on your plate!! The portions were so ridiculously small that it was the bunt of our jokes at the table. (However, the bill was no laughing matter.) Way overpriced -- Imagine "Olive Garden Restaurant" quality at Quadruple the price. Sauce was like Ragu and their meat dishes rubbery. And to top it off? Service was downright rude and arrogant. Save your pocketbook and stomach and dine elsewhere!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I say micro because you will need a microscope to find your portion of food on your plate!! The portions were so ridiculously small that it was the bunt of our jokes at the table. (However, the bill was no laughing matter.) Way overpriced -- Imagine "Olive Garden Restaurant" quality at Quadruple the price. Sauce was like Ragu and their meat dishes rubbery. And to top it off? Service was downright rude and arrogant. Save your pocketbook and stomach and dine elsewhere!!

Pros: Portions perfect for the dieter

Cons: Lousy Food, Lousy Service

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I read krazytrails 4/07 review and had to respond. First, you should understand the credit card authorization procedure before you bash a restaurant/waiter. The restaurant doesn't control which cards are declined and which arent - your BANK controls it via computer. If the waiter explained that Frequent Flyer cards are getting declined more often it was just a general observation (nothing the restaurant can control). Furthermore, the bank will ONLY speak to the cardholder when it declines a card. What could the waiter possibly say to them? "She's REALLY nice." Or "She SWEARS she has the credit available." Get a grip.

Now...for La Sosta Enoteca. Saturday was my 4th visit to this establishment. We arrived at 8pm to a bustling crowd and a lively atmosphere. The venue (as well as the food) are Northern Italy all the way. This is as authentic as it gets. Waiters are mostly Italian and they have excellent knowledge of the menu. Trust me, solicit the waiter's advice with regard to portions and wine pairings - you will be pleased. The atmosphere is warm and the food is done to perfection in traditional Northern Italian style. It isn't a "cheap" evening but I find that the prices are very fair and reasonable, especially for an experience that is unique in the Los Angeles area...

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★★★☆☆

I read krazytrails 4/07 review and had to respond. First, you should understand the credit card authorization procedure before you bash a restaurant/waiter. The restaurant doesn't control which cards are declined and which arent - your BANK controls it via computer. If the waiter explained that Frequent Flyer cards are getting declined more often it was just a general observation (nothing the restaurant can control). Furthermore, the bank will ONLY speak to the cardholder when it declines a card. What could the waiter possibly say to them? "She's REALLY nice." Or "She SWEARS she has the credit available." Get a grip.

Now...for La Sosta Enoteca. Saturday was my 4th visit to this establishment. We arrived at 8pm to a bustling crowd and a lively atmosphere. The venue (as well as the food) are Northern Italy all the way. This is as authentic as it gets. Waiters are mostly Italian and they have excellent knowledge of the menu. Trust me, solicit the waiter's advice with regard to portions and wine pairings - you will be pleased. The atmosphere is warm and the food is done to perfection in traditional Northern Italian style. It isn't a "cheap" evening but I find that the prices are very fair and reasonable, especially for an experience that is unique in the Los Angeles area...

Pros: Atmosphere and Food

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Three of my girlfriends and myself went to La Sosta on a Friday nite to have a mellow evening out at La Sosta. Although the place is quite homey, the acoustics were pretty terrible. We couldn't understand anything our waiter was saying because he spoke with a heavy accent and when we asked for him to repeat what he was saying, he was highly irritated and snappy. I ordered the fish special which was 40 bucks!! I could have prepared this dish myself. My plate consisited of a piece of grilled fish and some veggies. There wasn't much effort in presentation for such an expensive meal. The lobster gnocchi was good (I sneaked a piece off my girlfriend), but a bit rich (would be good to share with someone accompanied by a salad). When it was time to pay the bill, I paid with my credit card. The waiter came back and yelled at me that the card was rejected. I told him that it was impossible ....that I had just used my credit card without any hassle and he insisted that it was my fault. I never felt so embarassed!!! I felt like I was a criminal with a stolen credit card. He demanded that I call the credit card company instead of himself (he didn't want to be bothered). As I was trying to hear the c/c company over the phone (which was impossible with the acoustics), a different waitress from the restaurant came up to me and told me that they had problems with frequent flyer credit cards (which was the type of card I had). It would've been nice if the waiter would've told me this instead of acting hostile towards me. In addition, if they know that this is a problem, why wouldn't they fix it? I was never approached by a manager and I never received an apology from anyone. So if into being yelled at and treated like a criminal by a stuck up waiter.....then this is the place for you.

