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5 Classic Italian Eateries

BY The Editors | June 16, 2017 | Feature Features

Head to these five Italian hot spots for some of the best pizzas and pastas in town.
Play it cool on Cecconi's covered patio—open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Cecconi’s This chichi Italian restaurant (think: chandeliers, white tablecloths, fancy drinks, tableside truffle shavings) is imported from London’s Mayfair district. Popular with the lunch and dinner crowd, the black truffle pizza is a must, as is the branzino with tomatoes, cherry peppers and olives. Look around, you never know who you might see at this social spot. 8764 Melrose Ave., 310.432.2000

Culina Locals and hotel guests alike flock to this beautiful eatery for modern Italian cuisine from chef Mirko Paderno, including impeccable crudo, handmade pastas and brick-oven-baked pizzas. Before dinner, sit down at Vinoteca, the restaurant’s wine bar, for an extensive selection of Italian wines and small bites. The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, 310.860.4000

Giorgio Baldi The upscale Italian eatery in Santa Monica Canyon has some of the most delicious and authentic pastas on the Westside. The Ricciarelle al Tartufo, a homemade papardelle in white truffle sauce, is a favorite, as is the simple yet delicious gnocchi with meat sauce. 114 West Channel Road, 310.573.1660

Jon & Vinny’s The moment you step into Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s Scandinavian-style shrine to East Coast Italian fare, you’re immediately embraced as part of the family. Perfectly charred pizzas (try the fresh burrata and tomato L.A. Woman), housemade pastas and flavorful meatballs are just some of the highlights. 412 N. Fairfax Ave., 323.334.3369

Madeo A great spot to dine next to celebrities, this unassuming Italian resto is known for its spaghetti alla Bolognese and the off-the-menu black truffle pasta. For dessert, make sure to try the homemade coconut sorbet served in the fruit’s shell. 8897 Beverly Blvd., 310.859.4903

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