Representing Italian culinary influences from Northern Italy to the tip of the boot, Los Angeles Italian restaurants are as diverse as the city’s own neighborhoods. Bestia, which has received a nod as one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles from Eater 38, specializes in multiregional Italian food, featuring Napolitana pizza baked in a wood-burning oven alongside Spaghetti Rustichella in squid ink bottarga and butter poached lobster. Italian joints are also some of the most romantic restaurants in Los Angeles. Take for instance Il Cielo, where guests dine on Tuscan dishes beneath twinkling lights and chandeliers in an enchanting garden. Hollywood restaurants of the Italian persuasion include Miceli’s, which has served celebrities from The Beatles to Julia Roberts.

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