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  1. Menus
    What to Eat For Breakfast at Drago CentroBreakfast staples get an Italian influence, as in a panini of scrambled eggs with fig mostarda.
  2. Foodievents
    Mario Batali Is Cooking at Coast on January 28thIn a rare visit, the massively famous ginger chef will cook two lunches in Santa Monica.
  3. Chef Shuffles
    On the Road Again: Jason Neroni Bails La BucaThe chef takes another step in a storied career just eight months after joining the neighborhood Italian.
  4. Foodievents
    Battle of the Nonnas: Marino Ristorante Pits Venice Vs. NaplesTwo local Italian grandmas will represent their hometown through a six-course dinner battle.
  5. Closings
    Angeli Caffe Gets Week-Long ReprieveThe business will now shutter on Friday the 13th in order to accommodate everyone’s last meal.
  6. Closings
    What a Drag-o! Celestino Drago Closing Santa Monica FlagshipWith endless options for mediocre Italian food crowing the neighborhood, it’s difficult to part with a restaurant that consistently kept the bar raised.
  7. Empire Building
    IDG’s Soleto Replacing Zucca in DowntownDelphine chef Sascha Lyon is planning the menus for this Italian trattoria and pizza bar.
  8. Menus
    What to Eat at Livello, Opening January 10 in Beverly HillsA look at Joseph Elevado’s opening menu.
  9. Quote of the Day
    What a Long Strange Trip for Evan KleimanSpecial moments for Evan Kleiman and Angeli Caffe.
  10. Closing
    After 27 Years on Melrose, Evan Kleiman to Close Angeli CaffeThe quintessential neighborhood restaurant shutters in January.
  11. Menus
    Lentils For LuckGet your lucky New Year’s Italian meal in Santa Monica.
  12. Coming Up
    Details on Top Chef Alum Stephen Asprinio’s Pizza Vinoteca,With mesquite-grilled pizzas and enomatically dispensed wine.
  13. Deals
    All Pizzas Half-Off at Historia del Piccolo This ThursdayThe restaurant’s first birthday ushers in $7.00-$9.00 pies for all.
  14. Look Who’s Popping Up
    Who’s Cooking Next at Canele’s Guest Series?Angeleno’s restaurant critic and frequent Grub Street L.A. guest-star, Lesley Balla, is prepping a menu based on her hometown memories.
  15. The Other Critics
    Gold Feels Out MaximilianoThough the re-invented red-sauce has some sticking points, the critic predicts great things to come.
  16. What to Eat
    What to Eat at Zi Pep, Bringing Southern Italian Food to the East VillageThe restaurant opens next week.
  17. Look Who’s Popping Up
    L’Ermitage Offers Sneak Peak of New Restaurant at Livello Test KitchenJoseph Elevado will prepare a different menu of Asian and Italian-influenced dishes every Thursday through December.
  18. Openings
    Andre Guerrero Opens Maximiliano This FridayThe chef is cooking restrained recipes of homey Italian with ingredients from one trusted local grower.
  19. Dinner
    Locanda del Lago Makes Dinner Out of One Unlucky LambGianfranco Minuz, who recently joined the Northern Italian restaurant from Tre Venezie, plans five-courses of lamb dishes.
  20. Let’s Do Lunch
    Fig & Olive Launches a $28 Pre-Fixe LunchIt may not be presidential, but it should help keep you out of debt.
  21. Truckin’
    Fernet-Branca Wants to Lure You Into Its VanThe acquired Italian taste will spend five days giving away free stuff in L.A.
  22. Foodievents
    Where to Feast for San Gennaro in L.A.Join Jimmy Kimmel in Hollywood or Brandon Boudet in Beverly Hills to get your zeppole fix.
  23. Coming Soon
    Trastevere Owners Bringing Piazza al Mare to Santa Monica Pier in 2012In other news, Rusty’s Surf Ranch could soon be replaced when its lease goes belly up.
  24. Closings
    Pane e Vino Ends Two Decade Stand on BeverlyWhile only distantly related, the brand’s Santa Barbara and San Francisco outposts are still surviving.
  25. Menus
    Special Menus at Drago Centro and Il Grano Turn L.A. Into La Tomatina!Two of our favorite Italians get creative with the summer’s ripe red bounty.
  26. Openings
    Rocco’s Tavern Brings Old-School Italian to Culver City on FridayA new Culver City spot for classics like linguini and clams, NY-style thin-crust pizza and more.
  27. Openings
    La Buca Opens a Retail StoreWhatever you’re working on would probably be improved by some pork fat almonds.
