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17 Fresh Pastas to Try Right Now in Los Angeles

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hasmapimage.jpgThe pasta rollers are running in restaurants across town, and not just at the Italian places. Despite the general aversion to carbs in Los Angeles, people are flocking to fresh pasta because of one simple reason: it's delicious. Paired with seasonal ingredients, chefs across town are finding inspiration in flour, water, and egg (or sometimes, not even eggs). Here now, 17 fresh pastas, all made in house, to try right now in Los Angeles.

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1. Bucato

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3280 Helms Ave
Culver City, CA 90034
(310) 876-0286
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The macaroni di busa is a signature item that involves noodles carefully wrapped around thin sticks to make a unique, Sardinian pasta tossed with a meaty ragu. The texture is unlike any pasta you've had before, like what mac & cheese aspires to be in its wildest dreams.

2. Scarpetta

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225 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860-7970
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There are plenty of fantastic pastas at Scarpetta, and the spaghetti is no exception, but go beyond that famous dish and try the tagliatelle with sausage sugo, the flavors of which gently coat each delicate noodle.

3. Drago Centro

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525 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 228-8998
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The crab and fettucine, loaded with fresh tomatoes and a little kick from red pepper chiles, gets rounded out with a squeeze of lemon at this stately Downtown restaurant. A dish that's hearty enough for lunch, but not too heavy to bog one down for the rest of the work day.

4. The Factory Kitchen

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1306 Factory Place
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 996-6000

The mandilli di seta is the one that everyone talks about, which is a hankerchief pasta coated in an almond basil pesto. The texture is luxurious, making it a great pasta course at this Arts District eatery.

5. Scopa Italian Roots

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2905 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Antonia Lofasa's hit Venice restaurant has a tight menu of fresh pastas, including the pappardelle with pork shank and arugula, that goes quite well with the house Negroni, prepared by barman Pablo Moix. [Photo]

6. ink.

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8360 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 651-5866
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Chef Michael Voltaggio tries to stretch the boundaries at his Melrose restaurant, and this octopus dish made with ink shells, young fennel and pimenton is a standout dish.

7. Valentino

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3115 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 829-4313

This storied Italian restaurant in Santa Monica has a great maltagliati, essentially small sheets of fresh pasta tossed with a walnut pesto.

8. Superba Snack Bar

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533 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

The wakame (seaweed) tagliatelle (formerly thin, almost angel-hair like spaghetti) with dungeness crab, uni, and miso butter is one of the most addictive pastas on earth, and hopefully something that'll never come off the menu at this stylish pastaria in Venice.

9. RivaBella

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9201 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 278-2060

The pistachio pappardelle, with wide sheets of fresh pasta, come tossed with lamb and peach ragu at this expansive Italian restaurant on the Sunset Strip.

10. The Tasting Kitchen

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1633 Abbot Kinney Rd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 392-6644
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The tagliarini with spicy serrano chilies and meaty shrimp is one of the most deceptively simple pastas in the city, but the right balance of spice with umami from the shrimp takes this one over the top.

Tagliarini with shrimp and chiles at The Tasting Kitchen

11. Salt Air

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1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 396-9333
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The house-made linguini with the pistachio pesto is pure comfort in a bowl, covered with a dusting of parmesan cheese and cracked black pepper. Simple and delicious.

12. Sotto

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9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0210
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The fileja calabresi, almost like long twisted sheets made into tubes, comes tossed in a spicy sausage ragu, mustard greens for a bitter counterpoint, and of course, spicy calabrian chiles for that hit of heat.[Photo]

13. Comme Ça

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8479 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 782-1104
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The English pea ravioli is just about the most seasonal thing to get right now, even if this is a French restaurant. Served with roasted carrot and rounded out with spiced Greek yogurt, the sunflower seeds just add a bit of extra crunch.

14. Bourbon Steak

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237 S. Brand Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 91204
(818) 839-4130

More English peas on the way, but this time in the form of a morel mushroom sauce laced into plush dumplings of agnolotti. Asparagus adds some textural crush to the dish while meyer lemon brightens up the rich flavors a bit at this Glendale steakhouse by Michael Mina.

15. Spago Beverly Hills

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176 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 385-0880
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This ravioli is made with pistachio dough and gets filled with Humboldt Fog goat cheese. Then comes a sprinkling of yet some more English peas (very much in season right now), for an elegant part of the tasting menu. The agnolotti filled with mascarpone and laced with English peas is another a la carte pasta worth ordering.

16. Faith & Flower

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705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 239-0642
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The oxtail agnolotti at this new Downtown eatery gets a little surprise with every third bite or so: a nob of bone marrow. Don't fear though, a tangerine salsa tempers the richness a bit.

