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.
A beautiful slice of Jersey.Giovanni Ristorante prides itself in making people feel at home by how and what we prepare for their honored guests. This is the foundation of their southern style Italian Restaurant. We assure you that our freshly made food and will always be filled with the care and commitment that you deserve.
At Riviera Calabasas, chefs draw from local, seasonal ingredients to create dishes inspired by Italian, French, and Spanish cuisine. They even add Asian and South American twists. The result is a menu that features recognizable pillars, such as pasta, steaks, and fish, decorated with delicious flourishes. Chefs coat tender fillets of Scottish salmon in a crisp potato crust, garlic-infused lobster sauce, and vegetables that are seasonal—like freezing rain in winter or falling down despite wearing a classy outfit in winter. And Riviera Calabasas brings plenty of class to the table: white linens drape tables, and earth-tone walls reflect the warm yellow light of fixtures hanging over black-and-white booths in the carpeted dining area.
A full bar showcases wines by the glass, imported and domestic beers, cocktails, and cordials, whereas Sunday brunch presents eggs benedict, a pancake bar, french toast, and breakfast pizza. The Riviera Calabasas team doesn't neglect its guests' health concerns, though—its alternate menu catalogs a slate of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options.
Since founding Nicola's Kitchen in 1990, Kate and John have only expanded their culinary horizons, drawing their Italian-based menu toward shores both distant and near. Today, the chefs cite Californian and Thai flavors among their influences, cultivating a menu that only becomes more inventive and flexible as time passes. Breakfast entrees include red velvet pancakes, rosemary chicken pasta scrambles, and Nicola's signature cinnamon focaccia?a sweet dish made with pizza dough. For lunch and dinner, visitors choose chopped antipasto salads brimming with artichoke, garbonzo beans, Canadian bacon, and provolone; vegetable risotto with pesto-Chardonnay cream sauce; flat iron steak, and cilantro-dotted linguine topped with Thai grilled shrimp.
The specialists at Fratelli's New York Pizza craft pies in true Big Apple fashion. And true to the literally gigantic fruit that city is named for, they don't skimp on the toppings. The signature Fratelli arrives loaded with pepperoni, sausage, and meatballs, while the eggplant pizza piles on flavor with breaded veggies and ricotta cheese. But the marinara-phobic need not worry—dozens of other items populate the eatery's casual Italian menu. Classic pastas, thick hero sandwiches, and crisp salads can also fill tables. And to insure convenience, every mouthful can be enjoyed in-house, or taken to go with carryout and delivery services.
Big Mama's & Papa's Pizzeria sates appetites with a slew of handmade pizzas, fresh toppings, and casual Italian fare at 17 Los Angeles–area locations. Menus vary by location, and include specialty pies such as the garlic-chicken pizza or a build-your-own-calzone option that supplies more than 40 toppings to stuff inside freshly made calzone dough. Gluten-free and whole-wheat crusts address dietary preferences, and catering service transports piping-hot morsels directly to birthday parties or traffic-court dates. Customers can also pick up a free birthday pizza on the day of their birth.