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Angeli Caffe:99 Essential Restaurants 2011

If you wanted a pure blast of Los Angeles in the 1980s, you could listen to an X album. Or you could visit Angeli Caffe, the restaurant home of food-media czar Evan Kleiman, whose menu of roast chicken, tagliata and spaghetti alla checca has barely changed in 25 years, because it doesn't need to, any more than that great old trattoria around the corner from your hotel in Rome needs to alter its Thursday recipe for gnocchi. This restaurant crystallized the affinity of Angelenos for this kind of casual Italian cooking decades ago, and hundreds of imitators have come and gone, but Angeli endures, a place to get fried rice balls stuffed with mozzarella, a simple pizza, or spaghetti dressed with a few stalks of fresh asparagus or a handful of clams. Sometimes there is no place you would rather be. 7274 Melrose Ave. (323) 936-9086, angelicaffe.com. Lunch, Tues.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; dinner, Tues.-Thurs. & Sun., 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m. Beer and wine. Delivery. Valet parking. All major CC. Italian.

99 Essential L.A. Restaurants 2011:

Jonathan Gold's Introduction
Anne Fishbein's Photos
The Google Map

The List:

A-Frame
Akasha
Alcazar
Angeli Caffe
Angelini Osteria
Animal
Antojitos Carmen
Attari
Babita
Bludso's
Border Grill
Bottega Louie
Bulgarini Gelato
Cacao
Campanile
Casa Bianca
Chang's Garden
Chego
Chichén Itzá
Chung King
Church & State
Ciro's
Comme Ça
Cut
Dae Bok
Din Tai Fung
Drago Centro
El Huarache Azteca
El Parian
Elvirita's
Euro Pane Bakery
Eva
Fab Hot Dogs
Father's Office
Fig
Gjelina
Golden Deli
Golden State
Good Girl Dinette
The Gorbals
Guelaguetza
Guisados
Huckleberry
Hungry Cat
Ink.
Jar
Jitlada
Kiriko
Kobawoo
La Casita Mexicana
Langer's
Larkin's
Lazy Ox Canteen
Le Comptoir
Little Dom's
Lou
Lucques
LudoBites
Lukshon
Mantee
Marouch
Mayura
Meals by Genet
Mélisse
Mezze
Mo-Chica
Mother Dough
Mozza
Musso & Frank Grill
Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
Newport Tan Cang Seafood Restaurant
The Nickel
Night + Market
Oinkster
101 Noodle Express
Palate Food + Wine
Park's Barbecue
Picca
Playa
Pollos a la Brasa
Providence
Ray's
Red Medicine
Rivera
Rustic Canyon
Salt's Cure
Sapp Coffee Shop
Sea Harbour
Son of a Gun
Sotto
Spago
Spice Table
Street
Tacos Baja Ensenada
Tasting Kitchen
Terroni
Tsujita L.A.
Vincenti
Waterloo & City

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Angeli Caffe - Closed

7274 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

323-936-9086

www.angelicaffe.com


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