Nestled into an office building at San Vicente Boulevard and Darlington Avenue, Toscana is one of L.A.’s most desirable spots for Tuscan cuisine. Whether it’s lunch or dinner, the small restaurant is packed with a full house of patrons, many of whom are regulars from the surrounding community. It’s the friendliness of the servers, chefs and host staff that will make you feel as if you are visiting a family villa in Tuscany, but it’s the house-made pasta that will keep you at your table exclaiming “grazie.” Even the simplest items on the menu are an experience — such as the spaghetti pomodoro or the bucatini pasta with pecorino and black pepper. Not to mention the pizza. Or, if you are in the mood for something from the wood-burning oven, try the pollo al mattone with fresh rosemary. Mexican-born chef Hugo Vasquez curates rotating prix fixe menus for special occasions such as New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day as well as periodic dinners with guest Italian winemakers. And when white truffle season hits in the fall, Toscana celebrates with selections like the 14-ounce dry-aged New York steak, roasted in the wood-burning oven and served with celery root puree and shaved white truffles. —Michele Stueven
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