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House-made pasta at Ospi in Venice.
Wonho Frank Lee

18 Phenomenal Places to Get Pasta in Los Angeles

LA has always had a love affair with all things Italian

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House-made pasta at Ospi in Venice.
| Wonho Frank Lee

Considering Los Angeles’s reputation as a carb-fearing town, the city is chock-full of great places for pasta. Restaurants across theSouthland are serving silky strands rooted in Italian tradition and fusing it with California’s pristin e produce and seasonal sensibility. It’s a winning Cal-Ital formula. Here now are 18 places to dive into a stellar plate of noodles in Los Angeles.

Removed: Osteria Mozza, Jon and Vinny’s, Cento Pasta Bar, Jame Enoteca, Viale dei Romani, Alimento

Added: Ospi, Pasta Sisters, Cantalinis Salerno Beach Restaurant, Osteria La Buca, Spumoni, Spartina

A number of LA restaurants have resumed outdoor dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Spumoni Restaurant

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14533 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 981-7218
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It’s easy to get lost in Spumoni’s winding menu of Italian hits, so hone in on the section dedicated to homemade pastas for a toothsome selection that includes pappardelle porcini, cavatelli with broccoli rabe, and strozzapreti carbonara. With four locations in the LA area including the Valley, Santa Monica, Santa Clarita, and Hermosa Beach, it’s never been easier to satisfy a pasta craving.

2. Osteria La Buca

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14235 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 456-1216
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This newish Valley outlet of Osteria La Buca serves the same Italian staples that the 15-year-old restaurant is best known for including the unrivaled rigatoni bolognese.

3. Union Restaurant

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37 Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 795-5841
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Nab a table or some takeout 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,” while the squid ink lumache comes with Maine lobster and truffle butter.

4. Hippo

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5916 1/2, N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 545-3536
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Chef Matt Molina’s Hippo in Highland Park continues to draw crowds hungry for a California take on pastas, large-format proteins, and plenty of cocktails and wine through the pandemic. Stop in for a bite on the patio or order takeout to-go but don’t sleep on the corn-stuffed agnolotti if its on the menu.

5. Spartina

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7505 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 782-1023
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Stephen Kalt’s enduring California-Italian restaurant serves a wide variety of fresh, housemade pastas (with two sizes to boot, a starter portion and a larger entree), including short rib tortelloni and fettucine cacio e pepe.

Spartina ravioli with uni in a bowl.
Spartina
Spartina

6. Angelini Osteria

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7313 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 297-0070
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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.

7. Rossoblu

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1124 San Julian St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 749-1099
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Inspired by the cuisine of Bologna, Steve Samson’s Rossoblu is the place for long-simmered meat sauces that coat stunning iterations of housemade noodles.

8. Bestia

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2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 514-5724
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Chef Ori Menashe has more than a deft hand at cooking rustic, meat-centric Italian fare, but it is hard to argue that the real draw here are the perfect, soul-warming pastas. The spaghetti rustichella with dungeness crab and cavatelli alla norcina with housemade pork sausage and black truffle are the blockbuster hits.

Cavatelli alla Norcina at Bestia
Cavatelli alla Norcina at Bestia
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9. Pasta Sisters

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3280 Helms Ave
Culver City, CA 90232
(424) 603-4503
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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.

10. Colapasta Restaurant

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1241 5th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 310-8336
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Westsiders know Stefano De Lorenzo’s cooking well from his days at La Botte (which earned one Michelin star in 2008) and at his Venice beach restaurant Piccolo. The seasoned Italian chef is back with Colapasta, a low-key spot specializing in fresh pasta near Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. The half-moon-shaped red beet ravioli with brown butter and poppy seeds comes from De Lorenzo’s hometown.

11. Uovo

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1320 2nd St Ste A
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 425-0064
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Sugarfish co-founders Lele Massimini and Jerry Greenberg have created a standalone sensation in Uovo, the pasta-focused restaurant that aims for quality and speed. The company actually ships in pasta overnight from a kitchen they run in Bologna, Italy, serving it out of their sparse, well-appointed spaces across the city. The amatriciana is a popular order, as well as the tortellini finished with Parmesan cream or swimming in brodo.

