Despite its ridiculous name, Maccheroni Republic is an excellent neighborhood spot for pasta in DTLA. The atmosphere is super laid-back, so if you feel like carbo-loading on a random Wednesday night, you won’t have a problem showing up in your workout clothes. The patio is a great spot for a casual date (not necessarily involving workout clothes), especially with a bottle of wine in tow thanks to the handy BYOB policy.
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