Some of LA’s most recognizable Italian restaurants aren’t really in LA. Since the advent of film, Americans across the country have been exposed to Hollywood’s take on Italian food, from the cast of _Goodfellas_ sitting down to a family-style meal to Lady and the Tramp slurping the same spaghetti noodle. But these iconic scenes took place on sound stages and in production studios, not in real-life eateries. Nevertheless, Italian heritage is strong in LA, and the city is home to countless restaurants whose chefs draw upon generations-old recipes, housemade pastas, and fresh ingredients to craft meals that taste as good as they would look on the big screen.
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