Los Angeles, CA

Broccoli & Asparagus Soup (vegan)
Baby Raw Artichoke Salad arugula, w/o shaved parmesan
Spaghetti eggplant, tomato, basil & dried ricotta
Bombolotti all’ Amatriciana w/o guanciale, san marzano tomatoes & hot pepper

Cindy has mentioned Angelini a number of times over the last few months. I should have gotten the hint a long time ago, but better late than never I suppose. Actually, I’ve owed her a solid date for some time now (thanks for being patient, Cindy) and I figured an afternoon walking around LACMA and dinner at Angelini might be a nice surprise. Angelini is a relatively small space on Beverly Blvd. and we were surprised at how cozy it was. Sometimes smaller spaces can be intimidating and loud, and Angelini managed to avoid both these distinctions. Not to mention, our waiter had that perfect Italiano accent you’d expect from a reputable Italian restaurant. After our standard, “So, we’re vegetarians…” he walked us through the menu and made a number of suggestions. Italian is usually an easy pick for vegetarians or vegans because you can always make you’re own. I didn’t need to and enjoyed my Spaghetti immensely.  Cindy found a dish that she wanted, but it had pork cheek in it. Kind of a deal breaker. The waiter offered to amend the dish and the Chef made something a little special for her.  After our delicious meals we were too full for desert, but no real loss, we had enjoyed plenty of  food already. In all, the night had some contemporary art, great food, and better company.

I’d probably try one of their salads and give another pasta a try. Everything coming out of the kitchen looked fresh and delicious.  There was a fish plate that appeared to be a favorite, as we saw about five of them in just the short time we were there. For all those gluten-free friends out there, don’t fret, there are several risottos to choose from.  It was a special occasion so Cindy made an exception and enjoyed her glutenous meal.