7274 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9004634.083411 -118.348313
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Melrose
best Italian on Melrose... easily. – Weve been eating at Angeli for 5 years. This is a neighborhood restaurant. The people who work there have been there for YEARS. Why? It's a family. From the wait staff to the owner to the customers, the family vibe is unique and HIGHLY appreciated. We were there for dinner one night and our favorite old italian guy had had a death in his family. We asked, "Why on earth are you working a day after such a loss?" He responded with, "this is my family too, I am happiest here". I thought it was a great way of describing the space between the staff and regulars.
The ambience is extremely tasteful. It's a modern casual vibe which can accommodate jeans and t-shirts OR ties and dresses without an ounce of awkwardness- a pinch of LA that many people miss while they are staring at the silicone and Italian driving glasses.
The food is second to none. This is the kind of place whose chef goes to the market (the REAL one) to choose the freshest foods to tie into their very reliable menu. Last night, the sides were fresh summer squash and the sweetest, cut from the cob corn youve ever had. Count on the entrees being consistent, and the rest to be exciting and new.
If you happen to be drinking, the wine list is perfect. They have Italian wines (major and private properties) from most regions. Wines are listed in a way that makes matching them to your dinner SO easy. The beers are all unique and well matched to the menu- from Anchor Steam to Chimay (sp?). Good stuff.
I'm not sure what else to say except that I should have written this a long time ago. Hopefully people will read this and understand that the waiters are FRIENDLY, not pompous- and the diners are HAPPY, not competitive. I take offense to a review of Angeli that misses the whole point. My friends and I are a crew of happy, successful foodies who know the best places in LA to eat. Angeli is certainly in the top 3.
A Gem – Angeli Caffe is truly a gem in Los Angeles. Eat here if you love mouth-watering pizza, succulant meat dishes, perfect pasta and fresh salads....oh, and the bread is simply heaven sent.
Don't dine here if you are the type of person that needs submissive service in order to have a delightful culinary experience. This restaurant is about the food and the boisterous atmosphere. If you are the type of person that prefers the corners of your mouth dabbed by the wait staff or your napkin folded when you leave to use the loo, make your reservations at the Polo Club and make sure to bring your sport coat.
A hidden little secret right on Melrose – I just had to write this after reading the reviews. I love Angeli! The food is seasonal, flavorful and thoughtfully prepared. In a word: fantastic.
I can't speak for the last reviewers experience, but I've been going to Angeli for years. Sometimes it does get busy, and I too have had to wait for a table. The staff has always been very accomodating; offering wine, or if possible a place to sit while we wait. The service at Angeli is friendly, knowledgable and sincere. In so many ways it reminds me of those little New York neighborhood restaurants that are such jewels.
Try the pizza it's delicious, while the fish soup is a personal favorite. Also, the family style dinners are great! Oh, and if there are fresh tarts for dessert, you just have to try them. Amazing.
Worst Service in all of Los Angeles – I don't know why this place would even bother to take your reservation if they plan on making you wait 45 minutes before seating. To make matters worse, we had terrible service throughout the entire meal. When it came time to paying the check, the waiter's inebriated friends hovered over our table making lewd comments and pressuring us to tip above and beyond for what was, after all, the worst service I can remember having in entire time living in Los Angeles. When the manager was approached about the problem, he claimed not to be responsible for the actions of his patrons. There is only one word to describe the service here: UNPROFESSIONAL. Oh, and the food? Average.
A casual trattoria catering to discriminating foodies and their kids. – The Scene
In its early years, this stylish space--with soaring ceilings and lily-white walls--was a place to be seen. A couple decades later, its clientele has spawned offspring--and Angeli is now a family-friendly eatery. The tykes are given pizza dough with which to fashion their own creations, while their parents relish dining somewhere other than Chuck E. Cheese.
Chef Evan Kleiman explores the ins and outs of the rustic Italian menu, proving that with the best ingredients, even the simplest dishes can inspire a gastronomic high. Spaghetti bathes in an unrepentant butter sauce, heightened with a complex Parmigiano-Reggiano. Panzanella (Tuscan bread salad) is drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and tossed with sweet tomatoes. Familiar dishes please Crayola-toting regulars, including vegetable lasagna layered with tomato-basil sauce, bechamel, ricotta and Parmesan. A dozen thin-crust pizzas--from the popular margherita to more inventive sausage, fontina and sage--round out the menu.
Wouldn't go back, but it was nice to try – Tasty bread, the rest of the meal was average. The waitress rushed us out at the end of our meal, saying they needed the table. Whatever happened to being able to relax after your meal?
One of the Best – Evan hit the nail on the head years ago. Serve fresh ingredients, simply, and you'll go far. Delicious salads, so huge and fresh, all they need is oil and vinegar or the simple dressings. It's worth going for the bread alone, and dipped in fruity olive oil...wait...I'll be right back.
Take Out Service THE WORST! – Angeli certainly serve up lots of attitude with their take out food. They feel it's a bother to order take out during their dinner rush hour and also charge you a 10 percent service fee along with the huge helping of attitude. Please try not to bother them and order from Louise's or many of the other customer friendly italian joints whom will gladly take your order.
italian flop – typical italian restaurant offerings, nothing special, nothing too tasty. limited dinner menu outside the realm of pizzas and pastas, while the takeout menu may offer a range of selections, such offerings are not available to dine-in patrons. if you're craving a salad, forget about going here. only 2 dressings, mainly oil and vinegar based approach... boring, boring, boring and waiter commented that their approach is to add double the butter to make things tastier...
I love Evan Kleiman! – Angeli is the perfect place to go when you want to have great, relaxed meal. The food is always fresh and delicious--Evan's daily soups are to die for...
simple ingredients with abundant flavors. Love the goat cheese appetizer! Ofcourse, everything is affordable. Great little wine list that is inexpensive. The Thursday night famliy style dinners are addictive--she changes the menu/theme weekly and it is always fun to meet new people. Way to go--not sure how she manages a restaurant AND does a weekly food show on KCRW.
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