Italian Restaurants in Santa Monica


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  • Mosto Enoteca
    The chefs at Mosto Enoteca consider the relationship between Italian cooking and wine an “enduring affair,” and their intimate eatery certainly keeps the flame alive. Over the flickering of candlelight, diners indulge in grilled New Zealand snapper, dijon-slathered pork chops, and housemade ravioli stuffed with pumpkin and drizzled with sage butter. Plates can be paired with a selection from the wine list, which features a generous assortment of varietals hailing from Italy, and also closer to home. The dinner menu may not be lengthy, but it packs a punch—Zagat named Mosto Enoteca one of the city’s five best Italian eateries in 2013. The restaurant's simple interior keeps the focus on the award-winning food. In the dining room, butcher-paper placemats sit atop rough-hewn tables, and blond-wood wine racks line the walls. Out on the patio, the candles that sit glowing on each table mirror the twinkling city lights beyond.
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    517 West Washington Boulevard
    Marina Del Rey, CA US
  • Spumoni Cafe
    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.
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    713 Montana Ave.
    Santa Monica, CA US
  • Valentino - Santa Monica
    The Three Faces of Valentino Italian Restaurant A Local Staple for More Than 40 Years For a restaurant that essentially started on a whim in 1972, Valentino has proved itself to have immense staying power. In those early days, the vibe was informal to say the least. "We had a handwritten menu, a very personal approach, and offered whatever we had,” says owner Piero Selvaggio in an article for Eater. But this overt simplicity belies the restaurant's knack for trendsetting—they also owned an espresso machine in those early days, long before many places in the United States even dreamed of such a thing. Today, Valentino isn’t quite the laid-back trattoria it once was. Just in the way people now expect most Italian restaurants to own an espresso machine, they come to Valentino’s expecting fine Italian cuisine devoid of checkered tablecloths and heavy sauces. The restaurant’s evolution is no surprise—Selvaggio has been running a restaurant longer than many of his competitors, and if his Michelin star signifies anything, he's likely still doing it better. Valentino's current-day menus—crafted by Sardinian chef Nico Chessa—keep the restaurant's flair for innovation alive with vegetarian and gluten-free dishes served alongside Italian classics made with farm-to-table ingredients. Seasonal Dishes In an attempt to keep things innovative and fresh, literally and figuratively, Valentino changes its menu with the seasons. Depending on the time of year, the menu may highlight duck-meat-stuffed crepes with fruit chutney made of apples, peaches, and pears, or feature a pasta with prosciutto, pancetta, and pecorino shavings. Appetizers may include 24-month aged prosciutto di parma and pan-seared diver scallops with lobster sauce. Award-Winning Wine Cellar The thousands of bottles that line Valentino's wine cellar have earned Wine Spectator's Grand Award every year since 1981, the year that wine was first invented. Emphasizing Italian, Californian, and French wines, the selection features everything from boutique-vineyard varietals to the extremely rare 1891 Brunello Biondi-Santi Riserva, one of only four bottles in the world.
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    3115 Pico Blvd
    Santa Monica, CA US
  • Vito Restaurant
    Tradition trumps the passage of time at Vito Restaurant, which remains unfailingly committed to timeless Italian recipes and the ambiance of an elegant, bygone era. Tuxedo-clad servers navigate their way through a dining room decorated with ornate ceramic vases and oil paintings in gilded frames, taking orders and suggesting the ideal wines to accompany diners' meals. This sort of vintage charm is difficult to fake. Vito Restaurant earned it by staying true to the same ideals for more than 30 years. Important Dates 1964 : Vito Somma graduates from culinary school in Naples, Italy, which happens to be the hometown of Roberto and Giovanna Somma. 1967 : After cooking in kitchens throughout northern and southern Italy, Vito leaves the country to study other European cuisines. 1972 : Vito, Roberto, and Giovanna decide to move to the United States with the intent of opening a restaurant together. 1975 : The trio's westward travels end when it reaches Los Angeles. 1980 : Vito Restaurant opens its doors for the first time, allowing the group to share its passion for Old-World cooking with the New World. What to Order? Dinner and a Show : traditional caesar salad tossed tableside Vegetarian : homemade linguine with a traditional pesto sauce made with fresh basil, garlic, olive oil and pine nuts Craving Heat : penne pasta in zesty tomato sauce with spicy chili peppers Craving Actual Fire : saut?ed veal slices mixed with chopped prosciutto, mushrooms, and peas, glazed with brandy, then ignited Mistrustful of Fire Altogether : beef carpaccio with capers and olive oil
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    2807 Ocean Park Blvd.
    Santa Monica, CA US
  • C and O Trattoria
    An intimate dining experience, C and O Trattoria serves Italian-style cuisine. C and O Trattoria will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items. You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from C and O Trattoria's full bar to top off your meal. Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to C and O Trattoria — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad. At C and O Trattoria, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably. Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on C and O Trattoria's gorgeous patio. Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud. Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table. Shake off the stiff workday duds at C and O Trattoria — attire is casual. Prefer to dine from the comfort of your own couch? Swing by C and O Trattoria for carry out, or have them come to you with delivery. That's right! C and O Trattoria will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion. Both street parking and valet parking options are readily available near C and O Trattoria. Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at C and O Trattoria. With prices generally staying under $15, you can easily afford to treat a pal or a date at C and O Trattoria. Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
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    31 Washington Blvd
    Marina Del Rey, CA US
  • C and O Cucina
    C and O Cucina is the perfect place for sweethearts to share a plate of pasta Bolognese. Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here. Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here. Tots and tykes will be right at home at C and O Cucina with its kid-approved food and ambience. Impress your friends and invite them to a party to remember at C and O Cucina. For comfortable outdoor service, C and O Cucina sets up a seasonal patio. Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time. Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at C and O Cucina. Throwing a big party? Count on C and O Cucina to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love. Need a night in? Don't miss out on C and O Cucina's delicious food — you can carry it out to eat at home or have them deliver it straight to you. Valet service is offered in the lot next door, where patrons can choose to park their own vehicles as well. When the lot gets busy, diners can turn to street parking. Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at C and O Cucina. Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at C and O Cucina running under $30 per person.
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    3016 Washington Blvd
    Marina Del Rey, CA US

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