I'm looking for an Italian place for dinner tomorrow. I'll be in LAX area but will be heading towards Chino Hills later on. Can anyone recommend a good Italian restaurant?
I've tried to make reservation at Mozza and as usual they're booked till 10:30.
I did some search on the board and found Angelini Osteria. When I pulled up their menu on their website, it doesn't seem like they have much selection on pasta. Do they really just serve what's listed there?
Pasta e Fagioli - with Maltagliati Pasta and Borlotti Beans $7
Pumpkin Tortelli - with Butter, Sage and Asparagus $15
Spaghetti - with Eggplant, Tomato, Basil and Dried Ricotta $13
Trofie alla Riviera - Short Spiral Pasta with Shrimp, Cherry Tomaotes and Spinach $16
Risotto with Mixed Seafood Ragu $18
LasagnaVerde "Omaggio Nonna Elvira" - with Beef and Veal Ragu $12
Bombolotti all' Amatriciana - with Guanciale, San Marzano Tomatoes and Hot Pepper $14
Angelini Osteria has more selections than you have listed.
I would also recommend: La Terza (Angelini's sister restaurant), All 'Angelo, Amarome Kicthen.
You can show up at Mozza with no reservation and try for a seat at one of the bars, since those are first-come first-serve. Earlier the better, though.
If you are in LAX, try piccolo in Venice. It is semi close. Mangiamos in Manhattan Beach is nearby-ish and decent but certainly not "good".
You don't have to go to Mozza. There are other good places for pasta.
Amarone and All' Angelo are just fine. Angelini has plenty of pasta and is also good.
"it doesn't seem like they have much selection on pasta"
What kind of pasta are you looking for?
If you're looking for authentic italian, Angelini is the way to go. However, like any truly authentic place, that means that the pastas are not giant entree sized platters meant to be focus of the meal. They are delicious, smaller plates. The spaghettis is especially delicious. They do usually have some additional selections, I believe. Pizzas are also quite nice here.
You should consider IlMoro on Olympic in WLA. Relatively close to LAX and they have very good pasta dishes