There’s something so satisfying about the humble lasagna. The dishes evokes images of families gathered around the table, sharing a steaming pan of gut-busting deliciousness. But for those who don’t want to spend hours layering pasta, ragu, and béchamel, Los Angeles is rife with fantastic iterations of the home-style classic, from the straightforward and iconic to the new-style versions that have been taking LA’s Instagram feeds by storm. Here now, 12 of LA’s best lasagnas, presented north to south.Read More
11 Great Lasagnas to Love Around Los Angeles
Layers on layers of deliciousness
1. La Pergoletta
While La Pergoletta may be primarily known for its customizable pasta menu, don’t overlook the lasagna that comes in bolognese and cream of mushroom varieties, especially now that they have two locations in Los Feliz and Silver Lake, respectively.
2. Crossroads Kitchen
Crossroads Kitchen really can do it all, from seafood-less seafood towers to a spectacular lasagna that comes with almond ricotta and plenty of marinara.
3. Dan Tana's
One of Hollywood’s most legendary restaurants has been serving its popular lasagna for decades. Although the dish may seem rather pricey, like most of the dishes at the iconic eatery, the hefty helping is more than enough to share.
4. Viale dei Romani
Viale dei Romani is the Italian talk of the town in West Hollywood. The buzzy Casey Lane spot has lots to enjoy on the menu, but perhaps nothing is as prominent in diners minds than the insanely-layered lasagna.
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5. Angelini Osteria
There may be no more iconic lasagna in all of Los Angeles than Angelini Osteria’s lasagna verde omaggio nonna Elvira. Housemade spinach pasta is layered with beef and veal ragu, béchamel, and parmigiana reggiano. The omission of ricotta keeps the dish surprisingly light, while the signature topping of fried spinach leaves adds a level of textural interplay that all other lasagnas should aspire to attain.
6. Maccheroni Republic
This mid-range pasta bar is a haven for wine lovers and Downtowners wanting a casual meal that won’t break the bank. The lasagna di carne sticks to the ribs with its hearty meat ragout and plenty of cheese.
It’s hard to imagine a more popular lasagna right now than the one at Nightshade, Mei Lin’s Asian-leaning Arts District restaurant. The layers are filled to with tofu and spices to resemble a mapo tofu in both texture and taste, but eating the thing inside the decadent dining room, formerly a warehouse, is purely unique to Los Angeles.
8. Pasta Sisters
This affordable Culver City favorite makes housemade pastas for astonishingly affordable prices, and is a real hidden gem for pasta aficionados. The lasagna is no different, made with the restaurant’s own pasta sheets, Bolognese sauce, besciamella, and parmigiano cheese.
Sugarfish co-founder Lele Massimini reformatted Sugarfish’s affordable model to pasta, with sub $20 prices on all of its dishes. The handmade dish (the pasta for the lasagna is actually made in Bologna, Italy and flown over) comes with green pasta is certainly one of the heavier options, layered will all sorts of meaty goodness.
10. Scopa Italian Roots
From easy-drinking cocktails to those famous rice balls, Antonia Lofaso’s Venice mainstay offers many tasty things within its brick-walled confines. The lasagna is one of them, thanks to layers on layers of Italian sausage, meat sauce, and parmesan.
11. Jame Enoteca
El Segundo is buzzing about Jame Enoteca, the corner strip mall pasta spot that’s dedicated to making things by hand. The rustic touch works well for rotating lasagnas like their occasional mushroom option that’s served in a skillet.