Restaurants, Italian Downtown Fashion District
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Photograph: Courtesy RossoBlu

Chef Steve Samson scores big with this stunning ode to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Kick off with housemade salumi and swiss chard erbazzone tart with stracchino. Savor handmade pastas like heavenly tortelloni with ricotta and tagliatelle bolognese. Settle into tender milk-braised pork shoulder, brick chicken or your favorite parts from a wood-fired suckling pig. Clever cocktails celebrate Italian spirits, while the wine list features excellent sparkling options. 

By: Danny Jensen


Venue name: RossoBlu
Address: 1124 San Julian St
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Tue-Thu, Sun 6-10pm; Fri, Sat 6-10:30pm
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Rossoblu is one of my favorite recent dining experiences: great ambiance, service and above all, food. It's located in the downtown LA "outskirts", or so it feels. The Fashion District is devoid of activity after 5pm, so Rosso is the only thing buzzing in the area.

The industrial decor at Rosso sets the vibe for this elevated experience: poured concrete flooring, metallic framework, ornate designs on cushioned seating, an exposed kitchen adjacent to a decorative wall that features a beautiful piece combining an abstract mix of colors and shapes with statuesque bodies. In other words: it's beautiful.

For the appetizer, we shared the Valbruna's eggplant and the pork meatballs. The eggplant was delicious: shaved thin, cooked through, topped with tomato, parmigiano reggiano and basil. The pork meatballs were juicy and so full of flavor. For the entree, I chose the maltagliati: uneven shapes of pasta tossed with porcini mushrooms, dandelion greens and sage.

This was a great experience that I would readily repeat in an instance.