Drago Centro might not be the most exciting Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, but they still serve a very good bowl of pasta - and that means a lot in our books. Plus, its financial district location makes it a great dinner spot before seeing a show at The Ahmanson or Walt Disney Concert Hall. While $85 isn’t exactly affordable dining, their five-course prix fixe is a good amount of food and also a great way to have a special occasion dinner without having to Craigslist temp work on your way home.
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Jon & Vinny’s second outpost is in Brentwood, and - like the original - has fantastic Italian food and massive crowds.
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