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Maccheroni Republic

Restaurants, Italian Downtown Historic Core
5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)


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"Handmade pastas star at this homey Italian spot with a covered patio & a BYO wine policy."



Address: 332 S Broadway
Los Angeles
Price: $30 and under
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5 out of 5 stars

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This is my go-to spot since it's pretty centralized and across the street from the famous Grand Central Market - where I go and get some dessert afterwards.

All their pastas are beautifully made and homemade too! My 2 favorites I've had here are squid ink and pesto one - YUM.  They have a nice seafood based one and that's pretty good too.

They also have a great selection of wine!

Maccheroni Republic has for half a decade been my favorite Italian restaurant in LA, and I'm pretty sure it will remain that way for years to come. Located right across the street from Grand Central Market, you can wander the market grounds while waiting for your table (we usually have to wait at least 15-20 mins to be seated on a weekend).

The bianchi & neri is the dish I keep ordering. I've tried the stellari, the agnoletti, the pumpkin ravioli... but I keep coming back for the ianchi & neri. I'm not the biggest mushroom fan but it doesn't even matter because that cream sauce is amazing.

Service can be a little spotty depending on how busy they are, but all of the servers are quite good-natured and happy to offer advice and recommendations on dishes based on what you tend to enjoy eating.

My first time at Maccheroni Republic was last Sunday. It was pouring rain but that was not about to stop me from having my first Dine LA experience (for the year). I braved the torrential weather and shuffled myself inside the quaint restaurant. I had previously viewed their lunch menu and that's what brought me here. I had no prior knowledge of the restaurant, but I figured you can't go wrong with pasta and that panettone bread pudding was like a siren's song.

The menu included a salad, choice of pasta entrée and bread pudding. Everything was fantastic and with a price tag of $15, how could you say no? The radicchio salad was a great starter. It was mixed with tidbits of red beets, avocado and dry ricotta cheese. It was very light and I ate it in between bites of complimentary bread doused in olive oil and balsamic. I love shrimp, so for my pasta I chose the bianchi & neri: black and white vermicelli tossed in a creamy sauce with shrimp, mushroom and pancetta. The pasta was a great portion and it was full of so much flavor. Every bite was filled with the creamy sauce and mushrooms - perfect for a cold day. Then came the dessert. Panettone is a huge staple at my house. Whether it's holiday season or not, we are constantly eating panettone, so having a panettone bread pudding for dessert was highly welcome. The dessert was served on a plate with white and milk chocolate sauces. It was moist and filled with the fruity flavors of the bread.

I was so happy with that meal and service, that I made sure to return once more before Dine LA was over. I came back yesterday for lunch and had it all over again. This time, instead of the bianchi & neri, I ordered the bigoli della nonna. Just, wow! Now this is a hearty pasta and something I would imagine being served in a traditional Italian household. The thick bigoli (Venetian spaghetti) was beautifully coated in a savory ragout of Angus beef and sausages. I twirled my fork into the heap of noodles until the very end. Every bite was as delicious as the next. I may have taken an order to-go because it was that damn good.

Maccheroni has made me fall in love with them. Their authentic Italian food is easily among my top favorites.

Delicious spot across the way from Grand Central Market, expect to wait if you turn up at peak times.  You can't make reservations, and it's a small restaurant space.  That said, I showed up around 9:15pm on a Saturday as a solo diner and only waited a few minutes (the longest wait was for the bathroom--they only have one stall for the whole place).  Pasta is rich and handmade, portions are GENEROUS.  Don't fill up on the bread and olive oil/vinegar beforehand :)

I first tried this restaurant because it was authentic Italian and free BYOB which makes me feel like I'm back in Italy where wine is not at a premium. There is a charge now for corkage but it is still worth going to Maccheroni Republic for their fresh pastas and cozy atmosphere. The bread they serve at the beginning is perfect for dipping in olive oil. Service may be slow at times, but hey, maybe that makes it feel more like you're in Italy.

With Grand Central Market across the street, even though I'd passed by several times, I am a newcomer to Maccheroni Republic, a palace of Italian comfort food. It really hits the spot when you want a homey and rich pasta dish.

Walking in, it's always a good sign to encounter Italian staff. Late on a weeknight, the patio was almost full. They created a lovely ambiance in the patio by gating it with a vine wrapped gate and putting out soft lights. In the middle of a bustling neighborhood, it creates a sense of calm.

Our server mentioned the portions were smaller, Italian size. For me, it was still quite generous and I could not finish either course, definitely with no space for dessert.

For starters, I went with the Carpaccio di Bresaola, thin slices of homemade, lightly cured beef. They lightened it up with a lovely salad on top of arugula, hearts of palm and avocado. 

The entree was really where things got comforting. A sign indicates the pasta is organic and made daily in house. The menu was so appealing, it was almost impossible to pick just one dish. I went with the Agnolotti Di Osso Bucco, folded pasta filled with osso bucco meat (slowly braised veal) and bone marrow, in a salsa verde. The green sauce was just the right touch to counteract the richness of the filling. The dish came out with a rich, buttery scent that one can detect across the table.

Overall, the experience was very positive and I would go back to try more.