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★☆☆☆☆

Three of my girlfriends and myself went to La Sosta on a Friday nite to have a mellow evening out at La Sosta. Although the place is quite homey, the acoustics were pretty terrible. We couldn't understand anything our waiter was saying because he spoke with a heavy accent and when we asked for him to repeat what he was saying, he was highly irritated and snappy. I ordered the fish special which was 40 bucks!! I could have prepared this dish myself. My plate consisited of a piece of grilled fish and some veggies. There wasn't much effort in presentation for such an expensive meal. The lobster gnocchi was good (I sneaked a piece off my girlfriend), but a bit rich (would be good to share with someone accompanied by a salad). When it was time to pay the bill, I paid with my credit card. The waiter came back and yelled at me that the card was rejected. I told him that it was impossible ....that I had just used my credit card without any hassle and he insisted that it was my fault. I never felt so embarassed!!! I felt like I was a criminal with a stolen credit card. He demanded that I call the credit card company instead of himself (he didn't want to be bothered). As I was trying to hear the c/c company over the phone (which was impossible with the acoustics), a different waitress from the restaurant came up to me and told me that they had problems with frequent flyer credit cards (which was the type of card I had). It would've been nice if the waiter would've told me this instead of acting hostile towards me. In addition, if they know that this is a problem, why wouldn't they fix it? I was never approached by a manager and I never received an apology from anyone. So if into being yelled at and treated like a criminal by a stuck up waiter.....then this is the place for you.

Cons: degrading service /overpriced

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"enoteca": stock of vintage wines. That does not translate into "hip wine bar with 1/2 carafes." Before disparaging the critiquing credentials of others, perhaps you could make sure you know what you're talking about first. You're not the only person who's eaten in Italy.

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★★★★☆

"enoteca": stock of vintage wines. That does not translate into "hip wine bar with 1/2 carafes." Before disparaging the critiquing credentials of others, perhaps you could make sure you know what you're talking about first. You're not the only person who's eaten in Italy.

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With all due respect iblondie7 must be referring to another restaurant. la Sosta is an amazing experience in every way. What do you call offering you a choice of water? That is an absurd critique. You could easily have said no water thank you or chosen one of the two. The restaurant is never empty and the portions are very normal and the quality of the food is extraordianry. My wife and I are well travelled and food snobs I must admit and La Sosta ranks up there with any. You complain the meats are sliced thin? They are supposed to be thin it's antipasto not sandwich meat. The cutting board is unique and Luca the owner personally to every table explains where each cheese and meat is from and what goes with what. Its served with truffle jam and flavored mustards and is extraordianry. The name makes no such implication, it is a restaurant! They have a very, very unique and good wine cellar specializing in hard to find Italian gems and your comment about half-glasses and carraffes shows a complete lack of understanding of fine dining! Who gets a half a glass of wine? La Sosta is packed all the time, especially on weekends with locals and folks who drive from afar to dine at this great restaurant. I think it's terribly unfair to give such a biased review and suspect you have alterior motives. My wife and I recommend La Sosta highly and we have dined there at least 20 times.

2
★★★★★

With all due respect iblondie7 must be referring to another restaurant. la Sosta is an amazing experience in every way. What do you call offering you a choice of water? That is an absurd critique. You could easily have said no water thank you or chosen one of the two. The restaurant is never empty and the portions are very normal and the quality of the food is extraordianry. My wife and I are well travelled and food snobs I must admit and La Sosta ranks up there with any. You complain the meats are sliced thin? They are supposed to be thin it's antipasto not sandwich meat. The cutting board is unique and Luca the owner personally to every table explains where each cheese and meat is from and what goes with what. Its served with truffle jam and flavored mustards and is extraordianry. The name makes no such implication, it is a restaurant! They have a very, very unique and good wine cellar specializing in hard to find Italian gems and your comment about half-glasses and carraffes shows a complete lack of understanding of fine dining! Who gets a half a glass of wine? La Sosta is packed all the time, especially on weekends with locals and folks who drive from afar to dine at this great restaurant. I think it's terribly unfair to give such a biased review and suspect you have alterior motives. My wife and I recommend La Sosta highly and we have dined there at least 20 times.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

Cons: None

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This place is very authentic. It felt like we had been transported to a little romantic restaurant in Italy. True European-style service, waiter was very helpful in guiding our wine and meal choices. The food we had was excellent, both the pasta and meat dishes, just right portions which allow you to leave the restaurant feeling perfectly full and looking forward to your next visit.

2
★★★★★

This place is very authentic. It felt like we had been transported to a little romantic restaurant in Italy. True European-style service, waiter was very helpful in guiding our wine and meal choices. The food we had was excellent, both the pasta and meat dishes, just right portions which allow you to leave the restaurant feeling perfectly full and looking forward to your next visit.

Pros: quaint, authentic Italian fair & ambience

Cons: pricey

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The first reviewer is way off. La Sosta is a gem in the South Bay which lacks for restaurants that are not "chain-owned." The atmosphere is charming, casual and inviting to sit and linger. The cutting board may be pricey but is fantastic and not something you will find elsewhere. The gnochhi with lobster is sublime, even if you are not a fan of lobster. Go for the meats..we couldn't find a bad one. This is just like that amazing meal you still remember from your last trip to Italy. Try the tiramisu and you will not be disappointed. Service was friendly and casual. You might have to call teh waiter over but that is European and I prefer that way over the stiff ones who try and get you out the door.

