Centuries ago, thousands of varieties of pasta roamed the glens and dells of the fresh world. Snare the remaining shaggy rigatoni, majestic mountain ziti, and sea spaghetti with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of La Finestra's delicious homemade pasta, pizzas, paninos, salads, and other fine Italian cuisine and vintages. This deal is good for dine-in and takeout.
Let the warm red and gold hues of La Finestra's décor pique your light lunchtime appetite for a Caesar panino with chicken breast, romaine, Caesar dressing, and parmesan cheese ($10) or a cup of handmade pomodore tomato soup with lemon and garlic ($6). La Finestra, Italian for "The Finestra," really excels at dinner fare. As the evening lights of LA simmer, whet your palate with antipasto La Finestra, a platter of imported meats with cheeses, roasted red bell peppers, and marinated calamari ($12, $18 large); or decorate your date-charming chompers with a rustica salad of radicchio, arugula, endive, mushrooms, and shaved parmesan ($7, $10 large). The veal scaloppini di vitello comes in several varieties—basted in wine, with fresh-chopped tomatoes, or with asparagus and mushrooms ($22)—and is hard not to refuse to refuse if you haven't yet refused concurrent offers from the ravioli aurora (stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach and drizzled with pink sauce, $15) and the thin-crusted pizza portofino (with mozzarella, gorgonzola, and caramelized onions, $15). La Finestra's friendly, accommodating staff will do their best to prepare your pizza any way you wish.
Buy your dinner a friend from La Finestra's wide-ranging wine list, featuring red, white, and sparkling wines from the modest Beringer ($26 a bottle) to the eyebrow-peaking "Super Tuscan" Banfi Summas ($120). (Your Groupon cannot be combined with Tuesday's half-price wine bottle special.) La Finestra is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Reservations are required.
The Los Angeles Times reviewed La Finestra:
- With creative specials, a diverse wine list celebrating some of the best California & Italian wines available, along with fresh fish, veal, chicken and regional pasta dishes, La Finestra promises an evening you won’t soon forget. They make all their sauces, dressings, their famous gnocchi and pizza dough from scratch, and they use only the finest imported Italian cheeses to finish every dish perfectly. Don’t forget to try their homemade Tiramisu, it is the only way to end a great Italian meal! – Los Angeles Times
- …if you live in Woodland Hills, Tarzana, or anywhere else nearby there is one Italian restaurant that sets the bar for all the others - La Finestra on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana. From the mouthwatering super-thin pizza's [sic] to a wide array of masterfully crafted Italian entrees to delicious homemade desserts including their famous Tiramisu.,, And the service is nothing short of excellent. – Doug Brown, Urbanspoon
- La Finestra is the shining beacon of hearty yummyness. The lazagne [sic] is ridiculous. Make sure to order a Margherita Pizza first thing when you sit down. It can't be beat. Very accommodating staff. The owner is always present and friendly. – theheavyd, Citysearch