Pasta e Pasta By Allegro, Little Tokyo
Los Angeles isn’t known for its Italian food, but Pasta e Pasta by Allegro is the Italian-Japanese restaurant that’ll make you respect LA’s creativity. Instead of the traditional Italian pasta smothered in olive oil and butter, you get Wafu, a Japanese-style noodle dressed with dashi broth, soy sauce, sweetened rice wine, and mushrooms. With that in mind, you need to try the uni pasta: sea urchin, anchovies, tomato, garlic, and cream sauce. To drive it home, you can have Italian wine or Asahi Japanese beer on draft.