Rated one of Los Angeles’s top restaurants in the categories of Italian food, outdoor dining, wine list, and pizza by CitySearch.com, the family-owned and operated Bella Cucina has flourished behind classic and signature dishes. Its penne alla vodka rouses taste buds with a tequila-lime cream sauce, and its Quattro Formaggi pizza packs a punch with four different cheeses—more cheese than Neil Armstrong had stuffed in his pockets upon returning to Earth. Bella Cucina accompanies its entrees with an extensive wine list, and on Mondays, patrons can bring in their own bottles and enjoy free corkage.
All of Spumoni's homey restaurants brim with Old World ambience and warm zephyrs laden with the aromas of a broad selection of mouthwatering pastas and pizzas. Enjoy extravagant culinary indulgence not seen since the reign of Emperor Boyardee with a delectable antipasti dish, such as the Veggie Tower & Prosciutto, a shuffled deck of tomatoes, eggplant, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, and succulent Parma prosciutto ($9.95). For a bigger bite, wrap mouth muscles around the Gnocchi Fradiavola, piquant shrimp and white wine cradling tender spud-infused pasta as beautiful as a litter of Mr. Potato Heads ($16.95). The Herculean array of pizzas, such as the Capricciosa, studded with artichoke, ham, mushroom, and mozzarella ($17.95/12" pie), goes down much easier after a few glasses of muscle-loosening wines, including Sangiovese ($6/glass) and Moretti ($5/glass).Though this Groupon does not cover the $2.50 charge, Spumoni's expedient food runners deliver to homes, businesses, and Muppet-infested trashcans.
The first pie Nick-N-Willy's Pizza's chefs ever baked came out of an oven in Boulder, Colorado, but its menu travels the globe as the franchise has traveled around the United States. Classic Italian combinations abound, of course, but there's also the Greek-influenced, feta-topped Aegean pizza, the Canadian Chicken Club, and even a barbecue chicken variety. The fresh, creative combinations can also be freshly made and ready for home ovens via a take-and-bake option.
Casa De Pizza’s Sinatra Room takes its name from a visit from the legendary crooner, who reputedly left a $900 tip after sampling one of their pies. The room is filled with autographed Sinatra photos, records, and portraits—and on Thursday nights, his music is recreated by tribute band The Sounds of Sinatra. As for the specialty pizzas that sparked this fervor, they still slide atop black-and-white checkered tablecloths sporting a specially seasoned sauce and 100% whole milk mozzarella cheese. LA Weekly had this to say about the pizza rustica’s blend of capers, Mediterranean olives, and Romano cheese: “Even if you loathe Sinatra, you’ll walk out the door singing this pizza’s praises.” The pizzeria also sates appetites with classic Italian dishes such as baked cannelloni and angel hair pomidora.
Owner Vito Sasso inherited the Two Guys from Italy restaurant from founders Joseph Calderone and Luigi Devito, who opened more than 250 locations before leaving the original to Vito Sasso in 1995. Today, Sasso oversees the West Coast eatery, where chefs employ fresh garlic and virgin olive oil to craft Italian fare based on recipes passed down between generations through a series of monumental stone carvings of angel-hair pasta. Diners can choose from more than 400 variations of pizza and pasta on the menu, including manicotti, gnocchi a la Romana, and stuffed shells Napolitana. Steak, seafood, veal, and poultry dishes round out the menu.
Buon Gusto's classic Italian menu mollifies appetites with a spread of savory pasta plates. Start off with flavorful appetizers such as crab cakes with lobster sauce ($6.95), bruschetta ($5.50), and a belly-warming bowl of pastina in brodo (chicken broth with pasta; $7.50). With your appetite aptly antipastoed, try out pasta dishes such as the fusilli alla fantasia, a magical ride through toasted pine nuts, cream, brandy, shallots, and gorgonzola ($12.50). Sink seafaring pearlies into the linguine with clams or mussels ($17.50), or opt for the alla paillard, its tender veal kissed with extra-virgin olive oil and lemon ($17.95). Buon Gusto also tops tables with pizzas ($8.50–$16.95), calzones ($10.50), and family-style dinners ($10.95 per person), just right for patrons who prefer to control the migratory patterns of their dinner plates. Alternately, for the special wine tasting, guests will stop by to sip from a selection of four notable Spanish wines, each handpicked to tango with complementary appetizers.