Uovo Santa Monica’s tortellini in a white bowl.
Uovo Santa Monica
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12. The Rose Venice

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220 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-0711
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It is hard to choose what to order at the Rose Venice thanks to chef Jason Neroni’s extensive menu of everything diners want to eat. His pasta wizardry is on full display with dishes that range from classics to more creative hits like wakame spaghetti with Dungeness crab, yuzu, and sea urchin.

13. Felix

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1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 387-8622
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Evan Funke is dedicated to making noodles by hand the old fashion way. The result is some of the most extraordinary pasta in the city. Plan on making several return trips to eat through the menu broken down by regions in Italy.

14. Ospi

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2025 Pacific Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 443-5007
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Fans of El Segundo’s Jame Enoteca are sure to embrace chef Jackson Kalb and partner Melissa Saka’s new Venice spot Ospi. The southern Italian menu features a dozen house-made pastas including a spicy rigatoni alla vodka, cacio e pepe, and lemon tagliolini.

15. Sunday Gravy

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1122 Centinela Ave
Inglewood, CA 90302
(424) 227-6500
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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. 

16. Cantalinis Salerno Beach Restaurant

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193 Culver Blvd
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
(310) 821-0018
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It doesn’t get any better than Cantalinis for old-school Italian fare and hospitality. The menu is chock-full of classics including linguini with clams, fettuccine alfredo, and spaghetti with meatballs.

17. Love & Salt

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317 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-5252
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With former Mozza veteran Tracey Harada behind the stoves at this Manhattan Beach mainstay, the kitchen is turning out tremendous plates of pasta including a gnocchi with Japanese mushrooms and creste di gallo with bone marrow.

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18. Fatto a Mano

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610 Torrance Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 316-5111
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The 650-square-foot Fatto a Mano includes 14 seats, a kitchen, and a deli. Pastas, which start at a very reasonable $9 a plate, begin with a choice of sauce (carbonara, bolognese, marinara, zucchini and prawns, cacio e pepe, or pesto). Next, diners select one of seven house-extruded pastas including pappardelle, spaghetti, or linguini.

Pesto with pappardelle pasta at Fatto a Mano
Fatto a Mano
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1. Spumoni Restaurant

14533 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

It’s easy to get lost in Spumoni’s winding menu of Italian hits, so hone in on the section dedicated to homemade pastas for a toothsome selection that includes pappardelle porcini, cavatelli with broccoli rabe, and strozzapreti carbonara. With four locations in the LA area including the Valley, Santa Monica, Santa Clarita, and Hermosa Beach, it’s never been easier to satisfy a pasta craving.

14533 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

2. Osteria La Buca

14235 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

This newish Valley outlet of Osteria La Buca serves the same Italian staples that the 15-year-old restaurant is best known for including the unrivaled rigatoni bolognese.

14235 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

3. Union Restaurant

37 Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103

Nab a table or some takeout 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,” while the squid ink lumache comes with Maine lobster and truffle butter.

37 Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103

4. Hippo

5916 1/2, N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Chef Matt Molina’s Hippo in Highland Park continues to draw crowds hungry for a California take on pastas, large-format proteins, and plenty of cocktails and wine through the pandemic. Stop in for a bite on the patio or order takeout to-go but don’t sleep on the corn-stuffed agnolotti if its on the menu.

5916 1/2, N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042

5. Spartina

7505 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Spartina ravioli with uni in a bowl.
Spartina
Spartina

Stephen Kalt’s enduring California-Italian restaurant serves a wide variety of fresh, housemade pastas (with two sizes to boot, a starter portion and a larger entree), including short rib tortelloni and fettucine cacio e pepe.

7505 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

6. Angelini Osteria

7313 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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.

