If you have a hankering for some of the best ravioli around the greater Los Angeles area, it isn’t as hard of a find as you might think — some awesome ravioli dishes exist in the City of Angels, not to mention at affordable prices. While many people go to Italian restaurants seeking out spaghetti and other versions of pasta, ravioli can be, and oftentimes is, what they long for when all is said and done. Enjoying that dish of ravioli, a nice glass of wine and some garlic bread can cap off a great day or night. With that in mind, check out these establishments and more when your ravioli craving is tugging at you:
6001 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
The ravioli here is not only a fan favorite, but one of many dishes at affordable prices. Marino Ristorante got its start from original owner, chef and proprietor Ciro (Mario to American friends) Marino, who has been a part of the restaurant scene for more than 50 years. Family-owned, the restaurant features the talents of son Mario Jr. and his charming mom, Maria. The decor is nothing short of classic old-school, with memorabilia from a 50-year career showcased throughout the venue. Customers can order homemade ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach, fresh tomato and basil for less than $25. If you have an urge for something else on the menu, try options like fettuccine funghi, linguine Alla Pescatore, linguine scallops, linguine Alle Vongole, and a number of veal dishes. A visit to Marino Restaurant (open all but Sundays) is likely to bring you back for more.
Franco On Melrose
6919 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
As that ravioli craving comes your way, simply head on over to Franco on Melrose. Tabbed as one of the “greatest chefs in Southern California” and the “most amazing Italian cuisine culinarian west of Rome,” the owner and executive chef of Franco on Melrose, Franco de Dominicis, came up with a home away from home for his patrons. There are a number of ravioli dishes awaiting you (all under $20), including: Ravioli Verdi, Braised Spinach & Kale, Ricotta, roasted cherry tomato, touch marinara, basil, Ravioli Zucca, roasted butternut squash ravioli, light brown butter sage sauce, Parmiggiano, Ravioli di Maiale, pork cheeks, Prosciutto, Ricotta, Mascarpone, Fresh Porcini & Chanterelle, Parmaggiano and Ravioli all’aragosta, lobster meat, cauliflower pure, while mushroom and snow peas. Franco on Melrose is open 6 – 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 5:30 – 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 5:30 – 10 p.m. on Sundays.
429 W. 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
When it is time to feast on a great dish of ravioli, make Colori Kitchen your choice. Opened approximately three years ago by chef Luigi Barducci Contessi and his wife Paola, this establishment is a small neighborhood eatery situated in a petite storefront on Eighth Street downtown’s historic district. Among the menu options is a delicious plate of Ravioli Ricotta E Spinaci for less than $20. The offering (vegetarian) is a fresh ravioli pasta filled with spinach & ricotta cheese in a tomato sauce. Also less than $20 is Ravioli Di Zucca, which comprises fresh ravioli pasta (vegetarian) filled with pumpkin in a creamy walnuts sauce. Guests can also opt for Spaghetti Pomodoro, Spaghetti Al Pesto, Fettuccine Alfredo and the traditional spaghetti and meatballs The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
332 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
If your taste buds are calling out for ravioli, you’ve come to the right place. Maccheroni Republic sets itself apart from a number of other such eateries by crafting all of its pasta fresh on the premises, using only the best when it comes to organic flour and semolina. Among the selections is the Ravioli DiZucca (around $15 per plate), which is pumpkin ravioli with butter cream truffle cheese sauce. Patrons can also opt for such plates as Rigatoni, Linguine Al Frutti Di Mare, Fusili Al Salmone Fresco E Verdure and Trifogli Del Fattore, among other selections. If you still have room left, there is a wide array of dessert options available.
2903 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Searching for some great ravioli without breaking the bank? Look no further than Aroma Restaurant on West Sunset Boulevard. The establishment on Sunset Blvd. offers cheese ravioli (with mushrooms in cream sauce) and meat ravioli (in a cream tomato sauce), both for less than $20 per plate. Among some of the other selections to wet your appetite include spaghetti shrimp, fettuccine Alfredo, linguini seafood, penne and a variety of veal offerings. Patrons also have the option of ordering online (delivery or takeout), with the restaurant open Monday – Sunday 5 – 10 p.m. Lastly, there is valet parking available, along with street parking.
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