As one of the most beloved cuisines in the world, it's almost a challenge finding a bad dish that originates from Italy. Nevertheless, the search for the best of the best, especially in a city as large and diverse as Los Angeles, can be an arduous — albeit scrumptious — journey. We've made things a little easier for you, though, in rounding up the most delectable Italian dishes in the city.
Photo Courtesy of Eastside Market Italian Deli
Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich
Italians make some notoriously tasty sandwiches and the ones offered at the Eastside Market Italian Deli in Chinatown are mind blowing. Among the impressive selection, the eggplant parmigiana sandwich reigns king over all others.
Eastside Market Italian Deli | 1013 Alpine St. | 213.250.2464
Bolognese is typically a sauce that includes onion, tomato, herbs, and ground beef that gets served over various types of pasta. However, there's nothing typical about the Bolognese dishes served at Angelini Osteria in the Fairfax area. Whether it's spaghetti, tagliolini or whatever else you may desire, their sauce concoction is simply wonderful. For a more experimental take on Italian, this location's sea urchin spaghetti comes highly recommended as well.
Angelini Osteria | 7313 Beverly Blvd. | 323.297.0070
Photo Courtesy of Toscana
Don't believe those people who try to say pizza is an American dish — it's anything but. Our favorite savory pie actually originates from Naples, Italy, but the best Margherita pizza that Los Angeles has to offer is from Toscana in Brentwood. Their take on it is a delectably fresh dish of flavor that'll make you return again and again. This place is often visited by celebrities, making it a great place to stargaze.
Toscana | 11633 San Vicente Blvd. | 310.820.2448
Photo Courtesy of Nonna of Italy
To find really great chicken parmesan in LA, just head on over to Nonna of Italy and dig into their Pollo Parmigiana. The succulent chicken breast gets pounded and breaded then prepared with an exceptional selection of the usual suspects like mozzarella, parmesan and a mouth-watering tomato sauce.
Nonna of Italy | 9255 W Sunset Blvd. | 310.270.4455
Photos Courtesy of Pomodoro Trattoria
Gnocchi is an interesting dish that doesn't get nearly the attention it deserves. These little dumplings often become a favorite amongst anyone who tries them, but it's rare that people experiment with the option. However, Pomodoro Trattoria in Westwood makes the plunge a bit easier with 10 different versions of their fresh-made daily gnocchi, including alla Bolognese, all'arrabbiata and alla fiorentina. It's okay if you're not sure what those mean, trust us when we tell you they all translate to "unbelievably delicious."
Pomodoro Trattoria | 1393 Westwood Blvd. | 310.445.9998