With an abundance of Italian restaurants in this city, Angelenos need not hop a plane or even look far to get their fix of antipasti, meaty roasts, comforting bowls of carbs—and, of course, plenty of pizza. (Maybe even some gelato for dessert? Perhaps some tiramisu?) And while there’s artful Italian food in just about every neighborhood across the city, certain spots really take the cake—er, cannoli, as it were. Here we round up L.A.’s best Italian restaurants that go beyond your average ho-hum red sauce joints. Buon appetito!
Before you dig in, a brief note: All of these restaurants are currently open in some form, most outside, some indoors and a couple that are only offering takeout service or limited menus. Call or look online to check menus and availability before stopping by.