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Los Angeles' 10 Must-Taste Pasta Dishes

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgThere's a lot of pasta in this city, and every season brings with it new versions of delicious, hand-made, farmers' market-inspired rigatoni, gnocchi and macaroni. You'd kill yourself trying to taste them all, so here's a sampler of the 10 most awesome pastas in Los Angeles right now.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Superba Snack Bar

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533 Rose Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-6400

This is hands-down the best pasta dish in town right now. Chef Jason Neroni hand makes his bucatini (hollow strands, smoked until they're grey) and then serves it carbonara-style with bits of meaty pancetta, what must be a cream-based sauce, and a barely poached egg yolk sprinkled with cracked black pepper.

2. Petrossian Paris

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321 N. Robertson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90211
(310) 271-0576
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Caviar is the star of the show at Petrossian, and chef Giselle Wellman puts the star front and center in her house-made pasta. The Parisian brand's caviar is included both in the pasta dough as well as on top of the creamy dish.

3. Gusto

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8432 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-1778

When you order the carbonara at Gusto, chef Vic Casanova's newish spot on West Third, the server is quick to warn you that this is a no-cream carbonara. After they toss the perfectly cooked strands of bucatini table side, it's impossible to miss the cream.

4. Sirena

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8265 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 852-7000

Sirena does both a buratta and artichoke mezzaluna, with a sage browned butter sauce, as well as an oxtail version. Both are worth a taste.

5. Scarpetta

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225 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860-7970

Poor, misunderstood garganelli. Penne's pasta cousin is mostly under-appreciated, except when chef Alex Stratta is in the kitchen. Scott Conant's new EC at Scarpetta in Beverly Hills is putting out a fantastic lobster version with the season's best asparagus.

6. Maccheroni Republic

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Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 346-9725

Pasta lovers around town are raving about the pastas coming out of this easy-to-miss downtown spot from former Locanda Veneta owner Jean Louis. Especially of note is the osso bucco ravioli and the duck ragu.[Photo]

7. Mr. C Beverly Hills

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1224 Beverwil Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-2800
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Mr. C Restaurant, which is inside of Mr. C hotel, a Cipriani property, makes what may be one of the most comforting non-macaroni and cheese pastas in town. The baked white tagliolini with ham is bathed in béchamel before the top is brûléed.

8. Angelini Osteria

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7313 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 297-0070
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It's not new, but when was the last time you tasted chef Gino Angelini's spinach lasagna? It's been far too long. With the season's best spinach and a garnish of fried basil, it's still one of the best versions in town.

9. The Churchill

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8384 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 650-8384
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Chef Bruce Kalman hand makes all of his pasta and documents the process on instagram. Right now, the orecchiette is served with house-made fennel sausage, heirloom cranberry beans, sprouting broccoli, and lemon. It's very winter-into-spring.

10. Drago Centro

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525 S Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 228-8998

Right now, Drago is doing a spaghetti with basil pesto and a Sicilian almond tomato sauce. It's a great way to usher in springtime.

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1. Superba Snack Bar

533 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291

This is hands-down the best pasta dish in town right now. Chef Jason Neroni hand makes his bucatini (hollow strands, smoked until they're grey) and then serves it carbonara-style with bits of meaty pancetta, what must be a cream-based sauce, and a barely poached egg yolk sprinkled with cracked black pepper.

533 Rose Ave.
Venice, CA 90291

2. Petrossian Paris

321 N. Robertson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90211

Caviar is the star of the show at Petrossian, and chef Giselle Wellman puts the star front and center in her house-made pasta. The Parisian brand's caviar is included both in the pasta dough as well as on top of the creamy dish.

321 N. Robertson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90211

3. Gusto

8432 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

When you order the carbonara at Gusto, chef Vic Casanova's newish spot on West Third, the server is quick to warn you that this is a no-cream carbonara. After they toss the perfectly cooked strands of bucatini table side, it's impossible to miss the cream.

8432 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

4. Sirena

8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

Sirena does both a buratta and artichoke mezzaluna, with a sage browned butter sauce, as well as an oxtail version. Both are worth a taste.

8265 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

5. Scarpetta

225 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Poor, misunderstood garganelli. Penne's pasta cousin is mostly under-appreciated, except when chef Alex Stratta is in the kitchen. Scott Conant's new EC at Scarpetta in Beverly Hills is putting out a fantastic lobster version with the season's best asparagus.

225 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

6. Maccheroni Republic

Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Pasta lovers around town are raving about the pastas coming out of this easy-to-miss downtown spot from former Locanda Veneta owner Jean Louis. Especially of note is the osso bucco ravioli and the duck ragu.[Photo]

Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

7. Mr. C Beverly Hills

1224 Beverwil Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Mr. C Restaurant, which is inside of Mr. C hotel, a Cipriani property, makes what may be one of the most comforting non-macaroni and cheese pastas in town. The baked white tagliolini with ham is bathed in béchamel before the top is brûléed.

1224 Beverwil Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90035

8. Angelini Osteria

7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

It's not new, but when was the last time you tasted chef Gino Angelini's spinach lasagna? It's been far too long. With the season's best spinach and a garnish of fried basil, it's still one of the best versions in town.

7313 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

9. The Churchill

8384 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Chef Bruce Kalman hand makes all of his pasta and documents the process on instagram. Right now, the orecchiette is served with house-made fennel sausage, heirloom cranberry beans, sprouting broccoli, and lemon. It's very winter-into-spring.

8384 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

10. Drago Centro

525 S Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA

Right now, Drago is doing a spaghetti with basil pesto and a Sicilian almond tomato sauce. It's a great way to usher in springtime.

525 S Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA

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