2
★★★★★

The first reviewer is way off. La Sosta is a gem in the South Bay which lacks for restaurants that are not "chain-owned." The atmosphere is charming, casual and inviting to sit and linger. The cutting board may be pricey but is fantastic and not something you will find elsewhere. The gnochhi with lobster is sublime, even if you are not a fan of lobster. Go for the meats..we couldn't find a bad one. This is just like that amazing meal you still remember from your last trip to Italy. Try the tiramisu and you will not be disappointed. Service was friendly and casual. You might have to call teh waiter over but that is European and I prefer that way over the stiff ones who try and get you out the door.

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Yes we were promptly seated on a Wednesday night, as the restaurant was clearly empty. The waiter greeted us with, "what kind of water would you like, flat or sparkling"? He didn't give us the choice. He was very good at explaining the menu items and specials, not very good at explaining the lack of size of the portions and mediocre quality. Rocca, where are you? Your "affetati misti" a huge plate of the best quality italian meats sliced generously for $18, compared to the "cutting board" , priced at $14/person, where the amount for "two", charged for two was more like for 1/2 a person-not to mention the meats were sliced as thin as possible. The name implies "wine bar" but there are no 1/2 glasses or 1/2 caraffes available and when I asked the, waiter said that I could order 2 glasses. Hardly the point. Since there were only about two glasses priced at $10 and under, not a real selection. The valpolicella I ordered was too warm as well. I can understand the venetian spaghetti being small, as that is typical for authentic italian, but nothing special and you had to get a magnifying glass out to find the 1/2 chopped anchovy filet, if that. Nobody ever really checked back; couldn't get the waiter's attention when we needed something; had to watch the waiter going outside to talk twice. Well I guess when your not busy after being open a year, you've got time to spare. Anyone who has been to Italy and eaten or has any savy about good quality food at the right price for what you're getting, won't be fooled by this. Not impressed.

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★★☆☆☆

Yes we were promptly seated on a Wednesday night, as the restaurant was clearly empty. The waiter greeted us with, "what kind of water would you like, flat or sparkling"? He didn't give us the choice. He was very good at explaining the menu items and specials, not very good at explaining the lack of size of the portions and mediocre quality. Rocca, where are you? Your "affetati misti" a huge plate of the best quality italian meats sliced generously for $18, compared to the "cutting board" , priced at $14/person, where the amount for "two", charged for two was more like for 1/2 a person-not to mention the meats were sliced as thin as possible. The name implies "wine bar" but there are no 1/2 glasses or 1/2 caraffes available and when I asked the, waiter said that I could order 2 glasses. Hardly the point. Since there were only about two glasses priced at $10 and under, not a real selection. The valpolicella I ordered was too warm as well. I can understand the venetian spaghetti being small, as that is typical for authentic italian, but nothing special and you had to get a magnifying glass out to find the 1/2 chopped anchovy filet, if that. Nobody ever really checked back; couldn't get the waiter's attention when we needed something; had to watch the waiter going outside to talk twice. Well I guess when your not busy after being open a year, you've got time to spare. Anyone who has been to Italy and eaten or has any savy about good quality food at the right price for what you're getting, won't be fooled by this. Not impressed.

Pros: Easy to get a seat because restaurant is empty.

Cons: Price/Portion/Quality-not equal, not a true wine bar, not warm service

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High end italian dining with a personal touch.

Delicious cheeses and immaculate entrees.

The owner and waiters will take great care to guide
your choices, including advice on their superb wine
selections.

Priced a little high, but worth the price.

2
★★★★☆

High end italian dining with a personal touch.

Delicious cheeses and immaculate entrees.

The owner and waiters will take great care to guide
your choices, including advice on their superb wine
selections.

Priced a little high, but worth the price.

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The food at Amori (was called Amici) was terrible. We started with the antipasto misto. It was missing the one meat we wanted (bresaola). It was $10 for meat you can buy in the deli section of Vons. I had the gnocci which were not homemade and had a very bland tomato sauce for $17. My husband had linguine with seafood. The pasta was undercooked, too salty and the seafood looked like it was frozen. Lastly, we dared to try the espresso which was worse than instant coffee. This is NOT authentic Italian food.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food at Amori (was called Amici) was terrible. We started with the antipasto misto. It was missing the one meat we wanted (bresaola). It was $10 for meat you can buy in the deli section of Vons. I had the gnocci which were not homemade and had a very bland tomato sauce for $17. My husband had linguine with seafood. The pasta was undercooked, too salty and the seafood looked like it was frozen. Lastly, we dared to try the espresso which was worse than instant coffee. This is NOT authentic Italian food.

Pros: friendly waiter

Cons: , price, $4 valet parking

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A street corner location at the meeting points of Hermosa and Manhattan Beach, this upscale eatery and wine bar finds a cozy familiarity among the local grocer to the million dollar homes of the area. Recognizable…

 

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