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Ravioli di nonna at Antico Nuovo.
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17 Phenomenal Places to Get Pasta in Los Angeles

LA has always had a love affair with all things Italian

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Ravioli di nonna at Antico Nuovo.
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Considering Los Angeles’s reputation as a carb-fearing town, the city is chock-full of great places for pasta. Restaurants across the Southland are serving silky strands rooted in Italian tradition and fusing it with California’s pristine produce and seasonal sensibility. It’s a winning Cal-Ital formula. Here now are 17 places to dive into a stellar plate of noodles in Los Angeles.

Removed: Spumoni, Cantalini’s, Love and Salt, Fatto a Mano, Osteria La Buca, Rose Venice

Added: Crossroads, Etta, Eatalian Cafe, Antico Nuovo, Forma

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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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

4. Crossroads Kitchen

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8284 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 782-9245
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Crossroads Kitchen is where innovative chef Tal Ronnen makes pasta by hand. The dish is a huge step forward in vegan cuisine, as fresh pasta typically requires eggs. The kitchen prepares wonderful fettucine, rigatoni, and anolini pasta with a firm al dente bite, and delicious sauces to boot. Try the hearty bolognese and carbonara complete with a runny tomato-based “egg.” —Mona Holmes

Pasta from Crossroads.
Pasta from Crossroads.
Crossroads

5. Antico Nuovo

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4653 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 510-3093
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Chef Chad Colby has entire team dedicated to processing Antico Nuovo’s handmade spaghetti, ravioli, pappardelle, and other pastas, which are made with some of LA’s most unique sauces. The spaghetti with uni is delicately rich, so is the bigoli with the delightful duck offal ragu. The pillowy ravioli di nonna takes more subtle cues. Whichever pasta you choose, come with a group to sample them all with a few servings of foccacia bread. —Mona Holmes

Ravioli di nonna at Antico Nuovo.
Ravioli di nonna.
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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. Forma Restaurant & Cheese Bar

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1610 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(424) 231-2868
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Santa Monica’s Forma is a haven for pasta-lovers well-versed in the art of handmade noodles and lots of cheese. As the full name of the place notes, Forma’s interplay with cheese and pasta is legendary, including an entire menu section where just-finished noodles are worked together inside of a large wheel of Italian cheese for the added creamy decadence. Cacio e pepe anyone? —Farley Elliott

Forma Brings All-Day Italian Excellence to Santa Monica’s Montana Ave. Strip
Forma Santa Monica
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9. 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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10. 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.

Porcini mushroom tagliatelle at Pasta Sisters.
Porcini mushroom tagliatelle at Pasta Sisters.
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11. etta Culver City

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8801 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(424) 570-4444
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Chicago import Etta has a sturdy handmade pasta portion of its menu that riffs on classic Italian dishes. The agnolotti should be filled with corn or cheese, but instead gets a cacio e pepe sauce while the cassarecce has a delightful, bouncy texture with a meaty, savory bolognese. Snail shell lumache pasta comes with bright sungold tomato and basil for something that will remind you of a spring day in Italy. —Matthew Kang

A fork inside of a spiraled plate of pasta shown from the side.
Pasta from Etta.
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12. 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.

13. 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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14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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. 

17. Eatalian

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15500 S Broadway
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 532-8880

Located in a warehouse district of Gardena, Eatalian stands as a beacon of Italian food without any fussy decor or service. The pastas are generous and prepared in the classical style on large heavy plates. The carbonara has an immense, thick sauce that carries the guanciale really well. This is reasonably priced, delicious pasta for the whole family. —Matthew Kang

Carbonara from Eatalian in Gardena.
Carbonara from Eatalian in Gardena.
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1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. Crossroads Kitchen

8284 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Pasta from Crossroads.
Pasta from Crossroads.
Crossroads

Crossroads Kitchen is where innovative chef Tal Ronnen makes pasta by hand. The dish is a huge step forward in vegan cuisine, as fresh pasta typically requires eggs. The kitchen prepares wonderful fettucine, rigatoni, and anolini pasta with a firm al dente bite, and delicious sauces to boot. Try the hearty bolognese and carbonara complete with a runny tomato-based “egg.” —Mona Holmes

8284 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

5. Antico Nuovo

4653 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Ravioli di nonna at Antico Nuovo.
Ravioli di nonna.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

Chef Chad Colby has entire team dedicated to processing Antico Nuovo’s handmade spaghetti, ravioli, pappardelle, and other pastas, which are made with some of LA’s most unique sauces. The spaghetti with uni is delicately rich, so is the bigoli with the delightful duck offal ragu. The pillowy ravioli di nonna takes more subtle cues. Whichever pasta you choose, come with a group to sample them all with a few servings of foccacia bread. —Mona Holmes

4653 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

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. Forma Restaurant & Cheese Bar

1610 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Forma Brings All-Day Italian Excellence to Santa Monica’s Montana Ave. Strip
Forma Santa Monica
Wonho Frank Lee

Santa Monica’s Forma is a haven for pasta-lovers well-versed in the art of handmade noodles and lots of cheese. As the full name of the place notes, Forma’s interplay with cheese and pasta is legendary, including an entire menu section where just-finished noodles are worked together inside of a large wheel of Italian cheese for the added creamy decadence. Cacio e pepe anyone? —Farley Elliott

1610 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403

9. 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

10. Pasta Sisters

3280 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90232
Porcini mushroom tagliatelle at Pasta Sisters.
Porcini mushroom tagliatelle at Pasta Sisters.
Matthew Kang

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

11. etta Culver City

8801 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
A fork inside of a spiraled plate of pasta shown from the side.
Pasta from Etta.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

Chicago import Etta has a sturdy handmade pasta portion of its menu that riffs on classic Italian dishes. The agnolotti should be filled with corn or cheese, but instead gets a cacio e pepe sauce while the cassarecce has a delightful, bouncy texture with a meaty, savory bolognese. Snail shell lumache pasta comes with bright sungold tomato and basil for something that will remind you of a spring day in Italy. —Matthew Kang

8801 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

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16. 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

17. Eatalian

15500 S Broadway, Gardena, CA 90248
Carbonara from Eatalian in Gardena.
Carbonara from Eatalian in Gardena.
Matthew Kang/Eater LA

Located in a warehouse district of Gardena, Eatalian stands as a beacon of Italian food without any fussy decor or service. The pastas are generous and prepared in the classical style on large heavy plates. The carbonara has an immense, thick sauce that carries the guanciale really well. This is reasonably priced, delicious pasta for the whole family. —Matthew Kang

15500 S Broadway
Gardena, CA 90248

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