Torrance >Food & Dining > Aliotta's Via Firenze
4485 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA | Directions 9050333.838409 -118.361358
Mon-Thu 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-10pm
Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-11pm
Aliotta's Via Firenze is unbelievable! – Arguably one of the BEST restaurants I have been to in the LA metro area – I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. I was in the LA area several weeks ago on a business trip, and made a reservation here based on a recommendation. Very unassuming from the outside and W-O-W what an intimate beautiful interior! You literally feel like you are in Tuscany with the painted murals and high ceilings. There is a soothing cascading fountain as you enter the front door; a cozy bar area next to the kitchen and a seating area that is impressive. You cannot believe the size, the beauty and the ambiance of this place until you walk in the door. Oversized chandeliers with dimmed lighting, draperies and warm colors surround you.
Unbelievable wine selection and a dinner menu that is sure to impress – EVERYTHING is outstanding! We had the SCAMPI DON MIKE which is large jumbo shrimp wrapped in prosciutto (unbelievable – one of my favorite dishes) and finished in a Sambuca Romana cream sauce; TUNA GERALDINO – seared tuna in a garlic, pepper and mustard champagne sauce and finally the FARFALLE AL VOLO, an unbelievable pasta dish that was unreal. The service was fabulous (friendly, knowledgeable staff), the atmosphere superb and the food some of the BEST Italian food I have ever had. Not on the menu? They will make it for you. I highly recommend having dessert here too.
The owner, chef Mike, was born in Italy and is an expert. He offers cooking classes, private parties, and catering. If you are looking for real, authentic Italian food that will remind you of being in Europe, you MUST make it a point to go to Aliotta’s Via Firenze. You will NOT be disappointed!!!
Need to improve service – We had lunch there for the first time with our business partner. Unfortunately, I would never go back to the restaurant again. I would say that quality of food was okay, not exceptional. Price was a bit expensive for lunch. Decor is okay and reasonably comfortable. It gets noisy lunch time. A waiter who served our table was nice and friendly. However, he was too busy servicing other tables and helping the kitchen. I consider myself as a patient person. However, it was too long for me to wait for a waiter to come to our table. I had to walk up myself to look for our waiter. Having waited for a long time, we decided to leave the restaurant without deserts or coffee. I discovered that 20% gratuity was automatically included in our check because we were a party of six. Unfortunately, the restaurant needs to improve its service to have the first timer becomes a repeat customer.
un-remarkable, incredibly expensive food. – We gave Aliotta's a second chance thinking that perhaps our first experience was an anamoly and an "off" day. We came to the same comclusion the second time around -The food is edible; but not noteworthy, and very, very expensive; the decor is dated and tacky , the acoustics are bad, and the service is good.
My fussli alla bruna had 6 quarter size (at best) pieces of eggplant and no evidence of mushrooms. Not what you would expect for a dish described as "fresh eggplant, mushrooms, garlic ...". My wife's Penne Pollo E Carciofi was overcooked and un-remakable.
Don't waste your time. SAVE YOUR MONEY!
very bad – I was extremely disappointed. Menu had a big selection. Unfortunately, the food got worse as each course was brought out. Most disappointing was my pasta, it was OVER-COOKED and mushy. The pasta was practically falling apart because it had been cooked so long! Our server and the nice lady who took our dishes away were the only part of the experience that was pleasant. I woud not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
REAL italian food – This is one of best "ITALIAN" food ever had...its so fresh so just right taste... you got to check it out... I would recommend to some one like to propose.. I am sure ambiance will make her to say YES.. its pretty neat place...
I am not romantic ( as per my wife ) but I felt some thing different ...at this place. We went with 1 year old daughter but no issues environment is so relaxed and friendly we had no issues there.. I highly recommend this place for some one who is craving for REAL Italian food not "American Italian food"
Horrible: Do Not Recommend – Tried this restaurant for the first time based on the city search reviews: We had a horrible experience...
1) Nice decor, but it was really hot inside. No air conditioning during the summer??? They simply had two doors open
2) Waiter was a nice little old man, but could hardly understand what he was saying. Service was a C if best. There was only two other groups there and we never got refills on drinks and I had to call for service a few times.
3) We ordered the calamari for the app... Terrible! It tasted as if it came from the freezer section of your local grocery store.
4) Hoping the main dish would save this restaurant, I was still open minded... We order two dishes which were listed as "favorites". I would give them a C. When ever I have to add salt to my dish something is wrong.
Overall my total bill ran me close to $70 for two people. Aliotta's was just plain horrible. I would definitely not recommend this restaurant to anyone. There are so many other better restaurants in the South Bay!!
exceptional – This restaurant provides the ultimate italian comfort food. It is authentic, and every item on the menu is incredible...The owner and his staff are both professional and incredibly personable. The place has a wonderful family feel and the homemade pasta is to die for.. There isn't a better place to have a romantic meal than aliotta's. I was shocked to read some of the reviews on this page...actually I would have been shocked to read about even the mildest disappointment. I think that those who didn't find aliottas to be among the best italian restaurants in at least the south bay should probably stick to olive garden or chef boyardito.
Please don't deprive yourselves...overlook the negative reviews and check out this absolute GEM!!
FINE DINING Experience! – If you want to fly into and rocket out of a restaurant this is NOT the place for you. Fine Dining is just that...you sit and ENJOY the ambiance, the music, the person or persons that you bring or meet there, and you savor the food you order and eat. This is NOT fast food folks. I've always enjoyed every visit to Aliotta's Via Firenze. The staff are ALL very friendly, ambiance inviting. High back black leather chairs, black napkins, crisp white table cloths. Fresh baked bread and made to order authentic Italian food. If it's not on the menu they'll make it for you.
If you want a trip to Italy to have dinner, you need only to drive as far as Torrance, CA and visit Aliotta's Via Firenze! Bon Apetito!
overrated – i went to this restaurant, which is located literally down the street from where i live, after reading reviews from citysearch. unfortunately, it turned out to be a major disappointment. more than anything, it was overpriced for its value (hole in a wall type of italian restaurant)
I LOVE this restaurant – Aliotta's Via Firenze is the BEST Italian Restaurant EVER!!! The ambience is awesome and the food is even better. I have been there many times and try different dishes as much as possible and I am never dissappointed. The Tortellini Alla Panne is my favorite. Chef Mike is so nice and inviting, he makes a dining experience in his restaurant feel like a trip to Italy just for you! If you have not tried this restaurant you are missing out on a gourmet experience!!
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