Drago Centro might not be the most exciting Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, but they still serve a very good bowl of pasta - and that means a lot in our books. Plus, its financial district location makes it a great dinner spot before seeing a show at The Ahmanson or Walt Disney Concert Hall. While $85 isn’t exactly affordable dining, their five-course prix fixe is a good amount of food and also a great way to have a special occasion dinner without having to Craigslist temp work on your way home.
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Cole’s in downtown is the (other) originator of the French Dip sandwich and a great place to pick up a quick beer and a sandwich.
One of the original rooftop bars in DTLA, Perch has a French-leaning menu and views for days. Put it on your list for your next downtown date.
Cento Pasta Bar
Cento, a lunch-only spot inside Mignon Wine Bar in DTLA, serves some of the best pasta in the city.
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Domenico’s is an old-school Italian restaurant in Long Beach with all the red sauce pizza and pasta you need after a tough week.
One of LA’s finest Italian restaurants, Osteria Mozza in Hollywood is still very much at the top of its game.
All'acqua has solid, if slightly underwhelming cocktail and salad menus, but they set the course for some absolutely magical entrees. When taken as a whole, it makes for a more than solid meal.
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For outstanding pasta on the Westside, look no further than Felix on Abbot Kinney in Venice.
Majordomo in Chinatown is one of the rare LA restaurants you’ll walk out of genuinely surprised.
Bavel is one of LA’s most exciting restaurants, and this Middle Eastern spot in the Arts District will have you planning a return visit immediately.
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