5923 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002834.105379 -118.318844
Mon-Thu 11:30am-3:30pm, 4:30pm-11:30pm; Fri 11:30am-3:30pm, 4:30pm-12:30am; Sat 10:30am-3:30pm, 4:30pm-12:30am; Sun 10:30am-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Hollywood Hills
Citysearch Editorial Review – This comfort food haven in Hollywood's artsy Franklin district has been a staple in the city since 1989. Inside its cushy digs, buttery garlic breadsticks temper hungry appetites until the restaurant's famous pizza pies and pastas arrive to the table. Guests munching on antipasto fresca and sardegna salads prep for Chicago-style Sicilian deep dish meat lover's pizzas stuffed with cheese, ground beef, Italian sausage, pepperoni and a homemade sauce. Locals with a taste for pasta opt for plates of chicken parmesan or seafood pasta, while Italian-loving foodies lean towards sesame seed-coated salmon slathered with cheesy garlic sauce, served with garlic parmesan fries and baby spinach sauteed in white wine, garlic and olive oil.
Best Italian Food in LA – My wife and I have traveled all over the world: Paris, London, Venice, Thailand, Mexico, New York, Chicago, Boston...and never have I come across (no, not EVEN in Chicago) such a delicious and memorable PIZZA like the regular large cheese pizza at Prizzi's. It's outstanding and melt-in-your-mouth good.
The friendly and attentive staff always shout out a warm greeting from the cozy, front entrance bar you as first walk through the wood framed-door of the small, romantically lit dinner spot on Franklin. Whether you be a neighborhood regular or just wandering in for the first time from next door attractions Birds or Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater, there is a warm feeling of familiarity and home.
The cocktails are out of this world, duly shaken up by Paulie the Jersey Bartender, or Daryl or Jandi, or any one of the super servers he has trained, and of special note is the tropically mouthwatering martini called The Space Cowboy. My favorite. Still hoping to see it named after me one day.
If you're the type that likes appetizers before your traditional Italian main course of the best chicken marsala anyway or lasagna or any of the scrumptious pastas, the mozzarella friti are just like mama used to make, (but better, don't tell her I said it) and the simple prizzi's staple dinner salad, the Verde Mista, is to die for, complete with fresh large shaved parmesean slices atop fresh greens.
Don't even get me talking about desserts. (Try the brownie.)
And now they have midnight happy hour on weekends nights from 12:30ish...slices and drinks at the bar...are you kidding? It's awesome. The only problem is I'm not getting on my scale anymore. Too afraid.
Prizzi's, the best Italian food and service in LA.
I'm a space cowboy, bet you weren't ready for that.
Thanks and we love you!
Best Breadsticks Ever – What can I say? The dinner I had at Prizzi's Piazza started with the best breadsticks ever...soft and warm and oozing in butter and diced garlic...and ended with Death by Chocolate. In between I got to eat a delicate lobster bisque followed by the best pasta and seafood I've ever had. My date had a huge ceasar salad and eggplant parmasean smothered in cheese and scrumptious tomato sauce. We also enjoyed a fine bottle of merlot. There was plenty of food for a couple of doggy bags too. Next time I'm trying the s'mores! The atmosphere is romantic with a touch of being part of the family. Service was attentive without being imposing. Parking can be tricky, but there are some really friendly valets who took care of our car. Treat yourself to a romantic dinner...or just a great bite out.
Maybe you'll have better luck? – My girlfriend and I visited this restaurant around 7 at night on a Friday. When we were seated and handed menus, the waitress didn't return for 20 minutes. After she took our orders our salads came out in about 10 minutes, then it was literally 30 minutes till we saw her again, she assured us that our food was coming. 10 minutes later our food finally arrived. She apologized for the lengthy delay by giving us a free dessert, but resumed her previous pattern of vanishing for 20-30 minutes at a time. She tried to make up for it with dessert, but didn't improve her service one bit.Then we had to wait for her to get around to giving us our bill... It seemed like every stage of a normal dining experience came with a time increase of about double what it should normally take. No one was rude to us directly, but we were there for about 3 hours. I would have preferred about an hour and a half. At least the food was decent. I enjoyed my lasagna.
Great Lunch – A friend and I work in Hollywood and are always seeking alternatives to the dismal selection of eateries along Hollywood Blvd, near our offices. I found Prizzi's Piazza on citysearch and we decided to give it a try and it was a GREAT SUCCESS! The breadsticks are a must-have-pleasantly doughy, buttery and with a wonderfully robust garlic flavor. I enjoyed my spaghetti dish- a simple recipe done right. My friend ordered the capellini with shrimp, which was dee-licious! Add a glass of white wine, the shining sun and patio seating and you'll understand why we returned to the office 40 minutes late. Highly recommended.
Amazing Italian Food – Garlic Bread, Deep Dish Pizza, wine list is affordable with plenty of choices. The staff is friendly and attentive, I have not one bad thing to say about this place. Oh, I wish it opened up earlier.
Top 10 Restaurants in Los Angeles – Prizzi's is the perfect restaurant: beautiful ambiance, friendly staff, fantastic food...and the best pizza you'll find outside of Italy. This is one of my all time favorite restaurants, and is perfect for every occassion: brunch, business lunch, family dinner, or a romantic date night.
The menu is full of wonderful items from stuffed portabellos to salads to gourmet pizza and pasta, to extravagant items like steak smothered in a gorgonzola sauce.
Muolto Buono, Prizzi's! Keep up the good work!
THE Best Italian Food - without a doubt!!!! – I live in the neighborhood and have made it a ritual to have dinner here once a week. You never need to make a reservation, although if you have a seating preference I'd suggest it. They always have room for everyone and the staff is incredibly friendly (especially Rob), making you feel like you're at a friend's house instead of a restaurant. The best place to sit is the loft, much more cozy and quiet. I've had the Sicilian Deep Dish pizza which is fabulous - you can only eat one piece and you're full, so I'd suggest getting a small one unless a lot of people are eating with you. The Lemon Chicken Piccata is tasty too, so is their Caesar salad. And you absolutely cannot order anything on the menu unless you order their delectable garlic breadsticks too! They have an amazing wine list, giving suggestions on what goes with your meal. I just can't say enough about this place - they treat you like an old friend througout the entire time you're there. I look forward to the experience every week!!
2 words: Garlic Breadsticks – This is my favorite Italian restaurant in LA. The location (in terms of parking and accessibility) can be problematic, but once you're in, it's a great spot with Birds right next door. Reasonable prices, decent service. I've never had the pizza, but all the pastas are fantastic, particularly the carbonara. Truth be told, my girlfriend and I keep coming back for the garlic breadsticks. It is ESSENTIAL that you order these. Trust me.
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