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Vincenti Ristorante: 99 Essential Restaurants 2013

PHOTO BY ANNE FISHBEIN

Once upon a time, many more Italian restaurants resembled Maureen Vincenti's Brentwood "ristorante" than do now: old country–accented servers, beautiful wine lists, menus that seem more like manifestos than what's for dinner. So it's a supreme pleasure to sit back leisurely at Vincenti and revel in a plate of chef Nicola Mastronardi's perfectly constructed agnolotti or porchetta-style roasted pork or Barolo-braised veal cheeks; to watch Vincenti expertly work the room, pausing to greet regulars, many of whom probably have been coming to the restaurant since her late husband was behind the stoves; to watch with polite furtiveness as the occasional local movie star sits down to dinner, perfectly at home. And if that all sounds too grown-up for you, there is stellar pizza on Mondays. 11930 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood; (310) 207-0127, vincentiristorante.com. Fri., noon-2 p.m.; Mon.-Sat., 5:30-10 p.m. (closing time may vary). Entrees $18-$44. Full bar.

 

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The 99 Essential Restaurants List:

A-Frame
Alma
Angelini Osteria
Animal
Attari Sandwich Shop
Bäco Mercat
Bar Amá
The Bazaar
Bestia
BierBeisl
Bludso's
Cacao Mexicatessen
Canelé
La Casita Mexicana
Cemitas Poblanas Elviritas
Chichen Itza
Chung King
Cole's
Coni'Seafood
Cube Cafe & Marketplace
Din Tai Fung
Eva
Father's Office
Fred 62
Gjelina
Golden Deli
Go's Mart
Il Grano
Guelaguetza
Guisados
Hatfield's
Ha Tien Quan
Hawkins House of Burgers
Hayat's Kitchen
El Huarache Azteca
Huckleberry
The Hungry Cat
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Jar
Jitlada
JTYH Heavy Noodle II
Kang Ho Dong Baekjong
Kiriko
Kiyokawa
Kogi Truck
Krua Siri
L&E Oyster Bar
Langer's
Little Dom's
Lucques
Ludo Truck
Lukshon
Mariscos Jalisco
Matsuhisa
Meals by Genet
Mélisse
Milo and Olive
Mo-Chica
Musso & Frank
Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa
Nickel Diner
Night + Market
Oinkster
Osteria Mozza
Pann's
Pa-Ord Noodle
El Parian
Park's BBQ
Philippe the Original
Picca
Pink's
Pizzeria Mozza
Playa
Pollo a la Brasa
Providence
R&R Soul Food
Ración
Red Medicine
Ricky's Fish Tacos
Rivera
Rocio's Moles de los Dioses
Salt's Cure
Sapp Coffee Shop
Savoy Kitchen
Sea Harbour
Shanghai No. 1 Village Seafood
Soban
Son of a Gun
Sotto
Spago
The Spice Table
Superba Snack Bar
Tacos Leo
The Tasting Kitchen
Tavern
Tsujita LA
Vincenti Ristorante
Wurstküche
Zam Zam Market

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Vincenti Ristorante

11930 San Vicente Blvd.
Brentwood, CA 90049

310-207-0127

www.vincentiristorante.com

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