Pasta Primavera's kitchen has forged traditional Italian dishes for 15 years, using fresh ingredients and culinary know-how to craft hearty meals. Lit by twinkling bulbs overhead, plates piled with steaming pasta and glasses of wine drawn from a well-curated list travel through the dining room, ushered in by Primavera's attentive staff. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant also serves up a kid-friendly menu for insatiable whippersnappers and adults still wearing 90s-era L.A. Lights.
Dinner can be a hectic affair, and some families find that getting a filling, nutritious meal onto the table every night is sometimes exhausting. Knowing that dining out every night can quickly break the budget, entrepreneur Jay Cornwall decided to bridge the gap between takeout and at-home meals with a menu of freshly prepared pasta, ravioli, sauce, and entrees that can be fashioned into a full meal in less than 10 minutes. Every day, his chefs create a selection of 24 pastas, 15 sauces, and a signature entree, as well as mac 'n' cheese and lasagna. Chefs also curate a range of sides, bread, and wine, and even offer pairing advice on complementary flavors.
Sergio's Pasta Shop is an Italian specialty retail store that specializes in freshly made pasta, ravioli, and sauces that you bring home and cook. To compliment your meal, we also sell wine, cannolis, gelato and other Italian pantry items.
Vienna Pizzaria, previously known as The Pizza Guys, extinguishes hunger with customizable pies that headline a full menu of fresh, casual Italian and American fare. Dough molders draw from an arsenal of 38 classic and exotic toppings⎯including everything from clams and boiled eggs to corn and hearts of palm⎯to festoon 16-inch large pizzas. Guests may also take the old-fashioned route with tried-and-true embellishments such as pepperoni and mushrooms, creating a meal as traditional as an edible Norman Rockwell painting. Additionally, house salads squash vegetable cravings with a flurry of ingredients, including kidney beans, cucumbers, and black olives.
From the lofted ceiling, an elegant, oversized chandelier illuminates understated cream-colored walls and aromatic Tuscan cuisine crafted from fresh local produce. A recently updated menu orbits around handcrafted pastas and vegetarian options such as cheese ravioli embellished with mushrooms, artichokes, and bell peppers ($13.95). Lighter-than-air gnocchi ($13.95) threaten to shake off pesto and a dainty drop of cream to float off and join cloud circuses. Grilled tomatoes and basmati rice rush at each other in a jousting match over the honor of a saffron-and-lemon-marinated leg of lamb ($19.95), and the chef delicately sautés a salmon fillet in cold-pressed virgin olive oil before leaving it balanced atop an amalgamation of veggies still clutching farewell gifts from scarecrows ($19.95).
Broccoli, zucchini, clams, and linguica sausage. They’re not the kinds of pizza toppings you find at every Italian restaurant, but at Luigi’s, chefs give each bite of hand-tossed pizza the potential to truly evoke the flavors of Italy. While seated on padded maroon chairs, guests can dig into the eatery’s other specialties such as seafood risotto and eggplant parmigiana, or pasta dishes that include linguini with clams and house-made gnocchi. Guests sipping on glasses of Californian or Italian wine can admire framed artwork of old-country landscapes or glance outside one of the restaurant's many windows in hopes that a vineyard has suddenly sprouted up across the street.
Diners at Barolo are surrounded by Italian influences in the wooden floors and tables as well as the menu, which features seasonal ingredients and local specialties. Start with an antipasti of fritto misto, made with Monterey calamari, local artichokes, lemon, and caper aioli ($10). Then move on to secondi such as the cornish game hen marinated in lemon and rosemary and served with polenta cake ($17), or the linguini and clams, with Italian sausage, garlic, basil, parsley, and white wine ($10 small plate, $18 large). Have a side such as the truffle fries ($5) and a signature Pax Basilicus cocktail (rum, lime, agave nectar, basil, $10); then, finish with a classic tiramisu for dessert ($7). Reservations are required, so call ahead.