7313 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003634.076302 -118.349137
Tue - Fri 12pm - 2:30pm
Tue - Sun 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Neighborhoods: CBS Television City, Central LA
Tiny restaurant with delicious pasta. Make sure you make reservations. Great place to take a date.
Sea urchin pizza, you can get a glimpse of what heaven tastes like.
A Los Angeles classic. Please go here! If you're in the search for classic, Northern Italian food, look no further. This is it. Every single thing on their menu is worth ordering, my absolute favorite, though, is their lemon pasta--it's the most incredible thing ever.
A shadow of its former self – I discovered Angelini's a few months after it opened in late 2001 - back in the day when you could walk in without reservations - to enjoy one of the best Italian meals that I have ever had here or in Italy. Exquisite unique primi, Mediterranean squid that was so soft that you could cut it with a fork alone, fabulous desserts, brillant service, a visit from the Chef to hear our raves about the food and service, and very good and fair wine list. Then, by 2006, the restaurant had become much more popular, the menu had become noticeably more standardized, and the service was markedly diminished, but the food was still great, there were Italian beers, and a still a very good and fair wine list. So, I was still a fan. But, in my last 2 visits in the last 2 years, the food has become cookie-cutter and even though more standardized the food is actually sliding in quality while service, with the exception of a waiter who works the back of the house (this stupid review tells me that his name is inappropriate), is unacceptable, and the interior is too crowded - not in a cozy way. Courses are served on top of each other, the food is over salted, the presentation is sloppy, and there is not enough room on the tables to share dishes. Further, the dessert menu is absolutely uninspired and has not noticeably changed in at least 3 years. This is a business - pure and simple. This is a radical departure from 2001, but with throngs of people willing to accept this standardized, poorly prepared food and poor service, there is no need for Angelini to return to its initial glory. Angelini, by its actions, pays more attention to getting people in and out than to providing a relaxing trattoria atmosphere with uncompromising food and service. It breaks my heart to say, but Sr. Angelini, thank you so much for the exquisite meals and dining experiences that I had through 2006; however, it is time to say "Ciao" and to find an Italian restaurant rather than a high-end Olive Garden.
My favorite Italian restaurant outside Italy – I had the pleasure of being introduced to Gino on my first visit; the friendly, hands-on approach to food and service has never waned in the years since. I've gone here consecutively for my past few birthdays - indicating that this isn't an inexpensive osteria, but for a special occasion it's worth every dime.
The dining room is snug to begin with - do make a reservation - and the din can get borderline unbearable when at full capacity but if you're prepared for that you'll have no room to complain otherwise. The waiters are attentive, despite sometimes needing to thread through the tables.
I studied abroad in Italy for a semester, and my heritage is proudly Italian, and I consider myself a dilettante chef. That all said, the food is divine! The standard menu has some gems (the prosciutto-arugula pizza is incredible; the lasagna bolognese, topped with flash-fried spinach leaves, left my lasagna-loving dad and sis groaning with glee) but the specials are spectacular. If you're lucky enough to be there when "stinco" is the day's meat special, do try it. Gino or your waiter will carve it tableside, and it will melt in your mouth guaranteed!
(note: not actually guaranteed)
Just go. – Just, WOW! Such good food. And nice people. You know, nice in a nutty Italian kind of way. But nice.
fresh and simple perfectly executed – My friend and I went last weekend and it seems as though either the majority of restaurants in LA are becoming more and more all flourish and no taste or Angelini just keeps on getting better. The sardine and panzanella salad was unexpected but the highlight of the dinner. The homemade pasta's were perfectly cooked and the branzino was the most fresh and moist I have probably ever had. Don't skip dessert, the mascarpone cup is so good its ridiculous. I would recommend going for a fun night out but not a romantic dinner as it is brightly lit and a tad noisy.
Disappointing and over-rated! – The appetizers and salads were delicious, but the rest of the meal was wholly disappointing. The caprese had very fresh and flavorful mozzarella, but that is the last positive thing I can say. I had the rib eye and it was way too fatty, and lacked flavor. My husband had the T-bone and found it just to be mediocre. Sadly, this restaurant is just plain and a bit boring. We were very disappointed as we had heard the food was so delicious.
Good, Not great, A tad overrated – Decided to try this place out since it is so highly acclaimed. Service is great, tables were way too close together, I could hear the couple's conversation next to me! Appetizers were OVERSIZED. Bread basket had an array of breads. I had the Oxtail, it was good but not great, could have been more tender. My Sister had something else which I don't remember, I reckon it was not that good. I have definitely had better italian food at many other places, I was rather disappointed. Rather extensive menu though!
Good food. Very popular. Very crowded. – The food is excellent, but most of the tables for two are so narrow and almost touching the other table that you really have no privacy at all. The place is jammed with people and is loud. This is not the place to go if you want a quiet atmosphere. I had the Dover sole. It was an excellent piece of fish, but I wish it was seasoned a bit more. The scallop appertizer was very good. The portions are not gigantic. We went to Grace across the street and split an entree and dessert. It was nice and peaceful at Grace compared to Angelini Osteria.
Great Service and Food – The place is always busy so make a reservation. We were seated after about 10 minutes, not bad for how busy it was. The place is small and the tables crowded together--good thing our 'neighbors' were nice folks because you are so close it's almost impossible not to talk to them. I ordered steak, it came too rare, sent it back and the server was very, very gracious about their mistake. The new steak was excellent. My wife ordered pasta and it was good too. The prices are reasonable. I apologize for a lack of details, but suffice to say that their food is great, and I will be returning soon.
Beloved Italian chef dishes out sublime food at this neighborhood favorite. – The Scene
With a minimalist-urbane space, friendly service and dead-on authentic food, it's no wonder this osteria is usually mobbed. Gastronomic experts have dubbed it a must-eat destination, and rightfully so--this reliable eatery deserves the praise.
Known for manning the stoves at high-end restaurants Rex and Vincenti, Chef Gino Angelini is dishing out quality Italian fare at his own place. Even the most been-there-ate-that gourmand will savor the simple, yet sublime, starters--from the paper-thin pizzas to the steamed mussels and clams bathing in a garlic-infused broth. Nonna Elvira's green lasagna is a dozen layers of bliss with blankets of pasta enveloping a mild cheese. Continue with a deliciously soft, moist branzino (salt-encrusted sea bass), or a pork chop sided with braised red cabbage. Desserts deserve special attention, such as a buttery mascarpone, or a scoop of vanilla gelato with a shot of steaming espresso.
Can't speak to the food, but... – I didn't stick around to get served. I heard this place had great authentic Italian, made a reservation, as the hostess suggested "on the patio," and arrived to find out that "the patio" is actually a table behind some potted trees in front of the restaurant with a lovely view of the traffic on Beverly. Right. Though the place wasn't anywhere near crowded yet (and there are many, many tables packed into it's tight space) I was told that it wouldn't be possible to accomodate my party anywhere else that night, so we took our business elsewhere.
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