Best Italian Restaurants in Beverly Hills
In Beverly Hills, you’ll find cuisines from around the globe, with Italian being our specialty. Whether you’re searching for more traditional dishes or classics with a modern twist, a bustling family-style restaurant or something a bit more romantic, we promise you’ll find any of these ten eateries a truly wonderful experience.
Da Pasquale Trattoria
A family run restaurant since 1989, Da Pasquale Trattoria is a classic Italian restaurant that stays true to the recipes from the southern Italian region. Enjoy dishes such as handmade Gnocchi alla Sorrentina with smoked mozzarella and basil in a tomato sauce, Zuppa di Pesce, a seafood soup with clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari and fish cooked in a fish broth with tomatoes and hot peppers, or go for a more hands-on approach and order the Margherita pizza topped with fresh buffalo mozzarella from Italy.
Born in Seravezza, Italy and raised in Tuscany before moving to Los Angeles at the age of ten, Edoardo Baldi credits his passion and skill for making Italian dishes to his mother and grandmother who allowed him to help in preparing the family meals. The menu at e.baldi is made up of dishes that remind chef Baldi of different parts of his life and is described as, “nothing fancy, no dishes with too many ingredients and flavors.” With a large menu from which to choose, such as risotto with roasted peppers and Dungeness crab or roasted veal chop and Linguine with fresh clams parsley and chili pepper, you’re sure to enjoy dining at this celebrity-favorite spot. Remember to save room for dessert; Chef Baldi studied the art of pastry baking under legendary baker Angelo Baldini in Tuscany, where he learned that Italian desserts are not just a dessert, they are an essential finale to every meal.
Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura
Gucci Osteria Beverly Hills is the second Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura to earn a Michelin star (September 2021) following the success of the first one that opened in Florence, Italy.
Promoting modern Italian cuisine while embracing local Californian ingredients, Gucci Osteria is led by Italian chef Mattia Agazzi, under the guidance of chef Massimo Bottura of three-star Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy and Karime Lopez, chef of the first Gucci Osteria in Florence.
Often hailed as one of Los Angeles’ most romantic restaurants, Il Cielo’s menu is just as enticing as its outdoor courtyard, which features a transparent rooftop so you can see the stars while dining. Enjoy homemade spinach ricotta ravioli with tomato sauce or grilled Atlantic salmon with sautéed broccolini topped with cherry tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. For those looking for a romantic experience, the restaurant offers romance packages to add onto your meal. These special touches include a tall candle for the table, a heart-shaped flourless chocolate cake and rose pedals sprinkled on the table.
Using the freshest ingredients & traditional cooking techniques, Il Fornaio offers a wide variety of premium-quality Italian food paired with an award-winning wine list & crafted cocktails in a beautiful setting. The Il Fornaio kitchen is supervised & guided by Veneto native Executive Chef Maurizio Mazzon using multi-generational family recipes & preparations that Italians have mastered over centuries of making great cuisine.
Gourmet magazine called Il Pastaio “A Taste of Heaven” and it’s no wonder why at this popular neighborhood-style restaurant on Beverly Hills’ Little Restaurant Row. The bustling patio is the place to see and be seen for lunch as paparazzi often wait nearby to spot celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Ewan McGregor and Gigi and Bella Hadid. The restaurant takes pride in their homemade pastas, which is evidenced by the 21 pasta dishes listed on their menu! From Spaghetti and Penne, to Bucantini and Spugnette, the selections feature something for every taste. Craving something a bit lighter? Select from Il Pastaio’s menu of 15 different salads. Caesar, mixed baby greens, Caprese, chopped grilled vegetables, the list goes on. As for the desserts, you can’t go wrong with their homemade Panna Cotta, Tiramisu or Budino di Panettone.
La Dolce Vita
With its retro Italian décor featuring ultra-cool red leather booths and chairs and classic brick walls, it’s no wonder why Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack king himself, was a frequent visitor to the restaurant. Sinatra dined at the restaurant so often that his favorite booth was dedicated with his name and a dish was named after him: the Steak Sinatra, a USDA prime 8oz. filet mignon with sautéed peppers and chianti demi glaze. Like many authentic Italian restaurants, the pastas at La Dolce Vita are all hand-made in house, daily. Serving entrées like Pan Seared Alaskan Halibut Alla Checca with baby purple artichokes and Ricotta Fritelle, warm ricotta fritters, orange blossom honey and vanilla gelato for dessert, you’ll be singing the restaurant’s praise to all of your friends and family.
In 2013, Andy and Carlo Brandon-Gordon stumbled onto the little town of Nerano while on their honeymoon. They stumbled because that’s what many people do when in Italy. They stumbled and fell in love with the town, the people, the way of life, and especially, the food! The couple decided they wanted to share what they had experienced and introduce Beverly Hills to the tastes of the Amalfi Coast, so they opened Nerano in an 85-year-old brick building that once housed a hair salon.
Pandemic times led the ultra-chic Italian restaurant to transform its back parking lot into Nerano al Fresco, which now boasts a garden-like setting, lush with citrus trees and greenery. It’s where vintage Italian films are projected onto the wall of a neighboring building. And where craft cocktails and international wines can be enjoyed alongside crudo and signature dishes such as the Linguine alla Nerano, Pesce alla Amalfitana, and Pizza Emiliana with pistachio cream.
Nerano is open Monday through Friday for lunch and nightly for dinner. Sister restaurant BG is located above Nerano and is available for private events, as are the indoor and outdoor dining areas. Catering services are also offered.
For nearly 20 years, Piccolo Paradiso has been delighting patrons with authentic Italian cuisine and a one-of-a-kind dining experience on South Beverly Drive. In the intimate dining room, waiters greet local diners by name as they serve delicious dishes such as Gnocci Paradiso and Spaghetti Alla Chitarra.
Twenty years ago, the Drago family name was introduced to the Los Angeles restaurant scene and has been a staple ever since. Renowned chef/restaurateur, Giacomino Drago owns eight restaurants collectively, all very successful including Il Pastaio and Piccolo Paradiso in Beverly Hills. Giacomino has collaborated with his brother Tanino on another venture with a fresh look and feel named Via Alloro.
Via Alloro is an upscale Italian restaurant with a popular patio & celebrity clientele.
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Updated: October 23, 2021.