  28. Empire Building
    IDG Taking Over Zucca Space with Trattoria ConceptThe restaurant group will no doubt take a similar glossy/loungey approach to this concept, like always.
  29. Closings
    Patina Shutters Downtown’s ZuccaAfter ten years, the Downtown pioneer will no more live to see the neighborhood’s renaissance.
  30. Empire Building
    Bottega Louie Upgrading Its Sandwich DepartmentThe Downtown Italian is looking for a European sandwich specialist for its newest station.
  31. Openings
    The Invasion Continues With Mr. C, Now Open in 90210The Cipriani family make their West Coast debut with a hotel and restaurant.
  32. Openings
    Why Coly’s Stromboli Sounds Pretty Cool AlreadyGroovy seventies signage and a dependable team have us already chomping at the bit to try this surprise restaurant from the owners of The Must.
  33. Mediavore
    Woman Threatens Dairy Queen With Grenade; Red Meat Is Still Bad For YouA new study finds red and processed meats come with an increased risk for certain cancers.
  34. Pizza Pizza
    What to Eat at Stella Rossa, Now Open in Santa MonicaA simple menu of white and red pies is complimented by a strong draft beer presence and wines from California and Italy.
  35. Slideshow
    L.A. Pasta Porn: Five More Plates To Try NowFrom classics like Zucca’s butternut squash tortelloni to La Buca’s brand-new pea shoot angelotti, Los Angeles has even more great Italian dishes that we recommend you try.
  36. R.I.P.
    Italian Chef Giorgio Baldi Dies in EnsenadaIn 1990, the Tuscan-born chef opened his Santa Monica restaurant, which soon became a popular celebrity destination.
  37. Slideshow
    A Look at Villetta’s Space and Menu, Opening April 14thIn Italian-saturated Brentwood, Villetta is bringing something new and more glamorous to its tables.
  38. Chef Shuffles
    Walter el Nagar-Cestrone Named Exec Chef at Locanda del LagoThe restaurant is celebrating 20 years with a new toque and new menu items that honor Lombardy.
  39. The Other Critics
    Jonathan Gold Opts for Robata Jinya’s Ramen; Ecco’s Pizzas Please S. IreneStrangely, it’s not the robata that wows L.A.’s number-one critic at Robata Jinya.
  40. Duck You Sucker
    Drago Drops Six Courses of DuckAvailable through April, the Santa Monica Italian will serve foie gras, 63 degree duck egg, duck confit risotto, and three other riffs on the poultry.
  41. Imports
    Yes California, There Is An Eataly Being Considered In L.A.A publicist confirms that partners are actively looking for locations, though the whole idea is simply being “considered.” Hmm?
  42. Empire Building
    Lillo Caffe Coming to Century CityThe founding family claims you can’t get a decent cup of espresso in L.A., so they started their own roasting facility and cafe chain.
  43. Closings
    Gino Angelini’s Minestraio Meets Its EndThe Italian trattoria’s attempt to stay alive with small plates had unfortunately not worked as planned.
  44. Neighborhood Watch
    Gjelina Adding Take-Out Depot; Mezze Opening in Late-MarchIs Gjelina without all eyes on your $700 yoga pants still going to be in-demand?
  45. Coming Soon
    Fig & Olive Opening March 3rd on Melrose PlaceWill this New York import be the next success like Scarpetta or more like the Obika of olive oil?
  46. Reopenings
    Pasadena’s Manny’s Pizzeria Reopening in BrentwoodClosed after serving Old Town for 20 years, the pizza and pasta restaurant has a tiny new home.
  47. Coming Soon
    Sean MacPherson Gearing Up to Open Il Covo in Old Orso SpaceRoberto Maggioni, last found at Locanda del Lago, will be executive chef at this new authentic Italian.
  48. L.A. Diet
    Debi Mazar Cooks Like ‘Mama,’ Misses New York Bagels“I thought, I’ll have a glass of Chianti, fuck it, ‘cause I’m stuck at home taking care of the sick. I’m basically Nurse Ratched over here.”
  49. Openings
    Zucca Starts a Restaurant Within A RistoranteThe patio, now called Piazza, serves inexpensive antipasti all day, unlike the restaurant that houses it.
  50. Coming Soon
    Villetta Grand-Opening February 15th With Inspired Italian and a Vulcan PastryTaking over Chez Mimi, the Italian restaurant’s exec chef is a New York vet and the pastry chef used to be on Star Trek.
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