Forget being the best pasta in Venice—Felix’s Evan Funke makes some of the best pasta on the West Coast. Rolling, cutting and forming noodles behind a pane of glass, the chef and his team give you dinner and a show in this cozy bungalow restaurant. The focus here is handmade pasta, but Funke’s mission to bring incredible Italian fare to L.A. also extends to the phenomenal sfincione focaccia, blistered crust pizzas and the antipasti so good you’ll be tempted to make a whole meal out of them. Years in, and it’s still packed—so make a reservation before heading over, or brave your luck at the cozy bar stools near the entrance.
Home to one of the most accessible beaches in Los Angeles, Venice is a longtime artist and bohemian enclave whose colorful characters have managed to stick around despite recent gentrification by white collar tech bros. Between the boardwalk and bustling Abbot Kinney, this changing beach neighborhood is full of destination-worthy, delicious places to eat. Here, you’ll find traditional Italian fare, seasonal California cuisine and approachable Mexican food—plus Thai and Japanese fusion standouts.
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