2905 Washington Blvd.
Venice, CA 90292
Scopa +

Photo: Anne Fishbein Meatball hero


  • Daily 5 p.m. - close.
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Valet Parking
At Scopa Italian Roots in Venice, Chef Antonia Lofaso is serving a menu that touches on California but mainly pays homage to Italy. Lofaso's Italian-American roots get their due as well, with upscale, bar-food versions of the cold-cuts hero sandwich and meatball sub. Cold and hot antipasti take up most of the emotional energy on this menu, with a pleasurable pasta detour, as well as a few pricey meat dishes. When Scopa is good, it is very, very good. Lofaso is serving one of the best sunchoke dishes in town, and some of Lofaso's pastas are breathtaking. There are a lot of fun little plates of tasty things that are great going down but which you barely remember afterward. Desserts are straightforward Italian nostalgia: cheesecake and cannoli, and a chocolate panna cotta that's a bit too wobbly and not quite creamy enough.

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