Italian Restaurants in Pico

25% Off Italian Cuisine at Vito Restaurant

Vito Restaurant

Mid-City

$100 $75

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Trio of Italian immigrants runs 34-year-old restaurant, which serves classic, Old-World recipes in space with vintage charm

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Bella Vista Brazilian Pizza

Washington Culver

$29.98 $17

(499)

Ham, cinnamon, green peas, Brazilian-style cream cheese, condensed milk, fresh fruit, and beef stroganoff crown 30 types of gourmet pizzas

Up to 70% Off Italian Food at Polentoni 

Polentoni

Culver City

$142 $49

(356)

Traditional Italian dishes served in an eatery with rustic brick walls, exposed ceiling rafters, and rich wooden floors

40% Off Local, Organic Cuisine at EVO Kitchen

EVO kitchen

Hollywood

$25 $15

Vegans and meat lovers share a table at this casual eatery that caters to many tastes—including gluten-free—with a minimal carbon footprint

39% Off Pizza at 161 Street Pizzeria

161 Street Pizzeria

Hollywood Hills

$18 $11

(18)

More than 20 toppings such as barbecue chicken rest atop crust and house-made sauce alongside pasta, subs, and chicken parmesan

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BYOPizza

Redondo Beach

$10 $6

Build your own pizza with eclectic sauces and toppings such as southwest chipotle pesto, asiago cheese, lobster, and cilantro

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Pedone's Pizza

Hermosa Beach

$20 $10

(102)

Hot sandwiches and classic italian pastas make tasty individual meals, and specialty pizzas fill small groups of bellies

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Palermo Ristorante Italiano

Los Feliz

$67.45 $40

(740)

Appetizers of prosciutto and melon precede entrees such as lasagna bolognese, veal picata, and tilapia in a marsala sauce

40% Off Pizza at Garage Pizza

Garage Pizza

Silverlake

$25 $15

(502)

Crispy, thin-crust pies topped with fresh mozzarella, pesto, meatballs, and other ingredients from a pizza place open until 4 a.m.

Up to 41% Off Italian Dinner at Lago D'Argento Pizzeria

Lago D'Argento Pizzeria

Lago D'Argento Pizzeria

$40 $24

Risotto balls and cajun alfredo linguini segue into gourmet pies such as white truffle or roasted duck with gouda

40% Off at Garage Pizza

Garage Pizza

Downtown Los Angeles

$25 $15

(308)

Sauceless white pizzas topped with ricotta and garlic, traditional margherita, and specialties covered in meatballs, sausage, and pepperoni

46%% Off Dinner for Two or Four at Portofino Cucina Italiana

Portofino Cucina Italiana

Downtown Los Angeles

$100 $59

Naples–born chef shares favorite home recipes such as homemade gnocchi or seafood brodetto stew through a tasting menu

Up to 53% Off Italian Dinner at Buon Gusto Ristorante

Buon Gusto Ristorante

Mission Hills

$103.20 $49

Basil and eggplant grown in the restaurant's own garden enhance classic Italian dishes made with care

Up to 50% Off Italian Cuisine at Two Guys from Italy

Two Guys from Italy

Granada Hills

$18 $9

Fresh garlic and virgin olive oil flavor Italian dishes such as carbonara pasta with a choice of seven noodles or pollo scarpariello

45% Off Italian Food at The Kitchen Italian Cafe and Pizzeria

The Kitchen Italian Cafe and Pizzeria

Old Pasadena

$20 $11

(223)

Classic Italian dishes such as chicken parmigiana with spaghetti, meat lasagna, sausage rolls, and Sicilian-style pizzas

Johnny Carino’s – $10 for Italian Food 

Johnny Carino’s

Downey

$20 $10

(112)

Menu features signature dishes such as spaghetti skillets, house-made 16-layer lasagna, 21 varieties of pizza, and balsamic barbecue ribs

47% Off Italian Cuisine at Viva La Pasta

Viva La Pasta

Simi Valley

$30 $16

(134)

400+ variations of pasta and gourmet pizza alongside Italian specialties and paninis served amid patio's white umbrellas and fountains

Up to 45% Off at De Luca's Italian Restaurant

De Luca's Italian Restaurant

Whittier

$40 $22

Classic pasta dishes such as gnocchi and stuffed eggplant parmigiana along with New York–style thin-crust pizzas

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The sun rises and sets on the staff at Milo and Olive. From 7 a.m., bakers start filling the chalk-scrawled bakery trays with house-made baguettes, bagels, and pastries, and at 11 p.m., the last waiter clocks out after a long night's work. In between, customers can watch the chefs work in an open kitchen as they begin preparing for lunch and dinner crowds by roasting vegetables, braising meats, and returning eggs to their rightful hens. Chef Jason Mattick lets the ingredients he culls from farmer’s markets inspire the majority of his afternoon and evening menus. Aside from creating leafy salads and small plates, these veggies crown pizzas from a selection that changes regularly, depending on the ingredients on hand. Mattick finishes each one—which could be topped with locally produced mozzarella or sustainably raised meats—in the restaurant’s wood-burning oven.

2723 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica,
CA
US

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.

3115 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica,
CA
US

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 : sautéed 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
2807 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica,
CA
US

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2901 Ocean Park Blvd, Ste 123
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Guido's Restaurant hasn't changed much since opening in 1979. It hasn't had to. The same fireplace still crackles by red booths that are both plush and spacious. The same carved wooden statues and floral accents line the walls and support the bar. And the same deep-stained hardwood columns and wine racks add a smoky sophistication, recalling a mountain lodge or Winston Churchill's childhood treehouse. When cast in low light, these exude nostalgia to create a vintage atmosphere ideal for dates or family meals.

The food is equally classic—Northern Italian recipes that have found their way from generation to generation. The authenticity is apparent in their ingredients. Swiss chard and fresh basil sink into the ravioli di magro, whereas white wine and porcini mushrooms complement the pollo toscana. And if that taste of wine isn't enough, high-end and more modest varietals from California and across the globe can be fetched from the cellar.

11980 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Santino's Tapas & Grill's friendly chefs and servers delight patrons with warm welcomes, a convivial tapas-bar atmosphere, and menu of shareable plates, delicious pastas, paninis, and steaks. The outgoing staff members pride themselves in making each guest feel at home, entertaining visitors with positive energy, witty banter, and sophisticated Vaudevillian comedy routines. As diners eagerly devour fresh salads, mouthwatering Spanish finger food, and juicy cuts of meat, a colorful display of weathered-wood accents, colorful artwork, and interesting cork sculptures excites the eyeballs.

3021 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica,
CA
US