Los Angeles is chock-full of great places for pasta, which is ironic considering its reputation as a carb-fearing town. Restaurants across the Southland are serving silky strands rooted in Italian tradition and fusing it with chefs’ culinary sensibilities and California’s pristine seasonal produce — it’s a winning Cal-Ital formula. Here now are 14 places to dive into a stellar plate of noodles in Los Angeles.Read More
14 Phenomenal Places for Pasta in Los Angeles
LA has always had a love affair with all things Italian
Nab a table at Union for a taste of chef Christopher Keyser’s cooking. The torchetti is topped with a Calabrese pork ragu, ricotta, crispy rosemary leaves, and best of all, an intense dried chile oil that the chef calls “pizza grease.” The squid ink lumache with Maine lobster and truffle butter satisfies with subtlety.
Chef Matt Molina’s Hippo in Highland Park continues to draw crowds hungry for a California take on handmade pasta, large-format proteins, and plenty of cocktails. The patio is especially fetching this time of year, and so is the corn-stuffed agnolotti — get it if it’s on the menu.
Indian and Italian flavors mingle beautifully at this Indian sports bar decked out in neutral tones in the former Happy Foot/Sad Foot clinic in Silver Lake. Pasta offerings from Roberta’s alum, Miles Shorey, include rigatoni with coriander-spiked tomato masala and cream, and shells with nihari braised lamb, fennel, and sumac yogurt.
The perfect meal at chef Chad Colby’s Antico Nuovo begins with a piping hot focaccia, followed by all the pastas a party can handle. The half-dozen or so varieties change with the season and the chef’s whims. The delicate rabbit-filled parcels (plin dell’ alta langa) are not to be missed, along with the classic pappardelle with beef cheek and veal tongue ragu. Snag a seat along the open kitchen for a front-row view of all the magic.
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Angelini Osteria is a Beverly Boulevard legend thanks to chef Gino Angelini and his incredible pasta making skills. From the restaurant’s signature lemon cream pasta to ones made with sea urchin — this is a true pasta haven. The fried basil-topped lasagna is notable as well.
It’s hard to deny that chef Evan Funke’s eponymous restaurant in Beverly Hills is the new epicenter of pasta in Los Angeles. The restaurant’s two-story glass-and-steel workshop cranks out a dozen different shapes: six formed by hand and six that are extruded. In addition to the popular pastas served at the chef’s other restaurants (Mother Wolf and Felix), Funke brings in a few newcomers like the Piemontese classic agnolotti dal plin.
La Dolce Vita
LA isn’t known for its red sauce spots, but the newly rebooted La Dolce Vita may change some minds. Consider the restaurant’s spaghetti and meatballs the Platonic ideal. Tack on an order of veal Parmesan and a crisp-cold martini for a truly standout evening.
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Top Chef’s Jackson Kalb brings a plethora of East Coast Italian seafood to the main San Vicente Boulevard strip. While the linguine alle vongole and the squid ink prawn scampi are sure to please, it’s the whole lobster fettuccini for two that everyone’s talking about.
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The Factory Kitchen
It’s been a decade since the Factory Kitchen opened its doors and wowed diners with its magnificent mandilli di seta, handkerchief pasta in a basil-almond pesto. Swing into the Arts District stalwart for the signature dish, along with pillowy plates of gnocchi ladled with veal sugo and tangles of tagliatelle served with a braised venison ragu.
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Inspired by the cuisine of Bologna, Italy, Steve Samson’s open, airy Rossoblu is the place for long-simmered meat sauces that coat stunning iterations of housemade noodles: Think pastas like delicate tortelloni with Swiss chard, ricotta, and butter, or matagliati prepared with two kinds of mushrooms.
Cento Pasta Bar
This former pop-up, which ran for several years as a lunch residency at Downtown’s Mignon, landed a brick-and-mortar location with generous outdoor seating in West Adams in 2021. Pasta preparations include spaghetti topped with a generous dollop of burrata and golden slabs of Santa Barbara sea urchin, as well as linguini bathed in sweet corn carbonara.
Whether in the mood to hop behind the stove or just simply reheat, Pasta Sisters has noodle lovers covered. Freshly made spaghetti, tagliatelle, pappardelle, and lasagna sheets are available for sale, along with composed dishes like pasta with bottarga and pasta with porcini mushrooms.
Straightforward and satisfying Italian American fare is the specialty at Sunday Gravy. Look for red checkered tablecloths and the genre’s greatest hits like cheesy garlic bread, New York-style cheesecake, and fettuccini Alfredo.
The team behind Long Beach’s pizza mini-chain Little Coyote has created a menu of takeaway mix-and-match pastas and sauces that leans on comforting Italian American flavors. Choose from shapes like farfalle, fettuccine, and gluten-free penne rigate, then top your pasta of choice with a simple sauce like Alfredo, marinara, or beef ragu. Toss on some toppings like crunchy breadcrumbs or creamy burrata, and then take your order to-go.