17. Crossroads

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8284 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

The tortelloni here is all plant-based, which means no egg in the pasta. The texture is slightly different, but still quite satisfying for diners looking for a delicious vegan pasta. Filled with almond cheese and laced with oven-dried tomatoes, it's rich and addictive.

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1. Bucato

3280 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

The macaroni di busa is a signature item that involves noodles carefully wrapped around thin sticks to make a unique, Sardinian pasta tossed with a meaty ragu. The texture is unlike any pasta you've had before, like what mac & cheese aspires to be in its wildest dreams.

3280 Helms Ave
Culver City, CA 90034

2. Scarpetta

225 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

There are plenty of fantastic pastas at Scarpetta, and the spaghetti is no exception, but go beyond that famous dish and try the tagliatelle with sausage sugo, the flavors of which gently coat each delicate noodle.

225 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

3. Drago Centro

525 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The crab and fettucine, loaded with fresh tomatoes and a little kick from red pepper chiles, gets rounded out with a squeeze of lemon at this stately Downtown restaurant. A dish that's hearty enough for lunch, but not too heavy to bog one down for the rest of the work day.

525 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

4. The Factory Kitchen

1306 Factory Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013

The mandilli di seta is the one that everyone talks about, which is a hankerchief pasta coated in an almond basil pesto. The texture is luxurious, making it a great pasta course at this Arts District eatery.

1306 Factory Place
Los Angeles, CA 90013

5. Scopa Italian Roots

2905 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Antonia Lofasa's hit Venice restaurant has a tight menu of fresh pastas, including the pappardelle with pork shank and arugula, that goes quite well with the house Negroni, prepared by barman Pablo Moix. [Photo]

2905 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

6. ink.

8360 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Chef Michael Voltaggio tries to stretch the boundaries at his Melrose restaurant, and this octopus dish made with ink shells, young fennel and pimenton is a standout dish.

8360 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069

7. Valentino

3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

This storied Italian restaurant in Santa Monica has a great maltagliati, essentially small sheets of fresh pasta tossed with a walnut pesto.

3115 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

8. Superba Snack Bar

533 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

The wakame (seaweed) tagliatelle (formerly thin, almost angel-hair like spaghetti) with dungeness crab, uni, and miso butter is one of the most addictive pastas on earth, and hopefully something that'll never come off the menu at this stylish pastaria in Venice.

533 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

9. RivaBella

9201 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

The pistachio pappardelle, with wide sheets of fresh pasta, come tossed with lamb and peach ragu at this expansive Italian restaurant on the Sunset Strip.

9201 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

10. The Tasting Kitchen

1633 Abbot Kinney Rd, Venice, CA 90291
Tagliarini with shrimp and chiles at The Tasting Kitchen

The tagliarini with spicy serrano chilies and meaty shrimp is one of the most deceptively simple pastas in the city, but the right balance of spice with umami from the shrimp takes this one over the top.

1633 Abbot Kinney Rd
Venice, CA 90291

11. Salt Air

1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

The house-made linguini with the pistachio pesto is pure comfort in a bowl, covered with a dusting of parmesan cheese and cracked black pepper. Simple and delicious.

1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

12. Sotto

9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

The fileja calabresi, almost like long twisted sheets made into tubes, comes tossed in a spicy sausage ragu, mustard greens for a bitter counterpoint, and of course, spicy calabrian chiles for that hit of heat.[Photo]

9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

13. Comme Ça

8479 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

The English pea ravioli is just about the most seasonal thing to get right now, even if this is a French restaurant. Served with roasted carrot and rounded out with spiced Greek yogurt, the sunflower seeds just add a bit of extra crunch.

8479 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

14. Bourbon Steak

237 S. Brand Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 91204

More English peas on the way, but this time in the form of a morel mushroom sauce laced into plush dumplings of agnolotti. Asparagus adds some textural crush to the dish while meyer lemon brightens up the rich flavors a bit at this Glendale steakhouse by Michael Mina.

237 S. Brand Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 91204

15. Spago Beverly Hills

176 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This ravioli is made with pistachio dough and gets filled with Humboldt Fog goat cheese. Then comes a sprinkling of yet some more English peas (very much in season right now), for an elegant part of the tasting menu. The agnolotti filled with mascarpone and laced with English peas is another a la carte pasta worth ordering.

176 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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16. Faith & Flower

705 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The oxtail agnolotti at this new Downtown eatery gets a little surprise with every third bite or so: a nob of bone marrow. Don't fear though, a tangerine salsa tempers the richness a bit.

705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

17. Crossroads

8284 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

The tortelloni here is all plant-based, which means no egg in the pasta. The texture is slightly different, but still quite satisfying for diners looking for a delicious vegan pasta. Filled with almond cheese and laced with oven-dried tomatoes, it's rich and addictive.

8284 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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