When you think of the classic, old-school Italian restaurants in your life, you probably think of those ancient spots where marinara sauce smells have embedded themselves into the red leather booths over the centuries. Where the Christmas lights are still up from last year, and any remotely famous person who’s walked through the door has a signed photo in a collage by the bathrooms. These might seem like essential elements of the authentic Italian experience, but Angelini Osteria proves otherwise.
Angelini Osteria on Beverly Blvd. does not have that signature old-school Italian aesthetic. The modern space, with its minimal decor, tall ceilings, and massive windows feels far more likely to serve a bashful take on the carrot than a massive slice of lasagna. But don’t be fooled. Angelini is one of the most Italian Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, and they accomplish it with their phenomenal food and one of the best waitstaffs you'll meet.
At Angelini, the hospitality goes far beyond making sure the table’s cleared after each course - it’s about the way the waitstaff talks, in their rousingly thick Italian accents, both to you and about the food itself. This isn’t a job for these people, it’s a source of pride. And that pride spills over to every dish on the table. From the bianca pizza to the branzino to that massive slice of lasagna, the food at Angelini Osteria is on a higher level than just about anybody's. You’re going to drop a lot of money here, but Angelini is one of the rare places you’re thrilled to be doing so.
Warning: Angelini's loyal following of regulars snatch up tables quickly, making online reservations a bit of a warzone. Just give the place a call, as they usually set aside some walk-in tables for you and you and your friends who can’t plan anything more than two days in advance. And despite the modern space and high prices, the atmosphere you'll find inside is relaxed - we promise. Yes, there’ll be some guys in suit jackets drinking expensive bottles of wine, but there’ll also be casual dates in the corner eating pasta and drinking not-quite-as-expensive wine.
It might not look like it from the street, but Angelini Osteria is, in fact, a classic old-school Italian restaurant. Now it’s just time to put it permanently in your life.
Don't expect your usual chicken liver mousse here. These are massive hunks of the bad boys placed over some green beans and it's as wonderful as it is simple.
It’s not every day you order lasagna at a restaurant, but when you’re at Angelini, you do. With its spinach pasta stacked to the heavens with pork and veal ragu, this is one of their signature dishes, and it's a must.
This isn’t always on the menu, but when it is, run as fast as you can. The pasta itself is perfect, and after watching the truffle guy come over and shave off fresh pieces into the dish, it’s hard not feel true ecstasy wash over you. This is one of the best pasta dishes in the city.
Bone marrow > everything else. And that saffron gnocchetti at the bottom doesn't hurt a thing.
Probably due to the fact that Angelini’s pasta is among the best around, its pizza is rarely talked about. But rest assured - it’s fantastic. And the thin slices make for an ideal middle course.
At any other pasta spot, this would probably be the best thing on the menu. But compared to the other insane pasta Angelini has, this one isn't quite as impressive. That said, if you need some pumpkin squash-filled pasta in your life, this is what you order.
Presented to the table as a whole fish and then cut up by a waiter because you would have no idea how to eat it otherwise, this is another signature dish, and you’re definitely going to order it. It’s rich and salty and complete seafood nirvana.