Forget some of the best pasta in Venice—Evan Funke makes some of the best pasta on the West Coast. Rolling, cutting and forming noodles from behind a pane of glass, the chef and his team give you dinner and a show in the cozy bungalow restaurant. Handmade pasta is the name of the game here, but Funke’s mission to bring incredible Italian fare to Venice also extends to the phenomenal sfincione focaccia, the 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.
Venice isn’t just home to one of the best beaches in Los Angeles: It’s also where you’ll bump into colorful characters, stroll down a boardwalk with great things to do outside, and peruse trendy boutiques—and where you’ll find some of the best food in L.A. We all know Venice Beach’s Abbot Kinney is a mecca for shopping lovers, but lately, the restaurants have taken over with ramen, Nashville-style hot shrimp and gourmet ice cream. Between Venice’s busy streets and its bungalow gems, this beach city’s full of ideal meals. Just be sure to pack sunscreen—after all, you’re here for the food, but a boardwalk stroll is perfect for a little post-pasta walk.
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