Vincenti Ristorante

11930 San Vicente Blvd.
Brentwood, CA 90049
310-207-0127
Vincenti Ristorante

Photo by Anne Fishbein

Details

  • Mon-Sat 5:30pm-10pm, Fri 12pm-2pm
  • $$$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Business Dining, Private Party, Prix Fixe, Takeout
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
Valentino may be grander than Vincenti, La Terza flashier and Giorgio Baldi may draw a more famous clientele, but Vincenti feels like the spiritual center of fine Italian cooking in Los Angeles, its hearth. And befitting a hearth, much of Nicola Mastronardi's food comes from the big, hardwood-burning ovens, flavored with the presence of smoke, forests, stone chimneys and chilly afternoons - a scallop, say, sprinkled with bread crumbs and baked in its shell until it sizzles; a magnificent veal chop; soft curls of cuttlefish tucked into an herb salad; a whole, truffle-laced squab. The adjacent rotisserie turns out the best restaurant version of porchetta I have ever tasted in California - loin and belly are wrapped into a spiral, seasoned with fennel and spit-roasted to a crackling, licorice-y succulence. It is certainly possible to eat several mediocre Italian meals elsewhere in this neighborhood for the price of a single superb one here. At these times, it is good to remember that on Monday nights, pizza also comes out of these ­ovens.

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