Contrary to popular belief, when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's a lawsuit. Enjoy Italian cuisine without fear of physical reprisal with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fresh Italian fare and drinks at Amalfi Ristorante & Bar located on the northern edge of La Brea Restaurant Row. This Groupon is good for dine-in only.
Snag a romantic spot by the glow of the fireplace, or grab a breezy seat on the outdoor patio and scan Amalfi's menu of hearty Italian specialties and delicate dishes. Appetizers include carrot & ginger soup ($7) and a hearty antipasto plate of Italian meats and cheeses cozying up to olives and roasted peppers ($13). The boudin blanc sausage, sautéed with apples and leeks in a sherry-wine sauce and served with garlic-confit mashed potatoes ($12), is substantial enough to feed a fleet of mouth ships, and short ribs, covered in a mascarpone sage and paired with pumpkin ravioli ($17), hypnotize tongues into licking plates. Pair your plate with a cocktail, or sip and swirl grapen goodness from Amalfi's extensive wine list.
Amalfi is co-owned by Adam Carolla, one of Hollywood's foremost comedians and hedgehog jugglers. Above the restaurant, there's a comedy/music lounge where well-known acts catch laughs and release them into the building's atmosphere, from which they aid digestion and enhance wine aromas. Low lighting, a fireplace, and warm earthy tones make the restaurant a chic setting for marriage proposals, divorce proposals, or admissions of twinning.
- Young, relaxed, soothing environment. The luscious Pumpkin Ravioli with Braised Short Ribs is worth the trip from anywhere. – MadelynS9766, Zagat member
- Amalfi is a convivial place in which to enjoy solid---and not always predictable---trattoria fare. – Gayot
- This is definitely one of the better restaurants around and my husband and I go here often. – a VIP OpenTable reviewer who dined on 5/29/2010
Amalfi Ristorante's ties to the entertainment industry are almost as strong as its ties to traditional Italian fine dining. The restaurant sits next door to the famed ACME Comedy Theatre and beneath Room 5 Lounge, which hosts shows by up-and-coming local musicians and comics. The entertainment at Room 5 comes with a side of history: jazz legend Nathaniel “Nat” Cole's band assembled there in 1937, when the building was still known as Swanee Inn.
Even with these connections to comedy and music present, Amalfi Ristorante's chefs remain solely focused on the refined Old World cooking that they prepare for diners. Homemade pasta dishes and wood-fired pizzas topped with everything from prosciutto and mixed mushrooms to shrimp and spinach exemplify this commitment to Italian culinary traditions. However, the chefs also feature a small number of contemporary American dishes, such as Cajun-style seared tuna and a half-pound burger on a brioche bun.
The simple elegance of Amalfi Ristorante's dining room mirrors the chefs' willingness to incorporate rustic influences into a refined atmosphere. Exposed wooden ceiling beams complement the warm earth tones of the tan banquettes as well as the cream-hued linens that adorn each table. Thanks to its scattered candles and flickering fireplace, the space maintains a soft and intimate glow long after sunset.
143 N La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90036Get Directions