DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Since opening in January 2007, L’Angolo has become a favorite stop for Downtown residents and local workers from the nearby Fashion District and Historic Core. Chef Julio Perdomo serves up traditional Italian cuisine with fresh local ingredients and a bit of California flair in this casual elegant eatery.

Located on the corner of Spring and Ninth streets, L’Angolo lures diners into the lovely space set with white tablecloths, sparkling glass and dark wood accents. A cozy, relaxing atmosphere makes for a nice place to linger over a glass of wine and conversation.

Salads are a lunchtime favorite, with options such as the Caprese with fresh mozzarella, the grilled salmon with balsamic and the ahi tuna Niçoise. The gourmet burgers are a particular draw, and it’s easy to see why. Diners can’t get enough of the seven-ounce Kobe on a brioche bun (the restaurant’s most popular item), the gorgonzola version with caramelized onions and sauteed mushrooms or the house made salmon or turkey burger. For lighter fare, there are a host of delicious panini and wraps — you can even order them for takeout if you’ve got to get back to the office in a hurry.

The hand-rolled pastas are delightful, and the menu has plenty of options. From the fluffy potato gnocchi and comforting spaghetti Bolognese to the freshly made lasagna and creamy penne alla vodka, there’s something for everyone. Seafood dishes feature fresh fish like the grilled salmon with a lemon caper sauce or the red snapper with white wine and pesto. The succulent fish tacos, a nod to L.A. culture, are a great lunchtime choice — they’re packed with flavorful pico de gallo, sour cream, cheese and cabbage.

For hearty appetites, the entree specials include the excellent eggplant parmigiana and the pork tenderloin with brown mushroom sauce. Likewise, you can order your chicken in just about any style, including piccata, marsala, parmigiana, fried or the regulars’ favorite — with house-made artichoke sauce.

Dinner brings a tempting array of antipasti, from delicate calamari to crab croquette and grilled octopus. Salads take a more elegant spin, with the popular burratta and the goat cheese with pine nuts. Likewise, simple ravioli is elevated with ingredients like lobster, pumpkin, shaved truffle or pear and gorgonzola. Don’t miss the heavenly wild mushroom risotto or the flame-grilled New York strip with peppercorn sauce. For a sweet finish, be sure to order an espresso and one of the restaurant’s daily, amazing house-made dessert specials — like the vanilla panna cotta.

For those looking for an after-work happy hour haunt, L’Angolo is a casual yet elegant option to meet up with co-workers or friends for a glass of wine or beer and some excellent appetizers.

L’Angolo also offers catering for groups of 10 to 100. From office events to at-home gatherings, they can provide hors d’oeuvres or entree dishes with panache.

At 101 W. Ninth St., (213) 622-2262 or Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 12-11 p.m., closed Sunday. Happy hour 3-6 p.m. Lunch delivery.

Cuisine: Cal-Italian

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