7313 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

7. Rossoblu

1124 San Julian St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Inspired by the cuisine of Bologna, Steve Samson’s Rossoblu is the place for long-simmered meat sauces that coat stunning iterations of housemade noodles.

1124 San Julian St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

8. Bestia

2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Cavatelli alla Norcina at Bestia
Cavatelli alla Norcina at Bestia
Crystal Coser

Chef Ori Menashe has more than a deft hand at cooking rustic, meat-centric Italian fare, but it is hard to argue that the real draw here are the perfect, soul-warming pastas. The spaghetti rustichella with dungeness crab and cavatelli alla norcina with housemade pork sausage and black truffle are the blockbuster hits.

2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021

9. Pasta Sisters

3280 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90232

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.

3280 Helms Ave
Culver City, CA 90232

10. Colapasta Restaurant

1241 5th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Westsiders know Stefano De Lorenzo’s cooking well from his days at La Botte (which earned one Michelin star in 2008) and at his Venice beach restaurant Piccolo. The seasoned Italian chef is back with Colapasta, a low-key spot specializing in fresh pasta near Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. The half-moon-shaped red beet ravioli with brown butter and poppy seeds comes from De Lorenzo’s hometown.

1241 5th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

11. Uovo

1320 2nd St Ste A, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Uovo Santa Monica’s tortellini in a white bowl.
Uovo Santa Monica
Wonho Frank Lee

Sugarfish co-founders Lele Massimini and Jerry Greenberg have created a standalone sensation in Uovo, the pasta-focused restaurant that aims for quality and speed. The company actually ships in pasta overnight from a kitchen they run in Bologna, Italy, serving it out of their sparse, well-appointed spaces across the city. The amatriciana is a popular order, as well as the tortellini finished with Parmesan cream or swimming in brodo.

1320 2nd St Ste A
Santa Monica, CA 90401

12. The Rose Venice

220 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

It is hard to choose what to order at the Rose Venice thanks to chef Jason Neroni’s extensive menu of everything diners want to eat. His pasta wizardry is on full display with dishes that range from classics to more creative hits like wakame spaghetti with Dungeness crab, yuzu, and sea urchin.

220 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

13. Felix

1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Evan Funke is dedicated to making noodles by hand the old fashion way. The result is some of the most extraordinary pasta in the city. Plan on making several return trips to eat through the menu broken down by regions in Italy.

1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

14. Ospi

2025 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Fans of El Segundo’s Jame Enoteca are sure to embrace chef Jackson Kalb and partner Melissa Saka’s new Venice spot Ospi. The southern Italian menu features a dozen house-made pastas including a spicy rigatoni alla vodka, cacio e pepe, and lemon tagliolini.

2025 Pacific Ave
Venice, CA 90291

15. Sunday Gravy

1122 Centinela Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302

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. 

1122 Centinela Ave
Inglewood, CA 90302

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16. Cantalinis Salerno Beach Restaurant

193 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

It doesn’t get any better than Cantalinis for old-school Italian fare and hospitality. The menu is chock-full of classics including linguini with clams, fettuccine alfredo, and spaghetti with meatballs.

193 Culver Blvd
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

17. Love & Salt

317 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Love & Salt
Love & Salt
Crystal Coser

With former Mozza veteran Tracey Harada behind the stoves at this Manhattan Beach mainstay, the kitchen is turning out tremendous plates of pasta including a gnocchi with Japanese mushrooms and creste di gallo with bone marrow.

317 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

18. Fatto a Mano

610 Torrance Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Pesto with pappardelle pasta at Fatto a Mano
Fatto a Mano
Matthew Kang

The 650-square-foot Fatto a Mano includes 14 seats, a kitchen, and a deli. Pastas, which start at a very reasonable $9 a plate, begin with a choice of sauce (carbonara, bolognese, marinara, zucchini and prawns, cacio e pepe, or pesto). Next, diners select one of seven house-extruded pastas including pappardelle, spaghetti, or linguini.

610 Torrance Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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