This neighborhood Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills is certainly a scene, but not in the way you’d expect from a restaurant on N. Canon Drive. Generations of families gather around the same bowls of pasta they’ve been eating for decades, and large groups of friends who are all back in town for the holidays chug wine so they can actually fall asleep in their childhood beds. Being in Il Pastaio’s string-lit dining room is like being in that hometown restaurant where no matter when you look, you’ll see someone you know.
Where we've featured it
Think Los Angeles isn’t a holiday hotbed? Check out these spots.
More spots in Beverly HillsSee more
Sushi Tama in Beverly Hills is home to some of the most fresh and affordable fish in the neighborhood.
Villa Blanca is the original Lisa Vanderpump restaurant, and that’s about the only interesting thing about it.
More Italian spotsSee more
Union is the best restaurant in Pasadena, and one of the best Italian restaurants in all of LA.
Boccali’s is a red sauce Italian spot in Ojai with fine pizzas and pasta, good strawberry shortcake, and a fantastic outdoor seating area out back.
Blair's is a true neighborhood spot and one of the few places left in Silver Lake actually filled with people from Silver Lake.
Suggested by our writers
For Italian food in Los Angeles, it still doesn’t get any better than Bestia in the Arts District.
Dan Tana’s is an LA classic and the kind of place where every night feels like a celebration.
The Factory Kitchen
Factory Kitchen tends to gets overshadowed by its famous Arts District neighbors, but it’s one of the best Italian spots in Los Angeles.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more