Centuries ago, thousands of varieties of pasta roamed the glens and dells of the fresh world. Snare the remaining shaggy rigatoni, majestic mountain ziti, and sea spaghetti with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of La Finestra's delicious homemade pasta, pizzas, paninos, salads, and other fine Italian cuisine and vintages. This deal is good for dine-in and takeout.
Let the warm red and gold hues of La Finestra's décor pique your light lunchtime appetite for a Caesar panino with chicken breast, romaine, Caesar dressing, and parmesan cheese ($10) or a cup of handmade pomodore tomato soup with lemon and garlic ($6). La Finestra, Italian for "The Finestra," really excels at dinner fare. As the evening lights of LA simmer, whet your palate with antipasto La Finestra, a platter of imported meats with cheeses, roasted red bell peppers, and marinated calamari ($12, $18 large); or decorate your date-charming chompers with a rustica salad of radicchio, arugula, endive, mushrooms, and shaved parmesan ($7, $10 large). The veal scaloppini marsala comes basted in wine with fresh-chopped tomatoes and mushrooms ($22)—and is hard not to refuse to refuse if you haven't yet refused concurrent offers from the ravioli aurora (stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach and drizzled with pink sauce, $15) and the thin-crusted pizza portofino (with mozzarella, gorgonzola, and caramelized onions, $15). La Finestra's friendly, accommodating staff will do their best to prepare your pizza any way you wish.
Buy your dinner a friend from La Finestra's wide-ranging wine list, featuring red, white, and sparkling wines from the modest Beringer ($26 a bottle) to the eyebrow-peaking "Super Tuscan" Banfi Summas ($120). (Your Groupon cannot be combined with Tuesday's half-price wine bottle special.) La Finestra is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Reservations are required.
- They make all their sauces, dressings, their famous gnocchi and pizza dough from scratch, and they use only the finest imported Italian cheeses to finish every dish perfectly. – Los Angeles Times
- La Finestra is the shining beacon of hearty yummyness…Very accommodating staff. The owner is always present and friendly. – theheavyd, Citysearch