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Angelini Osteria

7313 Beverly Blvd.
Fairfax, CA 90036
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Angelini Osteria

Anne Fishbein


  • Mon.-Thurs. noon-2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Fri. noon-2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • $$$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted

There is hardly a restaurant so ingrained in the life of its neighborhood or its customers as Angelini Osteria, a place that seems as if it has been here for all of civilized history. (In today's restaurant market, 16 years practically is all of civilized history.) That it is such a classic Italian eatery, complete with no-nonsense, charming professional waiters, probably explains much of its timeless feel, as does the room full of older customers, many of whom come here every week and sit at the exact same table. (The people-watching at Angelini is outstanding, made all the easier because the tables are so thoroughly crammed together.) Gino Angelini's exceptional pastas, still — even in this age of handmade pasta bounty — are some of the best in town, whether coated in a simple eggplant and tomato sauce, or laden with uni and seafood funk. In Los Angeles, sometimes extreme quality and extreme popularity do not cohabitate. Angelini is one of the happy examples of the two enjoying a long and fruitful marriage. —Besha Rodell

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