Get your spaghetti on because National Spaghetti Day is here. It’s a great excuse to load up on delicious carbs. You won’t be disappointed in what Los Angeles has to offer, either. Each of these restaurants delivers on authenticity and profound flavor. The beauty of spaghetti is that this pasta is a perfectly blank canvas for chefs. From traditional spaghetti and meatballs to the more gourmet penchants of spaghetti and lobster, each of these perfect dishes is prepared with inspiration and appreciation.
Manhattan Beach Post
1142 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Getting to the South Bay is an easy hop on the 405 Freeway, and it is well worth the trip to Manhattan Beach Post. Renowned for his fine dining mastery and seafood presentations at Water Grill and Charlie Trotters, Chef David LeFevre’s specialty house-made cavatelli with tomato and lamb ragout ($15) is rich and full of texture. The dish is even more incredible because LeFevre tops the ragout with feta cheese and fresh basil, giving it a fresh twist. Add the grilled naan flat bread ($4) for dipping and passopisciaro, a red wine from Sicily (Rosso Sicilia) produced by a famous house in Tuscany called Trinoro, for sipping.
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Lazy Dog Cafe
172 W. Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
After a day of shopping the malls, a classic bowl of spaghetti can really bring you back to life. Lazy Dog’s Chef Gabe Calliendo creates a traditional interpretation of the spaghetti and meat sauce ($12.95), which is perfect for all ages. The pasta soaks up Calliendo’s housemade meat sauce made from rich, slow-cooked tomatoes and a touch of alfredo with the requisite grating of fresh parmesan. Inspired by a lodge in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Lazy Dog Restaurant is exactly what comfort food is all about.
8764 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Classic Italian food is the heart and soul of Cecconi’s. At the top of Chef Andrea Cavaliere’s specialties is his spaghetti lobster ($28), a signature dish from this West Hollywood kitchen. Cavaliere’s Northern Italian roots inspire Cecconi’s spaghetti dish. The al dente pasta noodles are luxuriously enrobed with a traditional Italian tomato sauce and generous pieces of lobster. On the side, order the artichoke romana with lemon aioli ($8) for a light and tasty green. A great wine pick courtesy of Cecconi’s general manager and sommelier Marino Monferrato is Jermann Vinnae Ribolla Gialla, 2011 from Friuli Venezia Giulia
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6602 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
From the culinary “A-Team” of Osteria Mozza comes one of the best spaghetti dishes in L.A. Spaghetti alla calabrese with marinated white anchovies ($19) is palate satisfying. The rural dish is the master preparation of Chef Nancy Silverton along with restaurateur Mario Batali. They come together with wine maker Joe Bastianich at the popular Osteria Mozza, blending their individual expertise and tastes. The Lambrusco Secco handcrafted by Paola Rinaldini Pronto ($12) from the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy is a wonderful sparkling wine with dinner.
9575 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
The Southern Italian dishes at Sotto are more than excellent. Chefs Steve Samson and Zach Pollack team up in a shared Italian devotion. Their fresh house-made pastas include spaghetti with almonds, colatura (anchovy), uva passa (raisins) and fennel pollen ($18) is a unique Southern Italian dish like none other. Sotto’s house made bread served with olive oil ($3) and fresh burrata ($9) is a slice of heaven.
Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.